JoRo’s advice is sound. The search bar in the toolbar is a “Quick Search” bar that allows you to type a few words to quickly navigate to a document. It works much like the search bar in Safari, with the menu being the same width as the bar (I’m guessing you have a lot of toolbar items or a narrow window so that the search bar is narrow). Project Search, on the other hand, shows all of the search results in the binder area, allowing you to navigate between them.
Thanks, Jo, that may be as good as it gets. Ideally, to save time and be sure I see all instances, I’d love to see not only the file(s) listed containing the search term, but all instances, in a list, as MS Word does in its sidebar, see my attachment.
If you click the magnifying-glass icon in project search, you are given options to refine the scope of any search. For example, “Search Binder Selection Only” can be very useful in limiting searches to set files / folders.
And on that last note, since the Find panel is already pre-filled to the project search term, you don’t even have to open it and can simply scroll the editor to the next or previous match using the standard shorcuts for them, ⌘G and ⇧⌘G, respectively.
For even more detail into your search results, click the “hook arrow” button up by the X button where you close the search results sidebar. That will load the results into the main editor, where they can be viewed as corkboard, outliner or Scrivenings. I often prefer the latter, for text-based search results, since I can use the aforementioned ⌘G shortcut to jump through every matching instance in the search scope without having to switch binder items.
Using that method, I rarely find myself at a loss for context, because it’s all right there.