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By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   19 months ago

I completely redesigned the Search page from scratch. The old page was real slow because it was pulling course topics from an older database. The new page is nice and fast, includes results from various sources, and should make it much easier for you to find what you're looking for. On a site like this, information is key. That's why you're here! To learn things and easily find out how to do stuff. So I've been wanting to rewrite the search page for a long time now.

The Search Index is a hand-picked collection of pages that I manually added to the search page. 

Next you'll get results from the TechHelp section, which are great, quick "how to" videos that a lot of you have told me you find more helpful than the full courses when it comes to looking up how to do something quickly. The full courses are great for learning something the first time. I think the TechHelp videos are better if you kinda know what you're doing, but need a quick reference or a refresher.

I'm going to add search results from the new My Path learning series, as soon as I have more videos in there. It's still a work in progress.

Next up you'll get links to any full course outlines (including seminars and templates) that your keyword falls in. Now, I'm still in the process of converting all of the old class outlines from HTML pages to the new database pages that the site runs on now, so ALL of the Access Expert courses, for example, are found on one "page" in the search results. But you can load that page and do a CTRL-F to find the keyword in that page to see what specific class and lesson it's covered in. This is something I'm working on too.

Next up is the News Feed. This includes pretty much everything I post. Now there are two separate listings. The first is for headlines. If your keyword is in the headline or "keywords" of the news article, then the post is probably more specifically about that topic, so I give it more relevance. If the keyword is just found in the body of the article, it goes in the second listing for "full text." For example, if you're searching for DLookup, you'd want to know if the article is about DLookup, or if I just happen to mention it in an article about DMax, for example.

Next up is a listing for the Code Vault. If what you're looking for appears in the Code Vault (title or keywords) then it will show up here. I'm leaving the results open to the public so you can see if there's something of value in there, although the articles themselves are only available to Gold and Platinum Members

Next up are hits from the Forums and Comments (that's the stuff you guys post. Hey, you're famous!)

Finally, you have the option to Google search my site. A lot of my site is still not indexed in MY search engine because the pages are good old classic HTML - like the Tips and Alex's Glossary items. I'll be upgrading them as soon as I can, but until then Google will catch 'em. 

By default, each section will show a maximum of 10 results, but you can show ALL results by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. It will actually show up to 1000 results, but I can't see that ever happening, unless you search for something like "IF" which, actually, is a valid search result. LOL


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