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How to Perform a Search

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#1 balletbooster


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Posted 01 September 2005 - 08:36 PM

How to do a search:

1. Click Search in the upper right hand corner of the top bar.
2. At the Search screen, click More Options.

3. You can narrow your search using one or more of the following

Search by Keyword
In the Keyword field, type the word or words you want to search
for. (Click Advanced Usage Help for examples of how to use keywords

Filter By Member Name
If you want to see only those posts for a specific member relating to
the keyword(s) entered, type the user name in the Filter By Member
field. If you want to see all posts from everyone who has
"tutu" in their user name, then you can put that in this field. If you
want to see only those posts by a specific user, type the user name and
click the Match Exact Name box.

If you don't know the exact spelling of a user name, click Members
on the top bar of the forum page to see a list of everyone who has
registered on Ballet Talk! You can search alphabetically.

Search Where
Use this filter to select one or more forums you would like to include
in the search. The default is All Forums. You can select more than one
by holding the CTRL key, on your PC, down while clicking on each desired
forum. If you choose a main forum group (such as Special Groups) you
can perform the search in all the forums that fall under the larger
group (Moms and Dads, SI Feedback Survey, etc.) by clicking the
Search in child forums if sub category is chosen? box.

Search Post From
Use this filter to set the time period you want to search. Select the
time period from the drop down box. Then, select Newer or
Older than the period you select.

Sort Results By
This filter determines how the results are organized on the screen.
Select how the results will be sorted from the drop down box and then
click Ascending or Descending to determine the order.

Search Where
This filter allows you to search in the title of the threads only or
anywhere within the thread where the selected keyword(s) appear.

Result Type
Use this filter to group like results under one topic or to group like
results under one post.

After selecting all of the search critieria, click Perform

The results of your search display in a new window. Click on the
desired post to review the contents.

Searching is often quite easy. Sometimes, however, it takes a bit of
time to refine one's methods and to try several different "keywords" - but if you take time, you'll be astounded by whay you'll be able to find.

Happy hunting! :wacko:

~ balletbooster and BW

#2 dancemaven


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Posted 02 September 2005 - 08:59 AM

Dear balletbooster and BW,

Thank you for putting this step-by-step sticky on searching! Being a search-function challenged person, I have printed it out to keep beside my computer with the other "cheat sheets" I need!

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