Search tips are only applicable to documents in HTML format. To search PDF only documents, you must search within the individual PDF files.
To search across specific collections:
Click Search Scope.
The Select Search Scope dialog box appears.
Select Search only the following topics.
The New Search List dialog box appears.
Type a descriptive name for your search in the List name field.
Select the topics (collections) you want to search in the Topics to search section.
Selecting a top-level checkbox extends the scope of the search to all subtopics. Use the plus and minus signs to the left of topics to expand and collapse the associated subtopics.
The Select Search Scope dialog box appears with your selection highlighted.
Enter a query into the Search field from the InfoCenter toolbar.
The search results for your specified collections display in the Search Results pane.
The narrowed search scope remains in effect for future searches until it is changed.
To search across all collections:
Enter a query in the Search field.
Use the following rules to enter a query:
Use AND to require the term on each side of the AND operator be present in the topic. There is an implied AND between search terms. Topics that contain every term in the query are listed in the search. For example, if you enter database service, topics that contain both the term database and the term service display. Topics that contains only the term service or only the term database do not display.
Use OR before optional terms. For example, if you enter database OR service, topics that contain either the term database or the term service display.
Use NOT before a term that you want to exclude from the search results. For example, database NOT service displays topics that contain the term database, but do not contain the term service.
Use ? to match any single character. For example, plu? displays topics that contain plug.
Use * to match any set of characters, including an empty string. For example, plu* displays topics that contain plug or plugin.
Use double quotation marks to enclose a term that is to be treated as a phrase. For example, "edit menu" displays topics with this entire term, not topics with only the term edit or the term menu.
Case is ignored. For example, database service displays database service, Database Service, and DATABASE SERVICE.
Punctuation acts as a term delimiter. For example, web.xml displays topics that contain web.xml, web, and xml. To display only topics that contain web.xml, enclose the term in double quotes.
In a search query, if you enter create, topics that contain create, creates, creating, and creation are displayed. To only see the term create, enclose the term in double quotes.
The following English words are ignored in search queries: a, and, are, as, at, be, but, by, in, into, is, it, no, not, of, on, or, s, such, t, that, the, their, then, there, these, they, to, was, will, with.
The search results display in the Search Results pane.