4.1 Search terms and search phrases

Search terms are individual words or strings of letters and characters with no white space. Search phrases are multiple terms that are enclosed in double quotation marks to indicate that terms will be found in a specific order. You can enter one or more search terms in the search field. If multiple search terms are entered without quotation marks around the words, the search procedure displays hits where:

For example, if you search for finite strain, you will find occurrences of "finite" and "strain" within the proximity range; the result is order independent.

Search phrases are made up of multiple search terms enclosed in double quotation marks. The search procedure displays hits only when the documentation contains an exact match of the phrase in the search field. For example, if you search for “finite strain”, you will find occurrences of "finite strain." This search will not locate occurrences of the phrase "finite plastic strain." For additional information about searching techniques, see HTML search details, Section 4.4, and Using the Advanced Search options, Section 4.5.

You can combine search terms and search phrases in a single search procedure. For example, if you search for plastic “finite strain”, you will find occurrences of "finite strain" and "plastic" within the proximity range.


4.1.1 Default search proximity and highlighting

The default search proximity range is used when you search for multiple terms and when you use the advanced search options to search for one term without another. In most Abaqus manuals the default search proximity range corresponds to the smallest section size that appears in the table of contents for that book. However, the following manuals use a slightly different default proximity range:

For these books, the search proximity and search term highlighting are controlled by larger sections within the table of contents; you may notice these sections if you expand the table of contents after searching for a commonly used term and find a hit count next to the title of a larger section but no hits displayed for its subsections.

To locate search results in any book, you should use the table of contents to open a section that indicates a number of search hits and scroll through the section or use the Next Match and Previous Match buttons to locate highlighted search terms.

Note:  If you click a section title in the table of contents for which no search hits are displayed, the section will open without search hit highlighting, even if search hits are included as part of a larger scrollable HTML page.


4.1.2 Using search terms and phrases

Use search terms without quotes for broad searching or to locate words that occur infrequently. Use search phrases to narrow a search or to locate specific information related to words that appear frequently in the documentation.