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Creating Search Term Command Files

Search term command files can save you time and effort by automating the process of creating a complete search script from a text file of search terms.  This script can then be used as often as needed for efficient searching.

To create a search term command file:

  1. Create a file (e.g., 17pn.tx)  with your search terms ( e.g., 17 patent numbers) using any common text editor program.

  2. Select Create Search Term Command File from the Query menu. This may be done offline or during an online session.

  3. In the Create Search Term Command File dialog box, enter or select the following:

Click OK to save the command file.  A file will be created with the necessary commands and field codes appended to the supplied search terms.

          Click OK in response the message that the command file was created.

Select Check Command File from the Query menu to check the command output file.  If there are no errors in the script file, a message is displayed.  

To run the command file online:

  1. Log on to STN, if you are not online, and enter the STN database(s) where you want to run the search.

  2. Select Run Command File from the Query menu and Open the script file (e.g., 17pnout).  The search is automatically run in the file(s).   

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