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Boolean usage in searching via Dasboard

  Asked By: Brenda    Date: Mar 02    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 811

I can find no way to carry out searches using boolean snytax like
AND, +.

I cannot believe that microsoft has missed this ability out of the
product, as surely users would like to have the ability to trim down
their search results with additional words or phrases. Unfortunately
it always seems to act as an OR syntax.



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Josie Barron     Answered On: Mar 02

you can use the following:

OR conjunction: word1, word2

AND conjunction: "word1", "word2"

Answer #2    Answered By: Tamika Cummings     Answered On: Mar 02

For me it's a fatal error if MS missed the capability to do phrase
searching. I tried several times, but the search  result is far from
satisfied. Even the previous index server has this capability.

Any idea how to handle this problem?

Answer #3    Answered By: Linsey Bauer     Answered On: Mar 02

why are you trying to re-invent the wheel here? Can
this be standardised or at least be made more clear. OR is OR and AND
is AND, or isn't (aint!) it? How do I search  for "Roland, Martin or
anybody" in a sharepoint document? And even if I can figure it out --
"Roland", "Martin", "or", "anybody" would be close, but not only find
the whole phrase --, how does a normal office worker figure that out?
After all, we want everybody in an org to use this, not just the
developers or techies...

Answer #4    Answered By: Ivy Salinas     Answered On: Mar 02

What do you mean exactly? ARe you using FREETEXT or CONTAINS predicate in
your search  query?

Using the CONTAINS predicate, you are essentially forced to use boolean
searching for anything other than a phrase search. Phrase search is the
default behavior, so it is certainly there. To use boolean  and a mix of
phrase and/or word searches, surround the terms with quotation marks.

"exchange server" AND NOT "outlook"
would easily pull up all content with the phrase "exchange server" but not
containing the word outlook


By the way, you can also do inflectional forms, although it isn't the
default like with FREETEXT
We are very happy with the phrase search capabilities.

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