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Smart Lists - specifying search criteria

brownstudy says:
I start my phone tasks with "call".

My smart list says to capture all tasks with "call" in the task.

But this also picks up a task with the word "mccall", which I do NOT want.

In "Has the words" field, I've tried using quotation marks (ie, "call") but "mccall" is still captured.

The only workaround I know of is to put in the "Doesn't have" field: "mccall."

But that's a kludge; I want the smart list to capture all tasks that contain the whole word "call", but not capture words that contain the work "call".
Posted at 8:30pm on May 16, 2023
andrewski (Remember The Milk) says:
Hi brownstudy,
Thanks for getting in touch.

It's not possible to search exact names/words, only to include partial names like this.

The best thing in this example would be to exclude any strings you need to, for example:

name:call AND NOT name:mccall AND NOT name:callsign AND NOT etc.

I hope this helps! 💙
Posted 11 months ago
brownstudy says:
Thank you for the quick reply. I'll continue adding excluded words to the "Doesn't have" field. To be honest, there are not that many words where this is a problem, mostly names.
Posted 11 months ago
andrewski (Remember The Milk) says:
Another possibility is to search for tasks where the word "call" is included in a longer name, i.e. there's a space before or after it:

name:" call" OR name:"call "

Just another idea in case that's easier!
Posted 11 months ago
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