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This list gives the rules for formulating queries:
  • Multiple consecutive words within quotes are treated as a phrase; they must appear in the same order within a matching document.
  • Queries are case-insensitive, so you can type your query in uppercase or lowercase.
  • You can search for any word except for those in the exception list (for English, this includes a, an, and, as, and other common words), which are ignored during a search.
  • Words in the exception list are treated as placeholders in phrase and proximity queries. For example, if you searched for “Word for Windows”, the results could give you “Word for Windows” and “Word and Windows”, because for is a noise word and appears in the exception list.
  • Punctuation marks such as the period (.), colon (:), semicolon (;), and comma (,) are ignored during a search.
  • To use specially treated characters such as &, |, ^, #, @, $, (, ), in a query, enclose your query in quotation marks (“).
  • To search for a word or phrase containing quotation marks, enclose the entire phrase in quotation marks and then double the quotation marks around the word or words you want to surround with quotes. For example, “World-Wide Web or ““Web””” searches for World-Wide Web or “Web”.
  • You can use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, and NOT) and the Proximity Operator (NEAR) to specify additional search information.
  • The Wildcard Character (*) can match words with a given prefix. The query esc* matches the terms “ESC,” “escape,” and so on. Enclose your wildcard query in quotation marks. See chart below for examples.

Boolean and Proximity Operators

Boolean and proximity operators can create a more precise query.

To Search For Example Results
Both terms in the same page access and basic
Or
access & basic
Pages with both the words “access” and “basic”
Either term in a page cgi or isapi
Or
cgi | isapi
Pages with the words “cgi” or “isapi”
The first term without the second term access and not basic
Or
access & ! basic
Pages with the word “access” but not “basic”
Both terms in the same page, close together excel near project
Or
excel ~ project
Pages with the word “excel” near the word “project”


Wildcards

Wildcard operators help you find pages containing words similar to a given word. Enclose your wildcard query in quotation marks.

To Search For Example Results
Words with the same prefix "comput*" Pages with words that have the prefix “comput,” such as “computer,” “computing,” and so on
Words based on the samestem word "fly**" Pages with words based on the same stem as “fly,” such as “flying,” “flown,” “flew,” and so on
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