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Search terms are individual words or phrases

There are two types of search terms: 1) single terms and 2) phrases.

A "single term" is an individual word such as "profile" or "photo." If you type in several terms (words) in your search query, search results will include pages (or files or comments) where both words can be found somewhere in the page. But the terms won't necessarily be next to each other or even in the same sentence or paragraph.

A simple search includes one or more "single terms".

Example search: profile instructions

Use quotations (" ") to create a phrase 

A "phrase" is a group of several terms (words) surrounded by double quotes such as "profile photo". When you search for a phrase, only content that includes that exact phrase will show up in search results.

For example, a search for "profile photo": 

  • Will include a result that has this text: "... use these instructions to select a great profile photo..."
  • Will NOT include a result that has this text: "...use these instructions to update your profile with a photo..."

Terms use wildcard search and stemming

Any term that you enter will automatically look for variations that include that term.

For example, a search for "admin"

  • Will include results that contain "Admin", "administrator", "administration", etc...
As of ThoughtFarmer 8.1, search also performs stemming. This means that search determines the root or stem of the words you are searching for and looks for all the different variations. Search supports multilingual stemming for English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish and English. Stemming is not supported for Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

For example, a search for "uploader"
  • Will search for the root word "upload" and so will include results that contain "upload", "uploaded", "uploading", etc...

Multilingual searches

As of ThoughtFarmer 8.1, search automatically prioritizes search results based on your language preferences. For example, if your preferred language is French, ThoughtFarmer will prioritize matches on the French language version of the page.

Hot Intranet Tip!

Want to be a total Search+ pro?
  1. Use CTRL + / (or  + / for Mac users) to bring up the search box.
  2. Start typing your search term and then pause briefly to let the Search suggestions appear in the dropdown.
  3. Use your arrow keys to navigate the Search suggestions and then hit Enter to go to your desired page.