Search Guide

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Quick Search
When you click Search on any page, this box will appear:
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Enter the word(s) you would like to search for.

If you enter more than one word, only results that contain all of those words will be returned

When viewing a forum's index, you have the option of searching just that forum:
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When viewing a thread, you will have the option of searching just that thread:
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S e a r c h T i p s


Using AND, OR and NOT can ensure that you get search results that are relevant
Examples:

loan AND bank - search for threads that contain both the words Loan and Bank
loan OR bank - search for threads that contain either the word Loan or the word Bank
loan NOT bank - search for threads that contain the word Loan but do not contain Bank
You can also use the wildcard " * " to search for parts of word
Examples:

pup* would find puppy, pups, puppet and pupil
*card would find card, Barclaycard and Mastercard

Even putting stars before and after full words can sometimes return more results where words have been obscured by text formatting
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Advanced Search


Using the Advanced Search page will give you even more options.
There is a link to Advanced Search in the Quick Search box:
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1. Search by Key Word(s)
  • Enter the word(s) you would like to search for here.
  • Words must be at least 4 characters in length
  • You can search for 3-letter words by using the * mentioned earlier.
    • e.g. NTL* or egg*

2. Search Options
  • On the left side, there are various options you can change to limit your search if required
3. Show Results as...
  • You can choose to display the results as individual posts rather than whole threads:
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  • Clicking on the Post Title will take you straight to that post rather than the beginning of the thread.
4. Search by User Name
  • Using these options you can choose to search for word(s) only within posts or threads made by a specific user.
  • If you would like instead to find all posts made by a user then you can use the Members List Search to find their profile page
5. Search in Forum(s)
  • You can choose to search only in one forum by selecting from the list given
  • If you wish, you can choose more than one forum from this list by holding down the Ctrl key while you select:
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  • Remember to re-select the top option Search All Open Forums (if necessary) before starting a new search
6. Also search in child forums
  • ‘Child forums’ is just another name for ‘Sub forums’. Keep this ticked if you want to search moneysavingexpert's sub-forums
    • (if in doubt you should keep this ticked)
7. Save Preference
  • You can save your preferences here and they will be remembered the next time you login

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