I do it. And I’m sure you do it too. We get into a habit of only using the search tools that we’ve always used. You might use Google, I use Bing…but, did you ever wonder if there were other ways to search for AX-specific information? Wonder no longer. Listed below are a few of the additional tools or methods that you can use to search for all things AX.
If you’ve been around the AX world for a while, I would hope that you already know about this fantastic tool. WebSearchAX gives you advanced search capabilities specific to AX. Use this tool to search for TechNet and MSDN topics, code examples, white papers, and blog entries related to AX. You can filter your search results by user role, AX version, AX module, and even by language.
Did you know that Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services has built-in search functionality that lets you search for hotfixes, KB articles, regulatory features, and workarounds for reported issues in AX? Read more about it in the following TechNet topic: ttp://technet.microsoft.com/EN-US/library/dn268610.aspx.
So, you found the topic that you want on TechNet or MSDN, but what if that topic is super long? Most browsers have a “find on page” feature that lets you search for words or phrases on a web page. In Internet Explorer, use the CTRL+F shortcut key to open the Find” toolbar. You can enter a search term in this toolbar when you’re viewing a TechNet or MSDN topic to locate a specific word or phrase in that topic.
When you initially search the Microsoft Dynamics Community site, you get a results list that is not filtered. You can narrow your search results down by using the built-in site filters on the left side of the search results list. You can filter by type of content (Forums, logs, Comments, Files, Users, etc.) and you can filter by product, author, or tags. I suggest that you always filter your results to show only the Microsoft Dynamics AX product.
Listed below are my favorite search string “tricks” that I use to help narrow down my search results in standard search engines.
Most common search engines publish a complete list of advanced search string syntax that users can use to enhance their search experience. Bing’s Advanced Operator Reference is published here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff795620.aspx (Click the topic link and then refer to the Table of Contents pane on the left side of MSDN to see the entire list of operators).
Are you a search expert? Or, do you have a unique way to find the AX information that you need? If so, please share your AX search tips with the community by commenting on this post and sharing what you know.