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How to: Search for content and people in the community

Our community has some amazing information and incredible users. Using the search function can help you to quickly get access to the info and people you are looking for. Here's how it works:

To search the community for information, enter your search term in the search field and click Search. A page of search results is displayed. Browse the search results in the same manner you would a message board.

To perform a more in-depth search, click the Advanced link next to the Search Options drop down menu from the Search results page. Here, you can limit your query to a specific board, specific parts of the message (subject vs. body), and other advanced parameters.

To search for posts, you can search for posts at any level of the community. When you type a search term, the system automatically searches at the current level. For example, if you’re on the community front page, the system searches the entire community. If you’re looking at a forum or blog page, the system searches that forum or blog. To search for posts:

  • Click in the search box and begin typing your search term.
  • Start typing the search term. Auto-suggest shows the topics that match the term you’re typing.
  • If you don’t see the term you’re looking for in the auto-suggest list, click search to see the full search results.

Tip: You can enter the full search term or use an asterisk as a wildcard in your search.

To search for people:

  • In the Search bar at the upper right corner of the community, type the word you are searching and hit Enter.
  • Once the results have returned, click on the Users tab below the Search bar.

Tip: You can enter the full user or rank name or use an asterisk as a wildcard in your search. The name you search for must be at least three characters long.

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