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Posted on 2011-09-29
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I guess this should be simple but as a SharePoint (2007) newbie, I cant figure out how you do this.
I have a document library, mainly PDF’s but also some word and excel documents.
If possible I would like to have a search or filter box at the top of the page where the user enters some text and then the page finds or filters to documents that contain that text.
So….lets say the library has:

apple.doc
apple1.pdf
orange.doc
pear.pdf

a search for “a” would just give a list of:
apple.doc
apple1.pdf
pear.pdf

a search for “1” would just give a list of:
apple1.pdf


a search for “pdf” would just give a list of:
apple1.pdf
pear.pdf

Thanks for your help
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Question by:GordonMasson
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by:Ivan Padabed
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there is "advanced search box" web part in MOSS2007 enterprise which could be configured for this behavior
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2007 doesn't support partial term searching - and if you spell "apple" wrong and there isn't a "did you mean" keyword for it, the apple page won't be found.

You can use the advanced search page to filter out everything but Word files or excel files or just documents (no pages), as Ivan stated.  However, I don't believe you can configure that page to do partial term searches (but I could be wrong).
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right, nsyyoung
I've missed partial search requirement somehow
but there was free Ontolica Wildcard search component upgrading OOTB search in MOSS. unfortunately I can't find it now in internet, probably mondosoft stopped free access to this product :(
no other ways I know to enable wildcard search on moss2007
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Ivan, We had that product installed for a while on our test server, when it was only Ontolica's, but it didn't behave as we expected it too, so we didn't pursue it for production.  

Gordon, if the doc library is not large, you could use the browser's Find functionality to search for a string on the page.  To make that effective, though, you would probably have to filter something first, maybe by file types or by content type or some other metadata, in order to not have to CTRL-F on every page of your library.  

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Thanks for your help guys.
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