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    Senior Member Open Book's Avatar
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    Default Using Search

    I am unable to figure out how to make the search function useful to me, even with advanced search.

    How do I limit search to a particular thread? Being in that thread doesn't seem to work. Every thread is searched.

    How do I find the exact post or posts in that thread where the item being searched for is located? Threads are to long to look through the whole thing.

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    Senior Member Art Rock's Avatar
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    Always use google, not the site's search function (which sucks).

    Enter QUOTE site:URL search term QUOTE into the search box. This works for thread urls as well - you may need to click the link in the search answer though (In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 7 already displayed.If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included).
    Last edited by Art Rock; May-20-2019 at 06:11.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Always use google, not the site's search function (which sucks).
    Thank you, Art Rock. You took the words right out of my mouth. Yes the vBulletin search routine is archaic ... the problems started out in v3 and got worse from that point forward.

    The Google search will work for any public area of the forum. Google will not be able to search within Area 51, however.
    Area 51 is restricted to registered and signed in members only and cannot be indexed by any search engine.

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