Boolean Searches

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Boolean Searches

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The AND, OR, NOT, and NEAR operators enable you to precisely define your search by creating a relationship between search terms. The following table shows how you can use each of these operators. If no operator is specified, AND is used. For example, the query "spacing border printing" is equivalent to "spacing AND border AND printing."


Both terms in the same topic : The use of dib AND palette  will find topics containing both the words "dib" and "palette."        

Either term in a topic : The use of raster OR vector  will find topics containing either the word "raster" or the word "vector" or both.        

The first term without the second term : The use of ole NOT dde  will find topics containing the word "OLE," but not the word "DDE."        

Both terms in the same topic, close together : The use of user NEAR kernel  will find topics containing the word "user" within eight words of the word "kernel."        


Note : the |, &, and ! characters don't work as boolean operators (you must use OR, AND, and NOT).

Topic 118000 updated on 04-Oct-2001.
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