Site Talk forum: Searching Within A Thread

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Name: Mary K
Safety Harbor, FL (Zone 10a)
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p1mkw
Jan 9, 2015 3:45 PM CST
I hope this is not a duplicate, but is there a way to search within a thread? The site search or even the forum search will show all the posts or threads that contain the search item, but if the thread or post has a lot of pages, it's really hard to find that one item. Case in point, I was looking for Algoflash out here .. curious to see what other members have experienced using it, etc. I found a lot of posts or threads listed, but I can't figure out how to get to the actual post with Algoflash in it. Am I missing something?

Thanks.
Mary K.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 9, 2015 3:52 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I'm afraid not. It's one of those things that I occasionally think about. Eventually I'm going to need to do something. Until then you kinda have to just go through the pages of the thread looking for what you're questing for.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Jan 9, 2015 3:54 PM CST
Mary ...

I agree that having a keyword search within a thread or even in the database could be very useful. This is a large database with many posts, so it could be awkward to do it for the whole database, but maybe it's possible to do it within an individual forum.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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RoseBlush1
Jan 9, 2015 3:54 PM CST
dave said:I'm afraid not. It's one of those things that I occasionally think about. Eventually I'm going to need to do something. Until then you kinda have to just go through the pages of the thread looking for what you're questing for.


Sorry, we cross posted.

Smiles,
Lyn

I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Jan 9, 2015 4:01 PM CST

Plants Admin

There is a fairly simple work around for this issue. Using you example above, search the forums for Algoflash and you'll get a list of threads that contain that word. Click on any of those threads, then push the CTRL and F keys at the same time. A little box will pop up . Type Algoflash in the box and click the arrows next to it and you'll be taken to all the posts in that thread that contain the word Algoflash.

Hope that helps?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jan 9, 2015 4:05 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

That works except in threads which are so long that they spread into multiple pages. Ctrl-F only searches the one page you're currently looking at.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Jan 9, 2015 4:05 PM CST
Thank You! Kent. That's a big help.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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RoseBlush1
Jan 9, 2015 4:07 PM CST
Thank You! Dave.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jan 9, 2015 4:16 PM CST
Maybe someday there will be a FAQ section (or a sort of tutorial for facilitating navigation) in the column with podcasts, forums, blogs and goodies where those forgetful ones like me can go look for answers. I had this same question earlier this week, but knew I'd seen it before. I didn't want to ask again and didn't know how to even look. Seems some of these come up fairly often. Members are really great to help with the answers and shortcuts, but those with answers may not be on the site at the time. Then the forgetfulness kicks in and a week or so later there I am again Smiling . A thought. That may be too much trouble.
Donald
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 9, 2015 4:18 PM CST
Try this: Go to site preferences, set the pages per view to 400 - don't forget to 'save changes', use the Control F as suggested by KentPfeiffer Thumbs up . After you find what you're looking for, you can re-set your pages per view to any of the available settings.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jan 9, 2015 4:33 PM CST
Well I tried searching for Algoflash in all the forums and it was really easy, (compared to some things I do). I have my preferences set to 500 items per page, so just one forum came up with more than one page, it only had 2. Then it was simple enough to click on the second page and find the one mention of Algoflash.
1. on the forums page search for Algoflash, it brings up all the forums Algoflash is mentioned in.
2. Click on the first forum, use the control "F" and bring up the box and type in Algoflash, on my screen over on the right side margin a yellow high light appears that shows the exact location of the mention of Algoflash, so it is very simple to navigate to it and see how many times on one page the word is mentioned.
3. Use the back arrow when you are finished with that forum and select the next forum, hit control plus "F" again and the great thing is that Algoflash is still there and appears so just hit enter and the search is down for that forum page. Really makes a quick search.
Cross posted, sorry it took me too long to type this out.
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Name: Mary K
Safety Harbor, FL (Zone 10a)
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p1mkw
Jan 9, 2015 5:36 PM CST
Thanks to all who replied ... I'll try changing the items per page and that should be a workaround. I was using the Ctrl-F but didn't realize I could increase the number of items per page ... that will help.

Thank You!
Mary K.
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jan 12, 2015 5:54 AM CST
control + F works great and increasing the number of items per page has saved me hours of searching!
Vickie
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