General Search Tips

  • You can begin a search with title: to search within the title of blog posts. For example, a running a search on "title: Windows 7" will search for "Windows 7" in the title field of all TechNet blog posts.
  • The more specific you can be with your keywords, the better the search results.
  • If you're looking for a specific phrase then use quotes. For example: "code of conduct" or "how to".
  • Avoid using words such as 'the', 'of', 'a' - they exist in every article and are ignored in the search except when used as part of a phrase.

Searching Site-Wide

In the screenshot below, note the "Show All..." link. Selecting "Show All" (or pressing Enter) will take you to a search page with more search options.

Performing a search on blogs.msdn.com

Advanced Search Options

Selecting the "Advanced Search Options" link under the search box provides three additional search options, which are explained below:

  • Search In - You can search a number of different areas on the site, the most common being "Blogs" and "People." If you are looking for content within a blog post, select "Blogs." If you are looking for a particular user, select "People."
  • Date range - Search only the last two days, the last week, the last month, etc.
  • Authored by - You can change the "Authored by" setting to search only content posted by people on your Friends list.

Search Results

Search ResultsIn the "Search Results" section, you can sort the results by Most Relevant, Highest Rated, Most Recent or Alphabetical.

  • Most Relevant - The Most Relevant tab is the default sorting option for search results.
  • Highest Rated - Select the "Highest Rated" tab to view posts with the highest rating. Blog posts can be rated from one star to five stars.
  • Most Recent - Select the "Most Recent" tab to view the newest content related to your search query.
  • Alphabetical - Select the "Alphabetical" tab to sort your search results in alphabetical order.

Searching Within a Blog

The location of the search box on an individual blog page The default location for the search box on a blog page is indicated by the red arrow in the screenshot to the right. You can search the current blog that you are viewing, or you can select the "Search all blogs" option.