Smart Symbol Search uses a special syntax to make it possible to conduct a complete search with using only keyboard commands. You can limit a search to certain exchanges and symbol types without using the Symbol Search dialog interface. You can also define with what document type the search results will be opened afterwards. The Symbol Search dialog will only be shown when there is more than one result for your search.

To start a Smart Symbol Search

You can use the Smart Symbol Search commands everywhere where you can also start a normal search:

▫       Enter the Smart Symbol Search commands in the first field of the Symbol Search toolbar; see Searching for Securities from the Toolbar

▫       Enter the commands in the search field of the Symbol Search dialog; see Searching for Securities in the Symbol Search Dialog

▫       Enter the commands in any document; see Calling Symbol Search from a Document

▫       Enter the commands in the Change Symbol dialog; see Changing Symbols

Syntax of Smart Symbol Search

Smart Symbol Search works with separators to distinguish between the different parts of a search query.

A search query consists of four parts:


Search term for the desired symbol.

For example: EURUSD, MSFT, DAX


Beginning of the exchange or market name. If you enter only some letters, all exchanges that match these letters will be included in the search.

For example: XE will include Xetra, Xetra European Stars and Xetra US Stars


Beginning of the symbol type name. If you enter only some letters, all symbol types that match these letters will be included in the search.

For example: S will include Stocks, but I will include Index and Interest Rate


New document that will be opened automatically when a single result is returned by the search. In all other cases, the Symbol Search dialog will be displayed with the search results.

C                               Chart

P                               Price Page

T                               Time and Sales

O                               Options Matrix

M                               Market Depth

N                               News

CO                             Continuation Chart

Q                               Quick Quote

In a search query, you do not have to use all four parts. You can:

▫       Skip parts at the end by simply not adding them, for example: MSFT.NASDAQ

▫       Skip parts in the middle by typing two separators instead of one, for example: MSFT..S.C

The following separators can be used for Smart Symbol Search by default: full stop ( . ), hyphen ( - ), comma ( , ), plus sign ( + ).

It does not make a difference which separator you use, but you must stick to one separator in each search query, that means you cannot mix separators.




Opens a new chart with the Google stock on Xetra. Exchanges included in the search were also Xetra ETF, Xetra European Stars and Xetra US Stars.


When called from the Symbol Search toolbar, opens the Symbol Search dialog with the Microsoft stock on NASDAQ (as no document is specified, the dialog is opened).

When called from within a document, the search result will replace the symbol that was previously shown there.


Opens the Symbol Search dialog with results for the EURUSD currency pair on all markets that start with "Forex".

FDAX 2008Z..F.CO

Opens a continuation chart for the December 2008 FDAX future. Note that no exchange was specified in the second part of the query.

To customize Smart Symbol Search separators

The Smart Symbol Search separators can be customized.

▪       On the Tools menu, click Options.

▪       In the left pane, choose Symbol Search.

▪       In the right pane, modify the separators for Smart Symbol Search:

▪       Click OK.

Note             It is recommended not to add the colon ( : ) or the space character (blank) as a separator, as they are part of some symbol names.