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    I love this forum & all the helpful people that contribute to it, but I'm having a hard time finding posts with my searches.

    The problem is when I search for something like 'toolpath bit size', I get 'The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search: bit'. Or a search for 'part file z axis zero' I get 'The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search: z, zero'.

    So because some of my important keywords have been omitted from the search, the results are not accurate. I have tried using tags, but there are no tags for bit, router bit, or even toolpath so I don't see how they help.

    Could someone please tune me in?

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    Here's where Google is your friend - from Google search for something like this: toolpath bit size site:talkshopbot.com

    BTW, this search got 811 matches from the forum, so try to be as specific as possible!

    The "site:talkshopbot.com" tag tells Google to only search the forum.

    Hope this helps!
    Ron Sloan

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    I learned something today... Thanks Ron!

    SG

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    Thanks Ron, that's very helpful.
    PS. I only got 810 results ;-)

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    for more then 2 years now i thought that it was me who could not search right. what a helpful tool, thanks Ron.

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    Smile good idea

    Sure enough, just when you think you know it all, somebody on the forum comes along and shows you something new. Thanks. In addition I think I can use the idea else where.

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    I use it on a lot of forums, as a lot of them offer less than stellar search results!
    Ron Sloan

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    On one of the forums I frequent, it has Search This Forum via Google as a drop down choice under the Search button. It does the same thing Ron says and would be a nice addition to this forum.

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    In addition to Ron's Google tip, here are a few others that typically work in any given search engine -- including the Forum and Google:
    • Put quotes (") around words or phrases
    • Use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard
    • Use AND, OR, or NOT
    • Use parentheses to form complex variations
    Note how different the results are if you type the following combinations into the Forum search engine:
    • "toolpath bit size"
    • "bit size"
    • (toolpath OR bit) AND size

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    Thanks for the tips John. I don't do a search regularly enough nor are they all the same, so I forget the proper syntax to use sometimes. Kinda like programming your VCR. Remember those?

    I've recorded your tips in Evernote so I'll never forget now!

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