All of the Words
- Finds a list of words or phases.
- Use quotation marks around phrases: banana pear "apple pie"
- Add + directly in front of any word or phrase to require it: banana pear +"apple pie"
- Add - directly in front of any word or phrase or to exclude it: "apple pie" -salad
- Finds a single phrase (quotation marks are optional).
- Finds a structured group of words or phrases linked by and, or, w/, etc.
- tart apple pie - the entire phrase must be present
- apple pie and pear tart - both phrases must be present
- apple pie or pear tart - either phrase must be present
- apple pie and not pear tart - only apple pie must be present
- apple w/5 pear - apple must occur within 5 words of pear
- apple not w/27 pear - apple must not occur within 27 words of pear
- subject contains apple pie finds apple pie in a subject field
*Use parentheses when a search includes two or more connectors: apple and pear or orange juice
could mean (apple and pear) or orange
, or it could mean apple and (pear or orange)
- ? matches any single character:
appl? matches apply or apple
- * matches any number of characters:
appl*ion matches application
- ~~ indicates numeric range:
14~~18 looks for 14, 15, 16, 17 or 18
- = matches any single digit:
p12== matches p1234
Default sort order
The default sort order of search results depends on whether the maximum size of search results is limited, and the type of selection being done.
If MaxFilesToRetrieve is greater than zero, then only the best-matching files are included in search results. Search results will be sorted either by relevance or, if the flag dtsSearchSelectMostRecent is set, by modification date.
For information on how Search computes relevance, and for weighting and other options to control this computation, please see: