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By default the search engine tries to locate pages which have exact matches for

all of the words entered in your search query. If that fails, it then tries to

locate pages which contain any words in your search query. If that happens a

short message is displayed at the top of the search results indicating this

has been done.

 

In addition, there are several ways to modify the default search behavior.

 

PHRASE SEARCH

The search engine supports three types of phrase search.

To match an exact phrase, use quotes around the phrase

Example: "free search engine"

 

To match a near (within a couple of words) phrase, use square brackets [around the words]

Example: [free search engine]

 

To match a far (within several words) phrase, use braces { around the words }

Example: {free search engine}

 

+ AND - QUALIFIERS

If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page.

If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not be on the page.

Example: +always ľnever

 

* WILDCARD

If a query word ends with a * all words on a page which start the same way as

that query word will match.

Example: gift*

 

? WILDCARD

If a query word contains a ? any character will match that position.

Example: b?g

 

BOOLEAN SEARCH

You can use the following boolean operators in your search: AND, OR, NOT. These

operators MUST be in capital letters.

Example: (contact AND us) OR (about AND us)

All of these techniques can be combined: +alway* -ne??r*