Words, Phrases, and Wildcards in Full-Text Searches

5/10/2007

You can search for words or phrases and use wildcard expressions. The following table shows the search items, examples, and results of these types of searches.

Search item Example Results

Single word

Select

Topics that contain the word select. You will also find its grammatical variations, such as selector and selection.

Phrase

"new operator"

- or -

'new operator'

Topics that contain the literal phrase new operator and all its grammatical variations. Without the quotation marks, the query is equivalent to specifying a new AND operator, which will find topics containing both of the individual words, instead of the phrase.

Wildcard expression

Esc*

Topics that contain the terms ESC, escape, escalation, and so on. The asterisk cannot be the only character in the term.

Wildcard expression

component?macro

- or -

component*macro

Topics that contain the terms component, macro component, and so on. The question mark cannot be the only character in the term.

You can only use the question mark (?) wildcard expression if the wildcard characters are numbers.

Wildcard expression

*group

Topics that contain the terms component group, and so on.

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