How to use Advanced Search

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2018 11:01AM PDT
Advanced Search allows you to search Experts Exchange with more specifically defined parameters. The Advanced Search page can be reached by first entering your search term in the header, and then clicking "Advanced Search" on the results page.



Check the boxes to select what kind of content you'd like to see in search results. You can choose to have questions, BugFinder projects, articles, or videos returned. Leaving all the checkboxes unchecked will return all content types in your search results. You'll notice that when you check the box next to a content type, more clause types will appear below.

To add clauses to your search, click the "Add" button next to the clause type you wish to include. To remove a clause, click the "Remove" button on that clause. You may add multiple clauses of a single clause type. All clauses that are displayed when you perform your search will be included in the search criteria. The results returned will match all search clauses -- in other words, the search performs an AND query. See below for an explanation of each search clause type, or click the  icon next to a clause type to see a description.

You can save your search by checking the "Save this search" checkbox at the bottom of the page. You can also save the search, or edit a search you've already saved, on the search results page. You'll be asked to create a title for any search you save. In addition, you can select whether you'd like to receive on-site notifications or email notifications that are sent to you when new content matches your saved search.

If you're having trouble with your saved search, you can always contact the Site Administrators or Customer Support for help.

Search clauses:
  • Content Types: Select which content types you’d like to see in your search results. You can select multiple content types, or leave the check boxes blank to return all content types in your search results. As you add content types, more clause types will appear that are specific to those content types.
  • Keywords: Enter any terms or keywords you want to include or exclude in your search. Choose whether you'd like to search for all of the terms you enter, any of the terms you enter, or the exact phrase that you enter. You can also specify where you'd like those terms to appear. You can put quotation marks around groups of two or more words to search for those phrases. For example, searching for "Microsoft excel" and "Microsoft windows" searches for both those two-word phrases, instead of searching for Microsoft excel windows.
  • Members: You can include or exclude any activity by a specified member of Experts Exchange. You can enter the member by username or member ID. You can add multiple members in a single clause by separating them with commas. This searches for the activity you specify by any of those members (in other words, this is an OR query). To search for activity for all the members you enter (an AND query), create multiple clauses.
  • Activity Timeframe: You can include or exclude posting activity on any content type within a specified timeframe. You can search within a timeframe that's calculated back from today, or you can select a custom date range to search.
  • Topics: You can include or exclude any content that’s posted in a specific topic on the site. You can search within a topic and its subtopics (any topic below it on the "tree"), or just within the single topic. Search for the specific topics you want, or browse the different options.
  • Comment Count: You can include or exclude questions, videos, or articles with a specified number of comments. You may search for a specific number of comments or a range of comments.
  • Points: You can include or exclude questions, projects, or articles with a specified number of points. You may search for a specific point value or a range of points.
  • Question Status: You can include or exclude questions that are closed, open, or awaiting a comment from either the author or an expert. Designated Experts can also use this clause type to search for Neglected Questions.
  • Question-Specific Activity Timeframe: You can include or exclude activity within a specified timeframe. The activities listed here could only apply to questions. You can search within a timeframe that's calculated back from today, or you can select a custom date range to search.
  • Article Award: You can include or exclude articles with Editor’s Choice, EE Approved, or Community Pick awards.
  • Article-Specific Activity Timeframe: You can include or exclude activity within a specified timeframe. The activities listed here could only apply to articles. You can search within a timeframe that's calculated back from today, or you can select a custom date range to search.
  • Project Focus: You can include or exclude Expert Testing (formerly BugFinder) projects that have specific testing focus requirements.
  • Project Browser: You can include or exclude Expert Testing projects that have specific browser testing requirements.
  • Project Device: You can include or exclude Expert Testing projects that have specific device testing requirements.
  • Video Tutorial Experience Level: You can include or exclude videos with a specific experience level.
  • Sort by: Select how you'd like the search results to be sorted. You can change this on the search results page.
  • Results per page: Select the number of results you'd like to see per page. You can change this on the search results page.
  • Display: Select whether you'd like to view the results with details or as a list. You can change this on the search results page.

Advanced Search with no content types checked.


Advanced Search with all content types checked.

 

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