Contact Search

The Contact Search feature allows you to increase the accuracy of your search for contact information. The results of the search will be based on the nearest match or closest match for the word or group of words you have entered as your search criteria. You do not have to enter the exact word or phrase in order to find results with the Contact Search feature; just one of the words you are looking for or even its approximate spelling will do.

Fields Supported by Contact Search

While searching for contacts, the program considers the following fields:





Search Name

Name 2


Address 2


Phone No.

Telex No.

Fax No.

Telex Answer Back

VAT Registration No.

Post Code



Home Page

Company Name

Mobile Phone No.


Rlshp. Mgt. Comment Line


Interaction Log Entry









To split the textual information into smaller parts which will be used while performing the search, the program uses a set of characters which are called delimiters.

The following characters are used by the system as default delimiters:

! "#$%&'()*+,-./:;<=>?@[\]^_`{|}~

Using delimiters by the program allows increasing the search hit rate.



For example, in the Rlshp. Mgt. Comment Line window, you entered the comment:

Call the manager,important!

You were in a hurry and did not read this sentence again. You therefore forgot to put a space between the two words: "manager" and "important".

Later you are looking for the contact with this comment. Unless you have put a comma "," into the delimiters set, you will not be able to find this entry. If a comma is not considered by the program as a separator between words, you will never find this comment line entering either "manager" or "important" in the Find What field. The system will look for the "manager,important" entry only.

The four characters: space ( ), asterisk (*), "at" (@) and question mark (?) are used by the program as delimiters regardless of whether or not they are included into the current delimiters list.


Reindexing information

You need to index the information that will be used for future searches, especially if you have modified or added any information.

You may choose to have Contact Search Index generated automatically or do it manually:


Blurry Keys

For all words the program has found in the fields listed above, it creates one or two blurry keys following a certain fuzzy logic algorithm, for example, JN and AN for Jean or KRX and KRK for Karch. After the program has completed the search for exact match, it performs the search on the base of the blurry keys which allows finding words with close spelling and/or pronunciation in the languages of Romano-Germanic group and therefore increases the search hit rate.


The program does not use the blurry keys while searching for contacts if you have selected the check box in the Exact Match field in the Contact Search window or if you use the wildcards in your search query.


Related Topics

Generating Contact Search Index

Entering Search Expressions