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Searching using Boolean operators, wildcards and special characters

Use Boolean operators and wildcards in your searches to find what you're looking for, fast.

Boolean operators can help you to find information in Aconex. This list isn't exhaustive, but it does provide a starting point for your advanced searching.

You're searching for:Boolean or wildcard operatorSpecial characterExample
a word where you only know the first few letters*We’ve search on Pe* in the Family Name field of the Global Directory. All people whose Family Name starts with ‘Pe’ are listed in the search results.
a word where you’re not sure of one letter?smit? Will find Smith and Smite, but not Smitkovicz. Note that this doesn't work in Directory: it is seen as a character, not an operator.
documents that contain several keywordsAND+ && , spacepaint AND tiles returns only documents that contain both these keywords. Paint + tiles, paint && tiles, paint, tiles, paint tiles are other ways you can create the same search.
documents that contain either keywordOR||paint OR tiles returns all documents that contain either paint or tiles. Paint || tiles
documents that contain one keyword but not the otherNOT- !paint NOT tiles, will return only documents that mention paint. If the document mentions paint and tiles they will not be returned in the search
an exact phrase""“plant room” will only return results that contain these exact words
something like this, but not quite. Use a fuzzy search~Search for a term similar in spelling to "roam" using the fuzzy search: roam~. This finds foam and roams and rooms. You can also manage how specific or ‘fuzzy’ the search is. Add a value between 0 and 1. 1 is more specific, 0 is less specific. For example: roam~0.8 If you don’t specify a number when you use a fuzzy search it will default to searching with 0.5.
a range of resultsTOSearch for all documents that have the revision letter C, D, E or F using the operator revision:[c TO f]
using two boolean operators together()Used to group clauses to form sub queries. This can be very useful if you want to control the Boolean logic for a query. For example, (area OR plan) AND architectural finds area and architectural as well as plan and architectural.

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