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Kerry Clare

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Please would some kind soul offer an idiot's guide to the most efficient way of using the search function? How do I search for topics using more than one keyword? I've tried doing this but get hundreds of matches where only one of the keywords is present. I've tried using AND, +, and other variations to no avail. Maybe I'm getting the spacing wrong or something. I'm not very experienced with computers, but I've found search functions can differ quite a bit, and you have to know exactly how to ask.

I don't want to post new threads on subjects that will almost certainly have been discussed already.
 

Mark Baber

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Hello, Kerry---

Type the terms you're looking for into the first line of the search function; select "And" from the drop-down in the second line, and then "Subject lines" in the drop-down two below that. You'll then get a listing of the
thread(s) of which the title contains the terms you entered.
 

Kerry Clare

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Brilliant! I hadn't even noticed the heading, I was just using the white box in the top right hand corner marked "search", duh!
Thank you very much.
 

Bob Godfrey

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The content of a thread often ranges far beyond the limitations of its title, so you'll get more possible hits from selecting 'text of messages' rather than 'subject lines'.
 

Mark Baber

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I start by searching thread titles; that produces more concise results since only the topic title is displayed rather than the first few words of every message containing the search terms. But Bob's right; that method won't find threads which have ranged/strayed/rampaged into subjects not shown in the title. If a title search doesn't produce anything helpful, a message content search might.

Related to this, btw, is the requirement that message topics be descriptive of the subject matter, rather than uninformative titles like "I have a question" or "Can anybody help me?" These obviously won't show up in "Subject line" searches. That's why such titles are almost invariably changed to something more informative by one of the moderators.
 
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