Concordance search

The concordance search allows you to quickly look for a word or several words in crossTank. In this way, you can see at a glance how a particular word was used or translated in the past.

To get to the concordance search, simply click the Concordance tab in the lower central pane.


Click the icn_cDesk_search-center_suche icon to start the search for the word entered. Alternatively, you can select a word in the Source View or Target Editor and start the concordance search via the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+C or the icn_cDesk_konkordanzsuche icon in the crossDesk toolbar. The search is automatically performed in the correct language direction, no matter whether you enter the word in the source or target language.

Click the icn_cDesk_cSearch_auswahl-ressource icon to set the following filters that help you to narrow down the displayed suggestions.

Using the icn_cDesk_search-center_konkordanz_erweiterte-suche icon in the toolbar of the Concordance search, you can activate the advanced search to use placeholders and operators in your search queries.

The search results appear beneath the input field with the source and target segment displayed on top of each other. If the search does not yield any results, a message indicating this will be displayed. You can start a search in crossSearch by clicking the link in the result window.


In the case of multi-word searches, only crossTank entries containing all search words are displayed as hits. crossTank entries that, for example, contain only two of three search words are not displayed.

To add an entry or the highlighted part of an entry, double-click the corresponding translation or the icn_cDesk_search-center_cTerm_match-term-anwenden icon in the Target Editor.


Tooltips show important and useful additional information.

The icn_cDesk_search-center_uebersetzungseinheit-mit-anmerkung icon shows that a note exists for that hit.


In the Concordance Search section of the system settings, you can determine which attributes (e.g. Relation or Subject) are to be displayed directly under the search hits of the concordance search. There you can also define which attributes are to be displayed in the tooltips of the search hits of the concordance search.

advanced search

The advanced search enables search queries using placeholders and operators in crossTank. To activate the advanced search, click the icn_cDesk_search-center_konkordanz_erweiterte-suche icon in the concordance search toolbar:

  • The advanced search enables the use of the following search syntax:
  • Truncation: Search strings can be truncated with the asterisk * on the left and/or right. The asterisk represents any number or characters or no characters.

    Example: The search query *horse* returns crossTank entries containing "horse", "workhorses", "unhorsed", etc.

  • Boolean operators: Multiple search strings can be connected by means of the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT.

    Example: The search query carthorse NOT warhorse returns crossTank entries containing "carthorse" but not "warhorse".

  • Grouping: Parentheses can be used to group search queries.

    Example: The search query carthorse AND (horseshoe OR horseradish) returns crossTank entries containing "carthorse" and either "horseshoe" or "horseradish".

  • Combined search: In search queries, placeholders and operators can be combined freely.

    Example: The search query horse* AND *shoe returns crossTank entries containing "horseshoe" and "snowshoe".

The search hits in corresponding crossTank entries are highlighted in color:


The use of filter settings works with the advanced search, too.

The search is not case-sensitive.

Sorting the Concordance Search Hits

During concordance search, the search hits are sorted in descending order according to their relevance. The search hit with the highest relevance is displayed first. The relevance depends on the penalties that are deducted if the attributes of the current project differ from the attributes of the crossTank entries found.

In the case of multi-word searches, an additional penalty is applied for the distance between the search words. A larger distance between the words means a larger penalty.

Search hits in which the search words occur in an order that is different from that searched for have a lower relevance than search hits in which the search hits occur in the correct order.

Search hits with the same relevance are sorted in descending order according to the date they were last modified. The search hit that was last modified is displayed first.


In the case of crossTank entries with several translations in a target language, the target-language segment with the last modified date is used for the sorting.