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Searching hints and tips

The search engine is only capable of locating the words typed into it. Typing 'photos', for instance, will merely cause it to find all occurrences of the word 'photos'; it cannot locate actual photographs.

What you seek can only be found if you spell it correctly. If in doubt about the spelling, try checking the site's A-Z section.

By default, the search engine attempts to locate pages which have exact matches for all of the words entered in your search query.

If that fails, it then tries to locate pages which contain any words in your search query. If that happens, a short message will be displayed at the top of the search results indicating this has been done.

In addition, there are several ways to modify the search behaviour.

+ and - qualifiers
If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page.
If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not be on the page.
Example: +always -never

* wildcard
If a search entry contains a *, all words starting and ending with the same letter as those entered will be matched (regardless of length). Example: entering b*g would bring up words like 'big', 'bug', 'bog', 'bag', 'beg', 'bring' or 'boring'. (But see below)

? wildcard
If a search contains a ?, the result will be matches of only words where the missing character is in the same position as in the search.
Example: b?g would find 'big', 'bugged', 'boggle', 'bagged', 'begger', but not 'bring', 'bung' or 'boring', because the engine is searching specifically for a word containing one unknown letter between a 'b' and a 'g'.

All of these techniques can be combined: +alway* -ne??r*

Best of luck!
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