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Hello All,

If I search MSE forum for "Excel" for example I get some results I don't want, e.g. threads that contain the word "excellent".

Is it possible to do some sort of advanced search to include "excel" but exclude "excellent"?

Any replies appreciated, thanks


  • la531983
    la531983 Posts: 1,986 Forumite
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    Are you putting "" round the search term?
  • double_dutchy
    Thanks for the reply

    I've tried both with and without quotes.

    There's some difference, e.g. if I search for "excel" from 1st July 2023 to now I get 401 hits as opposed to 403 hits searching for excel (without quotes), but either way I still get lots of hits which contain the word "excellent" but don't contain "excel" on its own
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