Day One incorporates a full text search engine to help you find things you’ve written in your journal. These tips will help you make the most of the search features available in Day One.
To search, enter words into the search box that appears at the top of lists, such as Timeline and Starred. Searching in the Starred or Years lists will limit your searches to only those entries.
Enter the words that you wish to search for. Searching will begin automatically.
Capitalization does not matter and search terms can be in any order. You will get the same results for
bourne jason as
Jason Bourne. Punctuation is ignored. A search for
Onward! is the same as
If you want to search for an entire phrase rather than individual words you can surround a search query with double quotes (e.g.
"Man is a giddy thing").
As you are typing a word you will see all results that begin with the letters you have entered so far. Once you add a space then only exact matches for that word will appear. For example, as you type the word
wait you will get results for both
waiter but after adding a space you will only get results for
If you want just the results for
wait you can use double quotes to do a phrase search (e.g.
Prefix matching can be performed for multiple words by adding a
* character to the end of a word (e.g.
When you search for more than one word the results will include only entries that contain BOTH of those terms. You can customize this behavior using our advanced query syntax (see below).
Diacritics are things like accents, umlauts and tildes (e.g.
año). These markings are ignored when you search so that a search for
día will return results for
dia. Likewise, a search for
dia will return results for both forms.
You can use these advanced operators in your searches. They MUST be capitalized, otherwise they will be treated as regular words.
- AND –
war AND peace– All entries that have both
peace. This is the default operator in searches if no other is specified.
- OR –
war OR peace– All entries that have either
- NOT –
peace NOT war– All entries that have
- NEAR –
peace NEAR war– All entries that have
warno more than 10 words apart.
If you have a complex search query you can use parentheses to specify the operator precedence (e.g.
("war and peace" OR "anna karenina") AND tolstoy)