Beginner's Guide To Searching MAP
Possibly the most important part of posting is seeing if it has already been done/asked before.
A quick search can save being flamed or your thread being closed.
There are two ways to search the forum: a basic search and an advanced search. To perform a search, click the Search button from the lower menu-bar:
This is the basic search box. To run a basic search, simply type your criteria (what you want to search for) in the box and click Go. clicking Advanced Search below the basic search box opens a page like this:
On this page, there are seven areas that can narrow down your search results:
Search by Key Word
This is the same as the basic search.
All of the options on the lower part of this page are used to narrow-down the criteria in this box.
Below the box, there is a small drop-down with two options: Search Entire Posts and Search Titles Only. these do exactly as they say: choose whether your search applies to every word in a post or just the post titles.
Search by User Name
Sometimes you may want to search by people’s User Names instead of by a word, or possibly by both.
Maybe you have seen a post by somebody that you thought was useful and want to find it again. Simply type in a User Name in the User Name: box.
These options allow you to narrow-down the criteria you typed in above:
Find Threads with
Here there is a drop-down with two options: At Least and At Most and a box where you can input a number of replies. Choose one option from the drop-down then enter a number in the box.
Search in Forum
To restrict your search to only one area or one forum, you can select the forum from the list e.g. to find your answer in the General Discussion forum, simply click General Discussion then Search Now. to search in a forum area, click the forum title e.g. Fun and Games then Search Now. To search in more than one forum, hold down the Control (Ctrl) button on your computer keyboard and click on the forums you want to search. By default, Also search in child forums is selected. It is best that you leave it selected to get better results.
Find Posts from
In this area, you will see two drop-downs. By clicking the downwards arrow beside the first, you will see:
Sort Results by
Below the Find Posts from area, is the Sort Results by area. This area again has two drop-downs:
Show Results as
Instead of the drop-downs used in most of the rest of this section, this time you only have 2 dots to choose from: Show results as
You may have noticed when viewing a Forum or thread that there is an option in the forum/thread header that says Search this Forum/Thread. This acts in exactly the same way as the Basic and Advanced searches covered above.
There you have it. How to use both the Basic and Advanced Searches on Martial Arts Planet.
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