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Help Topic: Searching Topics and Posts

The search feature is designed to allow you to quickly find topics and posts that contain the keywords you enter.

There are two types of search forms available, simple search and advanced search. You may switch between the two using the 'More Options' and 'Simple Mode' buttons.

Simple Mode
All you need to do here is to put a keyword into the search box and hit enter.  You can select the area(s) you want to search in by clicking on the word at the end of the search box which will bring up a drop down list.  To select multiple areas to search, hold down the control key on a PC, or the Shift/Apple key on a Mac choose a sorting order and search.

Advanced Mode
To get to the advance search screen, click on the green magnifying glass next to the search box.  The advanced search screen will give you a much greater range of options to choose from to refine your search. In addition to searching by keyword, you are able to search by a members username or a combination of both. You can also choose to refine your search by selecting a date range, and there are a number of sorting options available. There are also two ways of displaying the search results, can either show the post text in full or just show a link to the topic, can choose this using the radio buttons available.

If the administrator has enabled it, you may have a minimum amount of time to wait between searches, this is known as search flood control.

There are also search boxes available at the bottom of each forum, to allow you to carry out a quick search of all of the topics within that particular forum.

Bonus Tip:

Search using Google:
You may find this tutorial on using the Using Google Search To Search The Scrap Girls Forums to search the website helpful. We have found that you get better results. It does require that you download and install the toolbar into your browser.