SharePoint 2010 has made some great improvements around search. One of these improvements is in regards to to how search queries are passed through the URL. If you perform a search you can look at the URL it generates in order to get a general idea of how the query works.

You may want to manipulate search queries from a custom search form, or even a static link from within SharePoint. Here is a quick summary of how you can create your own search query by manipulating the URL.


Include any of the terms: ANY(term1 term2)

Include all of the terms: ALL(term3 term4)

Include none of the terms: NONE(term5 term6)

Include a single scope: (scope:”scope1”)

Include multiple scopes: (scope:”scope1” OR scope:“scope2”)

Include a single refinement: r=refinementname=”refinementvalue”

Include multiple refinements: r=refinementname1=”refinementvalue1” refinementname2=”refinementvalue2”


Example URL: results.aspx?k=ANY(term1)NONE(term5)(scope:”scope1”)&r=refinementname=”refinementvalue”


You many see SharePoint change the search URL slightly by encoding some of the special characters. Here are some URL encoded characters you may come across.

Character Encoded Value
$ %24
& %26
: %3A
; %3B
= %3D
? %3F
@ %40
< %3C
> %3E
% %25
( %28
) %29
{ %7B
} %7D
| %7C
~ %7E
[ %91
] %93
# %23
+ %2B

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