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Build your own search string query

Learn how to build your own search string using Aconex search codes, Boolean operators and wildcards.

For more advanced search tips, see our example search queries in Advanced documents searching and list of Boolean operators and wildcards.

Search string logic

All search strings use this logic:

<field name>:<value>

Field names are case sensitive. For example, Text would return different results to text.

Search values are not case sensitive.
For example, Text, TEXT and text will all return the same results.

Step 1. What do you need to search for?

You can search a particular value, or a range of values, that has been applied to any of the mail or documents in your project.

For example, you’ve been asked to find all dwg documents that have the revision A, B or C.  

search string

Step 2. Build your search string

Use the table below to identify the:

  • search code, and
  • the field type.

Note that this list isn't exhaustive, but it does provide a starting point for your advanced searching.

FieldSearch codeUse this while searching forField type
Document NodocnoDocumentstext
Mail NodocnoMailtext
Mail TypecorrtypenameMailtext
Attribute 3thirdattributeMailSelect list (multiple)
Attribute 4fourthattributeMailSelect list (multiple)
TypedoctypeDocumentsSelect list (single)
DisciplinedisciplineDocumentsSelect list (single)
StatusdocstatusDocumentsSelect list (single)
Attribute 1attributeDocuments or MailSelect list (multiple)
Attribute 2secondaryattributeDocuments or MailSelect list (multiple)
Attribute 3attribute3DocumentsSelect list (multiple)
Attribute 4attribute4DocumentsSelect list (multiple)
Created byauthorDocumentstext
Review StatusreviewstatusDocumentstext
File namefilenameDocumentstext
Print sizeprintsizeDocumentstext
The format of the filefiletypeDocumentsSelect list (single)
If a document has been marked up using the Online ViewerhasmarkupsDocumentscheckbox

If you need to search either a text or multiple select fields you can use Boolean operators.

If you need to search a checkbox field, use 1 for checked or 0 for unchecked.

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