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How To Search Sailnet's Forums

Since Sailnet's internal search function isn't usable for most people, I thought I'd post a tip on how to search for past posts and threads on Sailnet using Google.

It is pretty easy to do.

First, open a web browser window to Google. If you have a search toolbar that uses Google, you can use that instead.

Then, in the search box, type your keywords and then type and click on search or hit return.

This will cause Google's search engine to search just Sailnet's forum pages for your keywords.

While, you can't search for posts by specific username—it will generally give you better results than Sailnet's search function will.

For example, a search for "Froli Springs" on sailnet brings up this.

A search using Google for "Froli Springs site:www.sailnet.com/forums" brings up this.

I hope this helps.

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Thanks dog-. I'm sure that will help since the search function here is useless.

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Make it sticky!

I think this one deserves a sticky! Short, sweet, to the point and may save repeat posts on the same topic.

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Good job, thanks..you know I need all the help I can get with computers....thanks
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Simple, precise, helpfull.
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Hey mods! Make this a sticky!

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Better than making it sticky... alter that little search box at the top of the page to use Google instead.

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I vote for the Google thingy and sticky is a good idea, too. People need all the help they can get. I had no idea you could do that with Google. I'm new to sailing and new to the site and I concur on the limitations of the current search feature.
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