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Defining search terms

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Defining search terms

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.”

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Both terms in the same topic.

dib AND palette

Topics containing both the words “dib” and “palette.”

Either term in a topic.

raster OR vector

Topics containing either the word “raster” or the word “vector” or both.

The first term without the second term.

ole NOT dde

Topics containing the word “OLE,” but not the word “DDE.”

Both terms in the same topic, close together.

user NEAR kernel

Topics containing the word “user” within eight words of the word “kernel.”


  • The |, &, and ! characters don’t work as boolean operators (you must use OR, AND, and NOT).
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