Searching for Messages

The basic search feature allows you to search the message archives for particular words used in a message.

Basic Search
Log into the forum URL, click “My Forums” or “All Forums” in the left navigation bar. If you are subscribed to several forums you will need to select the forum that you want to search, click the “Search” button in the left navigation bar.

search menu option and field

In the “Search for” box, type in a few words that you would like to do a search on, you can separate these words with a space or comma; now click the Search button.

search field entry

 

If your search is successful, the next page will show the results, it will display the date the message was created and the subject name.

recent search results

Advanced Search
The advanced search allows you to specify the location of the words (in the message header, subject or body) or to exclude words. To use the “Advanced” search feature click the link under the search box.

advanced search option
In the screen for the “Advanced” search you can do a more detailed search, this works exceptionally well for forums that have a high volume of messages; this feature allows you to be more selective in your search, you can search the entire message, the body of the message or the header. The option is also available to exclude words from your search. Now click the “Search” button, the next screen will display your results.

advanced search screen

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