in bootstrap theme, I like to place the tags at the place where the search is now and move the search on top of the side panel.
how can I do this?
move the search module in the tpl file into the panel assets.
many of these changes are done altering the default.master.tpl file.
see the theme tutorial, discussions on modules and assets, and smarty template.
you can sort module with
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