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Advanced Search Operators in Search Expressions

By using advanced search operators, you can refine your search for content by creating more complicated search expressions from simpler ones. As the following table shows, these operators restrict the context in which a query runs.

Caution note Caution

You must enter advanced search operators with a final colon and no intervening space before the colon for the search engine to recognize them.

To search for

Use

Example

Result

A term in the title of the topic

title:

title:binaryreader

Topics that contain “binaryreader” in their titles.

A term in a code example

code:

code:readdouble

Topics that contain "readdouble" in a code example.

A term in an example of a specific programming language

code:vb:

code:vb:string

Topics that contain “string” in a Visual Basic example.

A topic that is associated with a specific index keyword

keyword:

keyword:readbyte

Topics that are associated with the “readbyte” index keyword.

You can use the code: operator to find content about any of several programming languages, but it returns results only for content that is marked up with a specific programming language. The following table lists the programming languages that this operator supports:

Programming Language

Use

Visual Basic

code:vb

or

code:visualbasic

C#

code:c#

or

code:csharp

C++

code:cpp

or

code:c++

or

code:cplusplus

F#

code:f#

or

code:fsharp

JavaScript

code:javascript

or

code:js

XAML

code:xaml

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