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  • Does anybody know what the "Search using Natural Query Syntax" option does in Vista's Search Options dialog box?

     

    Monday, July 10, 2006 10:40 PM

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  • Sorry it took some time to get this response!

    NQS is a way to perform advanced/property searches for items using the search box (in the start menu or in the explorer frame).  Anything that can be composed in the Advanced Search pane (and more!) can also be typed directly into the search box.  By default we support a colon syntax which allows you to type things like:

    ·         kind:email sent:7/11/2006 from:bill

    ·         kind:music  artist:Beethoven

    ·         kind:pictures subject:flowers datetaken:july 2005

     With natural language search, we relax the “syntax-looking” part of this & allow you to type things like:

    ·         email from bill sent last week about Vista

    ·         music by Beethoven

    ·         pictures of flowers taken july 2006

     Also, in NQS mode, Boolean operators do not need to be all-caps. 

    Monday, July 17, 2006 4:55 AM

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  • Sorry it took some time to get this response!

    NQS is a way to perform advanced/property searches for items using the search box (in the start menu or in the explorer frame).  Anything that can be composed in the Advanced Search pane (and more!) can also be typed directly into the search box.  By default we support a colon syntax which allows you to type things like:

    ·         kind:email sent:7/11/2006 from:bill

    ·         kind:music  artist:Beethoven

    ·         kind:pictures subject:flowers datetaken:july 2005

     With natural language search, we relax the “syntax-looking” part of this & allow you to type things like:

    ·         email from bill sent last week about Vista

    ·         music by Beethoven

    ·         pictures of flowers taken july 2006

     Also, in NQS mode, Boolean operators do not need to be all-caps. 

    Monday, July 17, 2006 4:55 AM
  • Cool, thanks.

    (This is such a WinFS tease ;-)

     

    Monday, July 17, 2006 1:59 PM