Tips for Searching
At its simplest, a query can be just a word or a phrase. But with the tips
on this page, you can expand the focus of your query to give you more complete
results. These tips will get you started with basic query language.
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 that page.
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 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,
Abbott OR Costello
This query finds all pages that mention Abbott or Costello or both.
Put quotation marks around keywords if you want Index Server to take them
literally. For instance, if you type the following query:
"system near manager"
Index Server will literally look for the complete phrase system near manager.
But if you type the same query without the quotation marks:
system near manager
Index Server searches all documents for the words system and manager.
Ranking of results is based on number of matches that a search term or phrase
generates within a query. The results are ranked with the highest number
of matches to the lowest. The hops image ,
indicates relative rankings.