Search forums block

Blocks

The Search forum block allows us to search the course forums for a word or phrase. Type the word or phrase you want to find in the text field space.

For basic searching of one or more words anywhere in the texts, just type them separated by spaces. All words longer than two characters are used. If you want to use advanced search options we can either move to the Advanced Search page (clicking Advanced Search in the Search Forums block) or use

To force exact matching of a word, use the plus sign, and the minus sign if there are particular exact words you don't want included in the search. To search for a particular phrase, use double quotes around it. To search for texts by a particular user, prefix a word from their name with "user:". If you know the user id of a particular user, we can search for them like this. To search for a word within the subject or title of a text only, prefix the word with "subject:".

We can also use the Advanced forum search options.


Advanced forum search

To use the advanced search options press the Advanced search button or the search button without typing anything in the Search field. We will see a complete form that makes it easier to do advanced searches.


Firefox search plugins

We can get some of the functions described above by using Firefox search plugins for searching directly from the Firefox search bar.