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    Default How to Search for a Specific "multi-word phrase"?

    What do you do to search for a particular multi-word phrase? When the seach is for a series of individual keywords, the results are far too wide. Do you enclose the phrase with some markings? <> " " etc.......

    ie. "Optimal finger pressure" rather than optimal, finger, pressure

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    Default Re: How to Search for a Specific "multi-word phrase"?

    I'd recommend bypassing the forum software and using Google to search for phrases. If you mouse over this link below you'll see how to craft that. This is a very common trick to really drill effectively using Google.

    So you'd enter in the Google search field: site:mandolincafe.com/forum "optimal finger pressure"

    So that says look under mandolincafe.com/forum and search for a phrase (denoted by surrounding the phrase in quotes).

    http://www.google.com/search?q=site:...er+pressure%22

    I know the general expectation is that Forums should be as good a searching themselves as Google, but it's wise to get beyond that paradigm. There's a reason they're the 900 lb. gorilla in search. I use this to search amazon, CNN, and other similar sites.

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    Default Re: How to Search for a Specific "multi-word phrase"?

    Thanks, Scott. Didn't know if the Cafe search could do it that way or not. If Google does it fast and easy, great - it's just the results that matter.

    On some of these recurring Cafe Q&A topics, I know I'll use particular (N.H.) phrases/descriptions (on previous Cafe posts). I'd post a link to my old posts to current retread threads, if I can get to the results with minimal time/effort.

    NH

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    Default Re: How to Search for a Specific "multi-word phrase"?

    Just bumping up this "How-To", so I can find it quickly

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