Help and tips – syntax for search queries

Search via web code

Example web code from Phoenix Contact

With web codes, you can get where you want to go quickly and easily.

Use web codes to access all product-specific data quickly and easily. You can find our web codes in brochures or E-papers. These are always a hash sign followed by a four-digit sequence, as demonstrated by the figure to the right.

Use the search field on the Phoenix Contact website. Enter the web code and press the “Enter” key. You will be taken straight to your desired destination page.

Standard search parameters

If search terms are written one after another, the search result lists documents that include all terms in the query.

Query: industry Ethernet

Result: This query returns documents that include the term “industry” AND the term “Ethernet”.

If the search terms are joined with OR, the result lists all documents that include one of these terms.

Query: industry OR Ethernet

Result: This query returns documents that include the term “industry” OR the term “Ethernet”.

Extended search parameters

If a search term is preceded by a minus sign (-), the documents that contain this term will be excluded from the search results (NOT).

Query: industry -Ethernet

Result: This query returns documents that include the term “industry” and not the term “Ethernet”.

If a search term is preceded by an equals sign (=), the result only lists documents that contain this exact term.

Query: =network

Result: This query only returns documents that include the term “network”.

If an asterisk (*) is inserted anywhere in, before or after a term, documents are listed that contain the search term including all possible combinations.

Query: automat*

Result: This query returns documents that contain the terms “automation”, “automations”, “automation solution”, etc., because these terms begin with “automat”.


Query: Ethernet info*

Result: This query returns all documents that contain the term “Ethernet” followed by a word starting with “info”, such as “Ethernet information”.

Double quotation marks (“”) are used to list documents that contain the search term in the exact same notation that appears between the double quotation marks. No results are returned where the search term makes up part of a compound word.

Query: “industrial Ethernet”

Result: This query returns documents that contain the phrase “industrial Ethernet” in this exact notation.

Search for document type (format)

The keyword "$doctype" is used to search documents for a defined format. The keyword “application/pdf” defines the format type – in this case a PDF file (doc = Word file, xls = Excel file, etc.).

Query: $doctype::application/pdf “industrial Ethernet”

Result: This query returns PDF (Portable Document Format) files which contain the phrase “industrial Ethernet”.

Function: Add our Search to your Browser

Add our Search to your Browser

Search in the browser tool bar

When you click on the “Add our Search to your Browser” link, you can search the Phoenix Contact website for products or information directly via the built-in search in the browser toolbar. Just click to enable this feature.

This function is supported by Internet Explorer Version 7 or later and Firefox Version 2 or later.

Function: Using the filter

The filter on the left-hand side of the search results can be used to easily limit the search results based on attributes.
Simply click on one of the filter options displayed to refine your results. The number shown in brackets after the filter values indicates how many results there are still remaining.

For some filter boxes it is possible to select several values. In this case, click OK to confirm your selection. A logical OR function is used as the basis for searching, for example: all products that are “blue” or “green” are returned.

The three filters with the best hits are always displayed in full. Additional filter boxes can be opened and used via the “+” to the left of the filter box.

Selected filters move up on the left-hand side so that you have a clear overview of them.

Reset filters:
If you have selected a filter, you can also disable it again at any time. To do this, click on the small left-pointing arrow button to the right of the filter box.
If you have used several filters simultaneously and now want to undo this setting, simply click on the “Reset all filters” link at the end of the left-hand column.

Additional search tips

  • Make sure that all words are spelled correctly.
  • Try different search terms.
  • Try more general search terms.
  • Try fewer search terms.
  • You can refine your search by using our product descriptions or order numbers.

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