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Old 05-20-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Need help with search syntax

Say I want to search for all tags that contain the word "History" ... how do I do that? For example, I may have 14 different tags, each containing the word "History" (ie, European History, Asian History, American History) and I want to show all the books containing any of those 14 tags at once.

How do I do the search query?

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Old 05-20-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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I looked in the Calibre help manual but could not find the answer to that question. So is there another place which has some comprehensive information on searching in Calibre?

I would also like to know how to create a search (or virtual library) that shows ALL tags in the library except for a few specific ones. For example-- show all library books except for the ones tagged with "European History" or "American History."

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Say I want to search for all tags that contain the word "History" ... how do I do that? For example, I may have 14 different tags, each containing the word "History" (ie, European History, Asian History, American History) and I want to show all the books containing any of those 14 tags at once.

How do I do the search query?

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Simplest: tags:History (no = sign)
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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Thanks Ducks! I tried that but it didn't work because I had a space after the colon. Your formula works.

Now, if I want all books to show except for those with either of two tags, how would I do that?
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Thanks Ducks! I tried that but it didn't work because I had a space after the colon. Your formula works.

Now, if I want all books to show except for those with either of two tags, how would I do that?
put a not in front:
not tags:history
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You might also find cases where you want something like
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tags:history and not tags:"European History"
where the quotes delimit multiple words that need to be found in the exact order given.
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Thanks Ducks and itimpi! Worked perfectly.

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