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If your Content Search administrator has enabled searching for you, you can conduct either a simple search or an advanced search (with more search options). Your administrator may also have enabled you to define saved searches.

Simple Search

You can run a simple search without using any special syntax. A simple search looks for the words or phrase in the body, title, file name, description, and keywords of documents.

You can search for a single word, multiple words, or a phrase.

Searches are case-sensitive: a search for Java does not produce the same results as a search for java.

To make a simple search:


To search for a single word, just type the word; for example,

To search for more than one word, type the words; for example,
financial markets.

To search for a phrase, enclose the words of the phrase in double quotes; for example,
"financial markets".

Advanced Search

You can narrow your search results by creating advanced search criteria (as many as you like).

To make an advanced search:

  1. Click Advanced to display the Advanced Search view.
  2. Choose a document property from the first menu (for example, Title).
  3. Choose either Must Contain, Must Not Contain, or Could Contain from the second menu.
  4. Choose either All of the Words, Any of the Words, or Exact Phrase from the third menu. The availability of these options depends on your choice in step 3.
  5. (Optional) Click Add More Criteria and repeat steps 2-4.
  6. Set options in Search Results Display.
  7. Click Search.


In this advanced search example, three criteria are set:

The search results contain documents that satisfy all three criteria: (1) the document body contains the words financial and markets, and (2) the keywords contain Greenspan or Fed or both, and (3) the title does not contain the words mortgage or mortgages.

How advanced search with multiple criteria works

If you set multiple search criteria with the Add More Criteria button, then Content Search groups your criteria like this when you run the search:

Then the three groups of criteria are combined into one query and linked by AND. So the software searches for "the Must Contain group" AND "the Must Not Contain group" AND "the Could Contain group."

Saved Searches

You can define saved searches if your administrator has enabled this feature for you.

  1. On the main view, click Saved Searches to display the Saved Searches view.
  2. Click Create Saved Search.
  3. In the Create Saved Search view, set the Search Basics and Search Criteria options. (Click Advanced Search for more options.)
  4. Click Save or click Save and Run Search.
  5. On the Saved Search view, click Update.