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Wikipedia has an extremely powerful search engine built in, which can be used to locate material on Wikipedia more easily and more precisely than well known external web search engines such as Google and Yahoo!.

The search box is located at the top right on every page on the standard Wikipedia skin (Vector). It will take you to the article which matches your query, otherwise it displays the search results. To display the full search results, click on the last item in drop-down list (which says «containing...»), or perform an empty search. The direct link for the advanced interface is Special:Search.

You can also search directly from your Web Browser.

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The default search only applies to the Mainspace, where articles are stored. When searching for articles, a box on the right of the search results page shows the most relevant results from our sister projects, such as Wiktionary, Wikisource and Wikibooks. Other types of content pages can be searched by selecting an option from the grey search types box below the search input box.

If Multimedia is selected, you can search images, videos and songs stored on Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons. This option will search their file names and descriptions.

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