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How do you do a two word search

Discussion in 'Site Help, Feedback, & Announcements' started by smeegle, Sep 8, 2004.

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  1. smeegle

    smeegle Thread Starter

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    I've checked the site instructions and can't find the answer to this question. For example: if you look up the term backup program you'll get information on the first word and information on the second word in the same search. Is there some code to use in a search to combine a multiple word query? Such as using an asterisk between the two words (backup*program).
     
  2. buck52

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    Howdy smeegle

    try using quotes...ie... "backup program"

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  3. smeegle

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    Okay, buck52, this is what I did. I tried "backup program" and I got "backup program". Nothing else. So I decided to put it to the test and searched for "external hard drive". I got external hard drive, I got hard drive and so on. I think that there must be another way to narrow the search when using multiple word queries.
     
  4. angel

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    how about...
    backup AND program
    I think that should find any posts that contain both wors backup and program.
     
  5. smeegle

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    That doesn't work either, Angel. You still get more information than you need if you type "and" in small case letters or capitalize them. Thanks anyway. The provision to make multiple word queries must have been input somewhere in this system.
     
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  7. smeegle

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    So, does anybody know if there is way to do a multiple word query in the Search menu?
     
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  9. smeegle

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    When I clicked your link I got the message " Sorry no matches". Maybe you're seeing something that I'm not.
     
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    I think that's the point...I have a miserable time using "search"...:(

    Carolyn
     
  11. etaf

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    looking forward to the answer I have the same problems searching
     
  12. buck52

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    If it makes anyone feel any better I think the search function is miserable at best...

    just my opinion...Any search function needs to very simple to use and produce reasonably relavent results

    I get the same thing as you smeegle on both of my links now...must be a timing thing...here's a screen shot of what I get useing "backup programs"

    It's no wonder newcomers don't bother with it

    buck
     

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  13. smeegle

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    Shall I close this since there seems to be no answer to my question?
     
  14. Yankee Rose

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    I've never had much luck with the search function here at TSG either. I have much better luck with Google, or other sites. (Hate to say that, but truth hurts sometime.)

    Have you tried Googling "backup program"?
     
  15. smeegle

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    Oh, yes and I have always found Google to be helpful. The term "backup program" was just an example. It's okay to research information about products, but on this site you can sometimes get a history of feed back on the use of these products. The "Search" menu would be instrumental in finding those historical comments on this site.
     
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