Combining Searches

The search combining feature is part of the history window.  At the top of the window is a form element where you can combine searches using Boolean operators, and the "S" field code when referencing the ordinal number representing a previous search in your history.  

Combining searches allows you to break down complex searches into manageable pieces, and then combine them to find the best results for your requirements.

The "S" field code

To combine searches, use the S field code combined with a colon and any referencable search you want to combine.  Searches can be combined with any of the Boolean operators AcclaimIP supports.  

For example: S:1 NEAR5 TAC:power*,  combines "Search 1" with NEAR5 TAC:power*.

Combining searches  can also be used, for example to OR searches 1, 2 and 3, you search by S:(1 OR 2 OR 3), and they can also be used with results in a Research Folder, RFID:CF0123 AND S:(1 OR 2).

Acceptable:

(S:1 OR S:4) NOT S:2

S:(1 OR 4) NOT S:2

S:(6 NEAR5 3) AND CPC:H02525/25

Not acceptable:

S1 OR S4


While you can enter the searches within the Search Results Grid, you might find it easier to enter them in the Project history and having the tiles side-by-side so you can see the previous searches as well as the search results in the Search Results Grid.  But either way, a new Search Results Grid will appear with the new search results.

You can enter the search in the Search Results Grid (on the right) and display the search history (on the left).  If you want to continue your search in the SRG, then you will have to erase the previous search.

Viewing Previous Searches

If you want to display the results of a previous search, double-click on it.  In this example I want to review the results in search #8.

Another option to view previous searches is to enter the search number into the search.  For example, S:8, would display the results in search 8.

Notice that the last viewed set is at the top of the search number list.  If you do this a few times, they may not appear in the order you want.  However, you can re-sort the searches by using the drop down and sort it by Descending or Ascending search number.

In this case, descending order.

Managing Search History

While you cannot delete searches within the Project, you can hide them.  For example, in this search I’m satisfied with the results from my last search, 14, and want to hide the ones which are not directly related to it.  To hide a search, click on its corresponding eye icon.


Here is the history after hiding non-related searches.

To display the hidden searches, click on the Show Hidden Only, and they will all be displayed.  This is very useful just in case you have hidden a search in which made be key to your search. 

You can then click on the eye icon to un-hide the search.

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