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Use these options to perform searches in the Documentation.

Search Options

Description

Keyword

To search for files that contain keywords, enter the word(s). Pages that contain all of your keywords will be displayed.

  • Pages with a keyword in the title are ranked higher.
  • Keyword searches are not case-sensitive.

Exact Phrase

To search using an exact phrase, place quotation marks before and after the phrase.

Example:

  • "web analytics"

Title

To search for files with a specific word in the title, add title: in lower-case letters, followed by the keyword. You can also add quotation marks around the keywords to search by exact phrase

Examples:

  • title:data
  • title:"data protection"

Boolean

Boolean operators allow terms to be combined through logic operators. You can search using AND, OR, and NOT as Boolean operators.

  • Boolean operators must be typed in upper case.
  • By default, the logical operator for searches is AND.
  • You can combine Keyword, Exact Phrase, and Title search with Boolean operators.

Examples:

  • To search for pages that contain either "data protection" or just "backup", type: "data protection" OR backup
  • To search for pages that contain either "data protection" and "backup", type: "data protection" AND backup
  • To search for pages that contain "data protection " but not "backup", type: "data protection" NOT backup
  • To search for pages that contain " data protection " but not "backup schedule", type: "data protection" NOT "backup schedule"

Wildcards

You can search using single and multiple wildcard character within single terms.

  • To perform a single character wildcard search use the "?" symbol. The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match with the single character replaced.

    Example:

    • To search for "best" or "test", type: ?est
  • To perform a multiple character wildcard search, use the "*" symbol.

    Example:

    • To search for "bet", "better", "betting" or "betted", type: bet*
  • You can use the wildcard character in the middle of a word.
  • Example:

    • To search for "books" or "boots", type: boo*s
  • Wildcards are not supported within exact phrases contained in quotes.
  • Multiple wildcards cannot be used in the same search.

Grouping

Use parentheses "()" to group clauses to form sub queries. This is used to control the Boolean logic for a search.

Examples

  • To search for "backup" or "archive" and "data", type: (backup OR archive) AND data

Boolean queries without parentheses will be evaluated from left to right.

Fuzzy Search

Use a fuzzy search to locate terms similar in spelling to the search keyword or match similar terms. To perform a fuzzy search, use the tilde "~" symbol at the end of single keyword.

Example:

  • To search for a term similar to CommServe, type: CommS~

The search results will contain documents containing "CommServe", "CommCell", "Common", etc.

For greater or less similarity to the search term, an optional similarity ratio can be specified. The similarity ratio is written after the tilde,"~" symbol.

  • The default is 0.5.
  • Range is from 0.0 to 0.999.
  • Smaller ratios indicate that less similarity is required. Larger ratios indicate that greater similarity is required.

Example:

  • To search for a term very similar to "CommServe", type: CommServ~0.8