Skip a Number of Documents

If the query bar displays the Skip option, you can specify how many documents to skip before returning the result set.

Set Documents to Skip

To specify the number of documents to skip:

  1. In the Query Bar, click Options.

  2. Enter an integer representing the number of documents to skip into the Skip field.

  3. Click Find to run the query and view the updated results.


    For query result sets larger than 1000 documents, Compass shows a sampling of the results. Otherwise, Compass shows the entire result set.

    For details on sampling, see Sampling.

Clear the Query

To clear the query bar and the results of the query, click Reset.

To Learn More

See the skip entry in the MongoDB Manual.

How Does the Compass Query Compare to MongoDB and SQL Queries?

$skip corresponds to the LIMIT ... OFFSET ... clause in a SQL SELECT statement.


You have a 3,235 articles. You would like to see a list of articles grouped in blocks of 50, starting with the 436th record.

SELECT * FROM article
MongoDB Aggregation
  { $limit : 50 },
  { $skip : 435 }
Compass Skip Option
$skip : 435