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I need to create a group of contacts who do NOT match a certain search criteria. Is there some way to do so using the browser interface?

Thanks. -- Hugh

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  1. Create a group that DOES match the criteria.
  2. Go to Search - Custom Search - Include/Exclude search.
  3. Search for contacts excluding your group from (1).
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If you have an up-to-date version of CiviCRM you may want to check out Search Kit which is a new development that provides very powerful searching capabilities through the user interface.

There is some limited documentation in the User Guide but note that this is still evolving.

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you can also use the search builder

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  • For some search criteria that would work, but for example you could not find those who did not attend a specific event. It would only include those who did attended another event and not those who didn't attend any events. So Demerit's suggestion is more widely applicable and what I regularly use.
    – Mick Kahn
    Jul 7 at 11:25
  • I agree for Event it's not adapted ;-) Jul 7 at 15:03
  • agree Search Builder can be v helpful. i think Tags and Groups is another area it won't help
    – petednz - fuzion
    Jul 7 at 19:57
  • Might be helpful for others if you could update your answer to provide a reference to Search Builder - docs.civicrm.org/user/en/latest/the-user-interface/searching/… Jul 9 at 11:29
  • thanks Pete for the edit Jul 12 at 8:09

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