Search Guide

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Quick Search
When you click Search on any page, this box will appear:
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:

When viewing a thread, you will have the option of searching just that thread:

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

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

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

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:

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:
  • 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:
  • 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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