With 11gR2, there is this awesome feature which really make the search process very efficient and easy every time you use it. There are basically four ways of customizing and saving search results :-
a) Personalizing a search result To search for entities, such as organizations, users, or roles, you specify a search criteria. The search criteria includes search attributes that you add and other search conditions. After specifying search criteria, click Search. Oracle Identity Manager retrieves values that match the search criteria. This is known as the search result. You can personalize the search result to display or hide search attributes that appear as columns in the search results table. You can also change the order in which the columns appear in the search results table.
b) Sorting data in the search result : After you perform a search, Oracle Identity Manager retrieves values that match your search criteria (the search result), and places the data for this search result in the Search Results pane (in tabular form). You can sort the data in the search results table in ascending or descending order. When you place the mouse pointer on the column names in the search results table, up and down arrow keys appear. Clicking the up arrow key sorts the data in ascending order, and clicking the down arrow key sorts the data in descending order.
c) Creating saved searches After you personalize a search result, you can save it. This way, instead of specifying the search criteria every time you search for similar records, you can save a search and use the saved search to search for the records.
d) Using Query By Example After you perform a search, Oracle Identity Manager places the search result in the search results table. Sometimes, the search result can be large. As a result, you may have to scroll through multiple pages of results to find a specific role, resource, or entitlement. By using the Query By Example feature, you can refine the search results by providing additional filters. So for example, lets refine the search results table on the Search Users page of the Identity Self Service Console to display only those user records that have a first name that begins with the letter “O.”