At its simplest, a search can be just a word or a
phrase. But with the tips on this page, you can expand the focus
of your search to give you more complete results.
Look for words with the same prefix. For
example, in your query form, type key*
to find key, keying, keyhole, keyboard, and so on.
Search for all forms of a word. For
example, in the form type sink** to find
sink, sinking, sank, and sunk.
Search with the keyword NEAR, rather than
AND, for words close to each other. For example, both of
these queries, system and manager and system
near manager, look for the words system and
manager on the same page. But with NEAR, the
returned pages are ranked in order of proximity: The
closer together the words are, the higher the rank of
Refine your queries with the AND NOT
keywords to exclude certain text from your search. For
example, if you want to find all instances of surfing but
not surfing the Net, write the following query:
surfing AND NOT the Net
Add the OR keyword to find all instances
of either one word or another; for example:
Abbott OR Costello
This query finds all pages that mention Abbott or
Costello or both.
Put quotation marks around keywords if
you want to search for them literally. For instance, if
you type the following query:
"system near manager"
The search will literally look for the complete phrase
system near manager. But if you type the same query
without the quotation marks:
system near manager
All documents with the words system and manager
will be displayed.