Basic Rules and Tips for Local Search

Use these rules and tips to improve your search results.
  • Wildcards — Use wildcards at the beginning or end of a word. Search automatically includes a wildcard after each word you enter in order to display stemming results (-ing, -ed, plurals, and so on), except when the “Exact match of search words” filter is enabled. For example, to include hits on the plural form of “instance”, you would enter “instance*” (or just “instance” due to the default wildcard at the end). Results returned include: instance, instances, and instanced. To also search for “instantiate” and “instantiation”, you could enter “instan*”. Note that the question mark (?) wildcard is not supported.

    Note:

    If you begin your search word with an asterisk (*), all words in the search database must be scanned for a potential match. This can take significantly longer than a search where you specify the beginning characters of the word.

  • Phrases — Search phrases are not supported. Quotes have no effect on search. The results list first contains topics with all of the specified words, although not necessarily as an exact phrase. Next in the results list are topics with all but one of the words, then topics with all but two of the words, and so on. You can search for phrases on Support Center.

  • Letter case — Do not search based on letter case. The search engine is not case sensitive.

  • Special characters — Single or double quotes have no effect on search and are not searchable.

    • Special characters that are typically part of software language keywords or commands can be included in search words. Examples of these characters are: dollar sign ($), period (.), colon (:), pound (#), and dash (-).

    • Some special characters are treated as white space and are not searchable. If they are submitted in the search, they are automatically stripped before the search occurs. These characters include: < > + = , ? ! ; | @ ~ " ^ { } [ ] ( ) / \

    • Also see “Searching for Commands, Functions, and Options”.

  • Exclude words — Some common language words are excluded from search. Computer terms included in this list are: and, do, else, if, or, then, to, when, and while, unless they appear in the heading of a reference page.

  • Multiple words — Enter multiple keywords. The results list contains topics with all of the specified words first, although not necessarily as an exact phrase. Next in the list, topics with all but one of the words are listed, then topics with all but two of the words, and so on.