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 and acquaint you with the full power of Microsoft Index
for words with the same prefix. For example, in your query form
type key* to find key, keying,
keyhole, keyboard, and so on.
for all forms of a word. For example, in the form type sink**
to find sink, sinking, sank, and sunk.
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.
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:
AND NOT the Net
- Add the OR
keyword to find all instances of either one word or another, for example:
finds all pages that mention Abbott or Costello or both.
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
system near manager
Index Server searches all documents for the words system