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The fastest way to find information in MediaWiki is to look it up directly. On the left-hand side of your screen there is a search box with two buttons under it labeled "Go" and "Search".
If you clicked “Search”, or “Go” and the page you were looking for did not exist, you will be showed a list of articles that matched your search criteria (or a message that no matches were found).
How it works[change | change source]
Here's how the search works:
- Only the article content is searched - the page title doesn't matter.
- 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 “change this page”, 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.
- Even if you have a phrase in quotes, the search looks for each word individually. e.g., if you enter "World War 2" it will return pages that contain "world" and "war" and "2".
- The search is not case-sensitive, so "MediaWiki", "mediawiki" and "MEDIAWIKI" all give the same result.
Restricting the search[change | change source]
If you click the “Search” 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)
You may find it useful to restrict a search to pages within a particular namespace e.g., only search within the User pages. Tick the namespaces you want for the search.
By default only the namespaces specified in your settings will be searched. Logged-in users can change their settings to specify the namespaces they want to search by default. This can be done by selecting and deselecting boxes in the ”search” section of user settings.