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NB This page summarizes the built-in search function. A wiki may have more detailed information about available options and features enabled on it, for example the Help:CirrusSearch for this wiki.

The quickest way to find information in MediaWiki is to look it up directly. In the Vector skin (the default MediaWiki skin since MW 1.16), near the top right of every page there is a rake box with a magnifying glass icon

Enter yer rake terms n press Enter or clap the magneefiein glaiss icon. Gif ae page haes the same title aes whit ye entered, ye jump straicht til that page. Itherwise, it rakes aw pages oan the wiki (wi some restreections, see ablo), n gies ae leet o airticles that matched yer rake terms, or ae message that nae matches were fond.

In other skins, (and in Vector if your wiki sets the $wgVectorUseSimpleSearch configuration variable to false) the search box has two buttons on its right labeled

clicking this (or pressing Enter) will take you to the page, if it exists.
clicking this searches articles on the wiki

Hou it wairks

  • It searches all pages on the wiki with some restrictions.
  • The article content is searched in its raw (wikitext) form - i.e., it searches the text that appears in the edit box when you click "eedit", not the rendered page. This means that content coming from an included template will not be picked up, but the target of piped links will be.
  • The search is not case-sensitive, so 'MediaWiki', 'mediawiki' and 'MEDIAWIKI' all give the same result.
  • The rake functionalitie can be conseedered tae operate oan hale wairds, separated bi spaces or ither punctuation maurks. Sae gif yer rake term incluids the waird 'buik', the ootcomes will na incluid pages that yinlie hae the waird 'buiks' or 'buiklet'. N gif yer rake term incluids the term 'inter', the ootcomes will na incluid pages that yinlie hae the waird 'international', bit thay micht incluid pages that hae the term 'inter-national'.
  • The ootcomes will yinlie incluid pages that contain aw the wairds in yer rake.
  • Ye can rake fer ae phrase uisin dooble quotes. A phrase can be considered tae conseest o hale wairds (case-insensiteeve), sae the phrase 'Prime Minister' will na be foond bi ae rake fer "ime Min", bit it will be foond bi ae rake fer "pRIME mINISTER".

Restreectin the rake

If you click the "Rake" button without filling in anything, you will be taken to "Special:Search" which gives you extra searching options (also available from any search results list)

Ye micht fynd it uissfu tae restreect ae rake til pages wiin ae parteecular namespace e.g., yinlie rake wiin the User pages. Check the namespaces that ye need fer this rake.

Bi defaut yinlie the namespaces speceefied in yer preferances will be raked. Logged-in uisers can chynge thair preferances tae speceefie the namespaces that thay want tae rake bi defaut. This can be dun bi selectin n deselectin kists in the ”rake” section o uiser preferances.

See also