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apple banana ... find search results that contain at least one of these words.

+ (plus sign)

Used before a word, a + means that the word must be in all search results.

+apple +juice ... all search results contain both 'apple' and 'juice.'

+apple macintosh ... all search results contain 'apple,' but results containing 'macintosh' are ranked higher.

Not using + or - before a word means that the word is optional, but search results that include it will be ranked higher than ones that do not.

- (minus sign)

Used before a word, a - means that the word must not be in any search results.

Not using + or - before a word means that the word is optional, but search results that include it will be ranked higher than ones that do not.

+apple -macintosh ... all results contain 'apple' but not 'macintosh.'

> (greater than sign)

Used before a word, a > will increase the contribution of the word to the ranking of search results.

< (less than sign)
Used before a word, a < will decrease the contribution of the word to the ranking of search results.

( ) (parentheses)

Used around two or more words, ( ) will allow for more specific searches.

+apple +(>pie ... 'apple' and 'pie,' or 'apple' and 'strudel' (in any order), but rank 'apple pie' higher than 'apple strudel.'

~ (tilde sign)

Used before a word, a ~ means that this word is less relevant. Search results including this word will be ranked lower than ones without it. Unlike the - , however, search results including this word are still displayed.

+apple ~macintosh ... all search results will contain 'apple,' but those also containing 'macintosh' are ranked lower.

* (asterisk)

Used at the end of a word, a * means that other words that begin with this word will be included in search results.

apple* ... 'apple,' 'apples,' 'applesauce,' and 'applet.'


“ ” (double quotes)
Used around two or more words, “ ” means that only the exact words in exact order will be included in search results.

"some words" ... search results would contain 'some words of wisdom,' but not 'some noise words.'

 

 

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DECEMBER issue:

Advent: Waiting together

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