Query Syntax of Indexing Service Query Language


Indexing Service is no longer supported as of Windows XP and is unavailable for use as of Windows 8. Instead, use Windows Search for client side search and Microsoft Search Server Express for server side search.


This section describes the main features of Dialect 2 of the Indexing Service query language — similar to Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) — and its long- and short-form expressions and its default values and modes. It also describes the two broad types of queries — content and property-value queries — and how to specify property names. For a reference to the complete Dialect 2 syntax, see Syntax of Query Language Dialect 2. This section includes the following topics.