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Searching with Perceptive Search
Perceptive Enterprise Search supports several methods of searching. The simplest method of search,
the I'm looking for is at the top left of the Perceptive Enterprise Search - Local Administration Console interface
and is always visible. Simply enter the search you want to perform and hit [Enter]
or click the search button, Perceptive Search will search the indexes you have selected in the
My Indexes Catalog.
Additional Search methods:
- I'm looking for...
Simply enter the search you want to perform in the I'm looking for search
box and hit enter.
- Menu-Assisted query
Build simple or compound queries by typing words and clicking buttons in a simple
- Command Based query
Use the full power of the Perceptive Search Query Syntax
to create simple or sophisticated queries.
- Web Style query
Perform queries using syntax similar to that used in public Internet search engines.
Not as powerful or comprehensive as the Perceptive Search Query Syntax, but perhaps more familiar
for simple scenarios.
- Natural Language query
Type your query in plain, everyday English, as if you were talking to someone. This
query does not require the use of the Perceptive Search Query Syntax or any special knowledge.
- Concept Taxonomy query
A Concept Taxonomy is a hierarchy of nodes, where each node runs a pre-defined query.
These are created using the Concept Taxonomy editor (Tools > Active Index > Concept
Taxonomy), and provide a good starting point for occasional users or people unfamiliar
with the subject matter of the index. They can also be used to represent a table
of contents to your index. They are available to all users of the index. For more
information about Concept Taxonomies, see
Concept Taxonomies page.
- Saved query list
You can save queries that you wish to use in the future. Saved queries can be run
manually, or run automatically at predefined intervals using the Perceptive Search
- Custom query forms
Custom query forms provide the ability to create an input form that collects parts
of a query from the user, and then generates the appropriate query. These can be
very powerful since the generated query may be complex and exact, even though the
input is simple. See Custom Query Forms
for more information.
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