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Post by DonDon » Mon May 08, 2023 3:51 pm

If I want to search for how to remove the ashtray, when I put 'remove ashtray' in the search box, I get hits for 'remove' and 'ashtray' separately. I can't find how to search for just that phrase.
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Post by Dav the wheel nut » Mon May 08, 2023 4:18 pm

Try searching ‘ash tray removal’

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Post by DonDon » Mon May 08, 2023 4:32 pm

Dav the wheel nut wrote: Mon May 08, 2023 4:18 pm Try searching ‘ash tray removal’
I see your location is Somerset, so like me, you are probably using UK English on your keyboard. Your reply contained "smart quotes", single but differently angled quotes. I copied your example, but that didn't work; it still searched for each individual word. I then tried ordinary single quotes, but like my previous attempts, that didn't work either.

What did work was to use speech marks, or double quotes.
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Post by smorris_12 » Mon May 08, 2023 4:40 pm

It ought to respond to:

+ashtray +removal

For a logical and.
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Post by Dav the wheel nut » Mon May 08, 2023 4:55 pm

Probably just as quick to put up a new post asking how to remove the ashtray. :)

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Post by buzyg » Mon May 08, 2023 4:56 pm

Try quotes. "ashtray removes" scores 15 search hits. ashtray removal scores 174 hits. Not perfect, but better than the search engines, I have used, on sites such as Top Gear or Piston Heads. Stick around, have a play, it's really rather good here. :thumbsup:
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Post by smorris_12 » Mon May 08, 2023 5:51 pm

Site search engines are all but useless these days compared to Google with its intelligent pattern searching and auto-synonyms. Far and away the best search is to go to Google and search for:

Z4-forum remove ashtray

and it'll turn up results for removing, refitting, getting out, ashtray, ash tray, fag bin etc etc. If you're feeling excitable there's a proper syntax for limiting searches to a given site:

site:www.z4-forum.com remove ashtray

but the former is good enough 99% of the time.
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Post by Pondrew » Wed May 10, 2023 7:39 pm

Dav the wheel nut wrote: Mon May 08, 2023 4:55 pm Probably just as quick to put up a new post asking how to remove the ashtray.
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