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How to search

All files in our system have descriptive text that will help you find them and identify them. You just need to know how to find what you are looking for. This guide gives you a quick introduction on how to search, and presents some good tips when you can't find what you are searching for.

Wild-card characters

When you search, you can use the asterisk '*' and the question mark '?' characters to search for partial words. The question mark can be replaced by any character. The asterisk can be replaced with any or no characters.

            'c?r' matches car
            'f*' matches food, fast, furious, or any other word starting with the "f" charter.
            '*plane' matches plane, airplane, etc.

Boolean operators

You can also use the boolean operators 'and', 'or' and 'not'.

            'john and mariah' matches all files with the words 'john' and 'mariah'
            'not robert' matches all files that do not contain the word 'robert'
            'john or robert or mariah' matches all files that have on or more of the words 'john', 'robert' and 'mariah'
            'john or (robert and mariah)' matches files with the word 'john' or the words 'robert' and 'mariah'

You can also combine the boolean operators with the wild-card characters.

            'jo* or (rob* and maria?)' 
            'john and robert or maria?'
            'f* and p* and m*'

Don't know the spelling?

FotoWeb supports a special kind of search called 'fuzzy' search. This allows you to find a word even if you misspell it when you search or if it has been misspelled when the file was described. You can use the fuzziness operator directly when you type a search. Use two percentage signs (%%) immediately after each other near the part of the word you suspect is misspelled.

            'eli%%sabeth' matches 'elisabeth' and 'elizabeth'
            'maria%%h' matches 'maria' and 'mariah'