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Search Syntax in Full-Text Searches

5/10/2007

The following list outlines basic rules for formulating queries:

  • Searches are not case-sensitive, so you can type your search in uppercase or lowercase characters.
  • You can search for any combination of letters (a–z) and numbers (0–9). You cannot search for the following reserved words: and, near, not, or.
  • Punctuation marks such as the period (.), colon (:), semicolon (;), comma (,), and hyphen (-) are ignored during a search.
  • Group the elements of your search using double quotation marks ("") or parentheses (). You cannot search for quotation marks.

If you are searching for a file name with an extension, you should group the entire string in double quotation marks ("Filename.ext"). Otherwise, the search will treat the period as an OR operator.

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