I have been experimenting with SearchKit - it has proved really useful. Thanks to everyone contributing.

One of my fields on the form is a search on the Display Name of an orgnisational contact:

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All other search fields work really well, but the school name search will take any instance of a string of chars and return records containing that string. We deal with schools, so if I search on Mary, this will also return records with Primary or Maryland. Users tend to know the school they are after, but church schools in particular have a lot of *St Mary'*s etc. This is of course just one example. Capitalisation is not an issue, but hundreds of records are!

So, is there a 'whole word only' setting anywhere one can turn on and off?

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There is an option called 'Automatic Wildcard' under CiviCRM >> Administer >> Customise Data and screens >> Search Preferences. Turning that off may fix your problem? But this setting will apply across whole site

  • Hi Pradeep - I never knew that option was there! It works for our usecase, so thanks for the tip!
    – ChumKui
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 12:44
  • Can you mark this as answered(tick box), if the solution worked for you? so that it can help others in the community Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 15:16
  • Sorry Pradeep, all ticked, I upvoted but clearly forgot to tick...
    – ChumKui
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 9:42

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