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post #1 of 6 Old 04-03-2007, 07:09 PM - Thread Starter
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I know it can be difficult at times to search for information you know is out there, but you just can't seem to retrieve it when you run a search! Then to add to the agony, you ask a question and someone tells you to "RUN A SEARCH!"

Well, here's a quick tutorial on how to achieve more productive searches. Hope it helps!

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1. A Google AVS Site Search often brings up AVS hits if an AVS search does not work.

Go to the top of the forum and click on Search
Under Google AVS Site Search type in your keywords and click GO
This should bring up a Google listing of links to posts on AVS that include those words

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2. The sites uses FULL TEXT search, thus you can just use quotes.

Under Search, Search This Thread, Google Search, or Advanced Search - typing in "clean plasma" will find any post that has the phrase inside the quotes.

Example: Doing a search for "more productive searches" (with the quotes) will find this post.

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3. Go to Advanced Search<--- click here

Search by Keyword(s) - you can enter several keywords you know should be included by using + sign in front of each word and the * behind the word (i.e. +clean* +plasma* )
Search Entire Posts or Search Titles Only - choose which is best for you - Note that Search Titles Only also searches POST TITLES and not just THREAD TITLES (for you can title a post that is inside a thread)
Advanced Search Help - click on this for more search tips
Show Results as - click on Posts or Threads
Search in Forum(s) - choose which forum or forums you want to search (i.e. Plasma Flat Panel Displays)
Save Search Preferences - click on this at the bottom for a quicker search next time

When you are in a thread this works too...
Click on Search this Thread and use the + and * sign and 2-3 words that you know should be in the post

Example:
Run an Advanced Search just like above...
+clean* +plasma*
Search Titles Only
Show Results as Posts or Threads
Search in Forum(s) - Plasma Flat Panel Displays

You'll come up with several threads that talk about how to clean a plasma screen.
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Maybe this can help make it easier for you, I know it made my searches much more productive!

Good Luck
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-04-2007, 05:26 AM
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-04-2007, 08:15 AM - Thread Starter
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Thanks Mark.

To other contributors here in the forum, if you'd like you can send people who are asking for help in searching to this link:

(copy/paste this code into your post for a clickable link)
PHP Code:
[url]http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=10206026&&#post10206026[/url] 
If we politely answer a newcomers questions who reports they are trying to search without success and offer this bit of info to them, maybe they will have a better chance of being successful in their future searches.

Thanks,
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-04-2007, 12:17 PM
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This Should Be --fixed To The Top Of Avs-- In Really Really Big Font
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I'm curious if this has been a help to anyone....
If so, a quick reply will let us know if this works.
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lol i had trouble fiuring out how to search for easy thing s thx
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