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 -never

* 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 the above techniques can be combined: Example: +alway* -ne??r*

  • Clicking Index above the search box will take you to an alphabetical list of all the words on the entire site (and thus the various ways to spell those words).

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