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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 25th Feb 08, 8:27 AM
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    I searched but couldn't find anything
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    • 25th Feb 08, 8:27 AM
    I searched but couldn't find anything 25th Feb 08 at 8:27 AM
    OK folks, here's the thing... it's something we all see and we all struggle with.

    We do a search and we can't find what we are looking for, and ten seconds later some smarty pants hands us a link

    So here's a quick and easy search routine that will help most often...

    At the top of the forum listing, towards the right hand side you'll see the "Search this Forum" link...





    And if you click on it you get a search box like this...



    If you type your search words into the text box you'll often find that you get lots of threads listed - especially if your search word is one that might be used in lots of different posts. If you can see the thread you want, fine; but otherwise there's a way to make the list shorter and more applicable to what you are looking for.



    Click on the "Advanced Search" link as shown above and you will now see...



    For the moment, leave the selection "Search titles only" as it is. This will limit your results to ones that only have your search word in the title.



    Look a bit further down the page for the "Search options" section...



    The recent forum software update set the default "look back time" to just one month. Many of our threads are considerably older than that! So select "Any Date" as you can see above, otherwise you will not be able to find older threads or, all too often, no threads at all.



    Now skip down to the bottom of the page and click on the "Save Search Preferences" button...



    Note:- You only need to do / check this the first time you use advanced search.



    Go back to the top of this page and type in your search word(s)...



    And either press the Enter / Return key, or click on the "Search Now" button.



    For this particular search you should get the following result...



    The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that there are no threads newer than Dec 2007. This is because Christmas threads now get posted on the celebrations board.

    If you had your "look back time" set to just one month you would have found none of these threads.


    So that's the quick and easy way to look for any thread that has your search word(s) in the title.


    And yes, I know, all too often you either get loads and loads of threads in a search result - or none at all. It gets discouraging and it all starts to look like "Rocket Science" to get the darn thing to work and give you what you're asking for.

    Well, it's not "Rocket Science", promise... but it is something of an art form



    So bear with me and I'll go through some of the ways that you can refine your searches to find that one thread or post that you are sure must be about the place "somewhere".
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    • wannabe sybil
    • By wannabe sybil 3rd Mar 10, 10:36 PM
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    Thank you Penelope Penguin that is really REALLY helpful.

    I have subscribed to the thread as a solid gold life line.

    Thank you again.
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  • Penelope Penguin
    Thank you Penelope Penguin that is really REALLY helpful.
    Originally posted by wannabe sybil
    All part of the service

    I'll add this to the existing thread on searching, to assist others in future.

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  • stilernin
    Fantastic!

    This just has to be a sticky.
  • Penelope Penguin
    This just has to be a sticky.
    Originally posted by stilernin
    It's in the Welcome to Old Style sticky

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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 4th May 10, 6:29 PM
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    Just thought I would bump this thread as it is so helpful . The first page and few screenshots really helped me understand searching (in fact it's how I learnt)

    Thanks Squeaky!

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  • MrsE
    Just thought I would bump this thread as it is so helpful . The first page and few screenshots really helped me understand searching (in fact it's how I learnt)

    Thanks Squeaky!

    Originally posted by zippychick
    Brilliant thread

    Can you help me?

    If I search for a two word thing (like birthday cake) - it will pull up every thread with birthday & every thread with cake.

    Is there anyway around this? Because sometimes you really need both words for it to be relevant.
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 14th May 10, 11:55 AM
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    Pink.
    Brilliant thread

    Can you help me?

    If I search for a two word thing (like birthday cake) - it will pull up every thread with birthday & every thread with cake.

    Is there anyway around this? Because sometimes you really need both words for it to be relevant.
    Originally posted by MrsE
    To use the search facility it is best to click on ''search this forum'' (towards the top right of the main page of the board you are searching on) then click on ''advanced search'' and select ''titles only''. If you then type in the words birthday cake you only find threads containing both words in the title.

    Pink
  • MrsE
    To use the search facility it is best to click on ''search this forum'' (towards the top right of the main page of the board you are searching on) then click on ''advanced search'' and select ''titles only''. If you then type in the words birthday cake you only find threads containing both words in the title.

    Pink
    Originally posted by Pink-winged
    So if you search by title only you search for ALL words in one post, but if you search by post content it picks out posts with one or more words.

    I'm guessing it works the same way with the search across the whole of MSE? But you can get more relevance using a forum only search?

    So its limitations this way are only the titles people use?

    Hence the post above which mentions titles.
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 14th May 10, 12:43 PM
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    Pink.
    So if you search by title only you search for ALL words in one post, but if you search by post content it picks out posts with one or more words.

    I'm guessing it works the same way with the search across the whole of MSE? But you can get more relevance using a forum only search?

    So its limitations this way are only the titles people use?

    Hence the post above which mentions titles.
    Originally posted by MrsE
    If you search by titles only, it will select only threads with all your search words in the title.

    However, if you search ''entire threads'' for birthday cake it will throw up literally hundreds of threads containing the words birthday and/or cake.

    The search does work the same way across MSE. The point of using ''search this forum'' as opposed to ''forum search'' is that it only searches the forum you are reading and therefore narrows down the results you get, making it more easy to find the relevant thread. If you use ''forum search'' it will search the entire MSE forums so you will have many more threads to plough through to find the one you want.

    Pink
  • Turkishdreamer
    Not sure where to post this, as am new to the forum.

    Is there a thread about books, reading, etc. I am a book fiend and it is nice to share books, reading ideas and ideas on obtaining books cheaply, etc.
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  • rosieben
    you'll find OS book recommendations etc here and I heartily recommend Martin Lewis' books and the Tightwad Gazette if you're looking for something on Frugal living
    Last edited by rosieben; 16-02-2011 at 12:41 AM.
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  • Turkishdreamer
    you'll find OS book recommendations etc here and I heartily recommend Martin Lewis' books and the Tightwad Gazette if you're looking for something on Frugal living
    Originally posted by rosieben
    Thanks for that, I look forward to a good trawl tomorrow night after work. Oh what a hectic social life I have!!!
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