Tips for improving search results

If your search phrase contains commonly used words, you might see more results than you want to review. In most cases, you can improve the results by modifying the search definition.

Additional terms

If you used a short or general search phrase, adding more detail often returns more precise results.

Boolean operators

Boolean AND, OR, and NOT operators are valid. The default search is based on an AND operation. If you search for node setup, the search returns common forms of node and common forms of setup.

If you want to increase the number of results, use the OR operator. For example, refining the original example to node AND (setup OR configure) also includes topics with common forms of configure.

If you want to reduce the number of results, use the NOT operator. For example, refining the original example to node setup NOT lif eliminates topics that also contain lif.

Exact string search

You can put quotation marks around a search phrase to limit results to instances of the exact phrase.

If you want to see only topics with the word installing, use quotation marks: "installing".

You can mix quoted and unquoted terms in a single search. For example, entering "installing" certificates will return common variants of certificate used in topics with the exact word installing.

Filtering the search

You can quickly reduce the pool of topics by creating a filter to eliminate publications that are not of interest to you or are not applicable to your current search.

Applying a filter


You can use * and ? operators in the search phrase.

One or more characters
A single character

Because the search results already include common variants of the search terms, wildcards generally do not alter the results significantly.

The wildcard must not be the first character in the search phrase.