To perform a basic search, type a few unique, descriptive words in the search box and click the search button. Note the following for optimal search results:
- The search engine automatically adds and between the words that you enter, so it returns only those pages that include all your search terms.
- Searches are not case-sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, are understood as lowercase. For example, searches for LocalDirector, localdirector, and LoCaLdIrEcToR all return the same results.
- Adding quotation marks gives you an exact phrase match. For example, "vpn client" returns items in which the phrase vpn client appears. The system does not return items that contain vpn and client as separate words that are not part of the complete phrase.
- Word stemming can be used to obtain all the variations of a given search term. For example, the search word client also returns clients. Similarly, the search word install also returns installing.
- You can improve your search by using words that are unique and by adding descriptive words. For example, instead of typing vpn client, try vpn 5000 client to retrieve more relevant results.
- Sometimes a product or solution can be found by more than one name. For example, VoIP and Unified Communications return the same solution information.
- You can narrow your search by applying filters. For example, if you are looking for support information, try clicking the Site Area filter and the Support value to narrow your choices to just that content area.
Cisco.com Search ignores common words and characters such as where and how as well as certain single digits and single letters. These words and characters tend to slow down the search without improving the results.
If a common word or character is essential to obtain a particular result, include it by putting a plus sign (+) in front of it.
You can also conduct a phrase search by putting quotation marks around two or more words. Common words and characters in such a phrase search are then included in the search.
- and NOT Searches
Sometimes what you are searching for has more than one meaning. For example, the abbreviation uBR stands for Universal Broadband Router, and UBR means unspecified bit rate. Because the search engine converts everything to lowercase characters, the query UBR returns results for both abbreviations.
You can exclude words from a search, however. Attach a minus sign (-) to the front of the term or add the word NOT and a letter space in front of the term.
For example, to find pages about UBR that do not contain the word broadband, type one of the following:
Cisco.com Search supports the Boolean operator OR. To retrieve pages that include either word A or word B, use an OR between terms.
For example, to search for either 7200 or vpn router, type:
Use a wildcard such as * or ? to expand the results of your query. Using the ? wildcard provides one-character matching, and using the * wildcard gives you multicharacter matches. For example, 295? picks up 2950 but not 2950p.
To pick up more than one character, you must use 295* in this example.
Note: Wildcard searches do not work in quoted phrases.
Searches Only Within the URL
If you want to search for a keyword within the URL of documents, you can use url:. For example, to locate all the documents whose URL contains the term network, type url:/network/ in the search box.
If you know the URL of a document, you can also perform a precise search for the document by using url:. For example, to search for Cisco tools, type the following in the search box: url:tools.cisco.com.
Note: From the Advanced Search page, you can perform this type of search without using url:.
Searches Only Within the Title
If you want to search for a particular phrase within a document title, such as 2950, type title:2950 in the search box.
Note: From the Advanced Search page, you can perform this type of search without using title:.
Search System Suggestions
AutoComplete and AutoSuggestions
Cisco.com Search offers suggestions as you enter the query term in the search box. If you select the relevant suggestion, the system displays the search results for that suggestion. This feature is available in the search box at the upper right corner of the page and in the search box on the search results page.
If your search term has an associated synonym, Cisco.com Search offers that synonym as a clickable suggested option.
Cisco.com Search suggests a correction if your query term is possibly misspelled. You can see these suggestions in two formats:
- Did You Mean: Your query has at least one result, and the system suggests a term or phrase as a clickable option for you.
- Next Best Match: Your query does not return any results, so the system resubmits the search by using the next best match query and displays the results.
Search Results Page
When you perform a search and get the search results page, you see tabs displayed. The number of tabs available depends on the country from which you submitted your search. The tab with a white background is the active tab for which the results are being displayed.
If you click any of the other tabs, the same query is submitted and the results within that category are displayed.
Documents that match the search criteria are displayed on the search results page. By default, the search results are automatically sorted by relevancy score in descending order. Items with the highest relevancy score are at the top of the list.
You can select other Sorted By options by using the pull-down menu.
Results per Page
The default number of search results per page is 10. If a search yields more than 10 results, the first 10 results are displayed on the first page. The second 10 results are displayed on the second page, and so on.
You can change the number of search results displayed per page. At the bottom of the results page, next to pagination, select the number that you want from the pull-down menu. The available options are 10, 20, 30, and 50.
If you are not on the first page when you change the number of results to display, the system takes you back to the first page. It then displays the selected number of results on the first page and subsequent pages.
If a search yields multiple pages of results, you can navigate to any of those pages. Select from the following links, which are at the bottom of the search results page:
- Next >: This link navigates to the next search results page. On the last search results page, or if search results are only one page, the Next > option does not appear.
- < Previous: This link navigates to the previous search results page. On the first search results page, or if search results are only one page, the < Previous option does not appear.
Filters to Refine Results
Filters help you refine your search and guide you toward a smaller list of more relevant results. When you click an associated filter, you restrict your results to a specific context.
Under each filter, various associated filter values are displayed. Next to each filter value is a number in parentheses. That number corresponds to the number of documents that are available in that category.
You can remove an applied filter by clicking the checkmark next to the navigator. You can also remove all filters by clicking the Reset Filters button.
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You can refine your search on the Advanced Search page.
|All of These Words||This option returns documents that contain all the specified words. For example, BGP neighbors returns any document that has both BGP and neighbors.
Note: To help improve performance, the search engine ignores common words. If a common word is essential to obtain a particular result, put a plus sign (+) in front of it to include it. For example, to obtain information on the search string at commands, use +at commands.
|This Exact Phrase||To search for words that appear together in a particular sequence, use an exact phrase search. This option returns documents in which the words appear together exactly as you typed them. For example, code red returns only documents in which those words appear together and in that order.|
|At Least One of These Words||You sometimes might be unsure of the exact phrasing to use to search for a topic. In that case, you can search for documents that contain at least one of the words that you type. For example, to search for information on encryption capabilities, entering IPsec des in this box returns all documents about IPsec and all documents about des.|
|Without These Words||Sometimes a word might have meaning for more than one subject. Using this option removes documents that contain the words indicated. For example, to find information on firewalls but not regarding Cisco PIX products, search for:
|That Occur||This option yields specific results by narrowing a search phrase to one of the following locations: