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Arroyo54 
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10-28-15 12:48 AM - Post#2585303    

What is the best way to type in search criteria with the Boolean feature in advanced search?

I've watched all the videos on the site describing how to search and have tried multiple search phrases and terms, I still cant find topic threads on my search questions; maybe there isn't any but I'm o-3 lately. Any advice on how to better search would be gratefully appreciated.



 




raycow 
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10-28-15 01:24 AM - Post#2585304    
    In response to Arroyo54

I have asked the moderator to move this thread to the "How To Use The Site" forum, where I think you might get more helpful answers.

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10-28-15 04:40 AM - Post#2585315    
    In response to raycow

When I need to do a search I usually use Google. Say I'm looking for articles on windshield wipers. In Google I would type the following:

windshield wipers site:chevytalk.org



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10-28-15 05:18 AM - Post#2585318    
    In response to raycow

Yep, use google to search the forum. I never have been able to get the search here to do an "exact phrase". And yes, I have watched the videos. I even downloaded them.

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Tony 
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10-28-15 06:54 AM - Post#2585337    
    In response to Arroyo54

Can you share the phrase you are searching? FYI the search tool does not support 3 character phrases.

I generally don't recommend Google as a method of searching.

Here is the most inclusive collection of tips regarding the boolean aspects of our ( admittedly ) older search engine.

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Normal Search Tips:

* Entering a single keyword will search for that word.

* Entering 2 or more words will search for each word, as if there were an OR operator. So entering peanut butter will search for posts containing peanut OR butter. Posts WILL NOT necessarily contain both words.



Boolean Search Tips:

* Entering 2 or more words WITH PLUS SIGNS will search with an AND operator on each word. So entering +peanut +butter will search for posts that contain peanut AND butter but they do NOT have to be together.

* Entering 2 or more words with A MINUS SIGN will exclue words from the search. So entering +peanut -butter will search for posts which have the word peanut in them and DO NOT have the word butter.

* Entering 2 or more words IN QUOTE MARKS will search for the phrase. So entering "peanut butter" will search for posts that contain the PHRASE peanut butter and will not return the post if it contains only one of the words. Words searched in quotes must appear together.

* The asterisk * is a wildcard. Searching for apple* would return posts containing apple, apples, applesauce or applet.
* Entering "peanut butter" +jelly -dance would return posts containing the PHRASE peanut butter and containing the word jelly but NOT containing the word dance.

* Using < and > control a words relevance value that is assigned to each result. The > operator increases the relevance and the < decreases it.

* Parentheses ( ) are used to group words into subexpressions. Parenthesized groups can be nested.

* A leading tilde ~ acts as a negation operator, causing the word's contribution to the row relevance to be negative. It's useful for marking noise words, meaning posts which contain a word would be lower than the others in relevance but wouldn't be excluded from the search as it would if you had used the minus sign.

* You can mix and match search operators. For example:
o Entering "peanut butter" -jelly would return all posts containing the PHRASE peanut butter and NOT containing the word jelly.
o Entering +peanut butter would return all posts containing the word peanut but would rank the result higher if the post also contained the word butter.
o Entering +apple +(>turnover <strudle) would find posts that contain the words apple and turnover or apple and strudel (in any order), but rank apple turnover higher than apple strudle


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10-28-15 08:35 AM - Post#2585363    
    In response to Tony

Tony, that the most thorough explanation of searching I've ever read. Thanks.

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Tony 
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10-28-15 10:56 AM - Post#2585387    
    In response to rrausch

Yes, that should be able to find just about anything.

and make sure you select "all forums"

Remember 3 letter characters aren't supported, so if you try and search on RPM or something like that you're screwed.

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10-28-15 06:05 PM - Post#2585460    
    In response to Tony

I saved the link as I do many of them, to post for members when they as a question on how to do something.

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Arroyo54 
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10-28-15 10:47 PM - Post#2585497    
    In response to Tony

Yes that is very in depth I will try this and the google method. Thanks so much for the response everyone




 
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05-03-17 06:34 AM - Post#2689413    
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