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Old May 25th 09, 05:36 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6_outlookexpress
WhatsUp31415
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Default Find: how to search for multiple words?

When using Find, sometimes I want to search for subjects that have two words
not necessarily adjacent and not necessarily in a particular order.

Basically, I want a search pattern like "this AND that" and "this OR that".

Is there some way to construct such searches?

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Old May 25th 09, 05:50 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6_outlookexpress
PA Bear [MS MVP]
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No.

WhatsUp31415 wrote:
When using Find, sometimes I want to search for subjects that have two
words
not necessarily adjacent and not necessarily in a particular order.

Basically, I want a search pattern like "this AND that" and "this OR
that".

Is there some way to construct such searches?


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Old May 25th 09, 05:50 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6_outlookexpress
PA Bear [MS MVP]
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Default how to search for multiple words?

No.

WhatsUp31415 wrote:
When using Find, sometimes I want to search for subjects that have two
words
not necessarily adjacent and not necessarily in a particular order.

Basically, I want a search pattern like "this AND that" and "this OR
that".

Is there some way to construct such searches?


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Old May 25th 09, 05:51 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6_outlookexpress
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Default how to search for multiple words?

OE can't do that.
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"WhatsUp31415" wrote in message
...
When using Find, sometimes I want to search for subjects that have two
words not necessarily adjacent and not necessarily in a particular order.

Basically, I want a search pattern like "this AND that" and "this OR
that".

Is there some way to construct such searches?


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Old May 25th 09, 05:51 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6_outlookexpress
Bruce Hagen
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Default how to search for multiple words?

OE can't do that.
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Bruce Hagen
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Imperial Beach, CA


"WhatsUp31415" wrote in message
...
When using Find, sometimes I want to search for subjects that have two
words not necessarily adjacent and not necessarily in a particular order.

Basically, I want a search pattern like "this AND that" and "this OR
that".

Is there some way to construct such searches?


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Old May 25th 09, 06:48 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6_outlookexpress
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"PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
No.


Thanks for the confirmation.

Aha! Find cannot, but there is a custom view option that does what I want:
View Current View . Customize Current View. Deselect "For all messages",
and select "Where Subject line contains specific words". We can select
"contains" or "does not contain" and "matches all" or "matches any".
Tedious; but it does indeed isolate the thread of interest without having to
change my "Automatically expand grouped messages" Read option, which I
prefer to deselect.


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"PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote in message
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No.

WhatsUp31415 wrote:
When using Find, sometimes I want to search for subjects that have two
words
not necessarily adjacent and not necessarily in a particular order.

Basically, I want a search pattern like "this AND that" and "this OR
that".

Is there some way to construct such searches?



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Old May 25th 09, 06:48 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6_outlookexpress
WhatsUp31415
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Default how to search for multiple words?

"PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
No.


Thanks for the confirmation.

Aha! Find cannot, but there is a custom view option that does what I want:
View Current View . Customize Current View. Deselect "For all messages",
and select "Where Subject line contains specific words". We can select
"contains" or "does not contain" and "matches all" or "matches any".
Tedious; but it does indeed isolate the thread of interest without having to
change my "Automatically expand grouped messages" Read option, which I
prefer to deselect.


----- original message -----

"PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote in message
...
No.

WhatsUp31415 wrote:
When using Find, sometimes I want to search for subjects that have two
words
not necessarily adjacent and not necessarily in a particular order.

Basically, I want a search pattern like "this AND that" and "this OR
that".

Is there some way to construct such searches?



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Old May 25th 09, 10:39 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6_outlookexpress
Robert Aldwinckle
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"WhatsUp31415" wrote in message ...
When using Find, sometimes I want to search for subjects that have two words
not necessarily adjacent and not necessarily in a particular order.

Basically, I want a search pattern like "this AND that" and "this OR that".


Is there some way to construct such searches?



Only using multiple searches. E.g. first find the least common word
using Ctrl-Shift-F. Flag all of those messages (Ctrl-a,Alt-M,a)
Then reuse the Find window for the next word, this time also adding
Alt-g (Message is flagged). Result: messages which contain both
words in any context. Naturally you if you already have some messages
marked with the most common word the result would not necessarily
be what you wanted, so you might want to clear all Flags as a first step.

BTW all of this has been discussed from time to time in the past,
so it may be found using a Google Groups search of this newsgroup's
archive.


HTH

Robert Aldwinckle
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Old May 25th 09, 10:39 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6_outlookexpress
Robert Aldwinckle
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Default how to search for multiple words?


"WhatsUp31415" wrote in message ...
When using Find, sometimes I want to search for subjects that have two words
not necessarily adjacent and not necessarily in a particular order.

Basically, I want a search pattern like "this AND that" and "this OR that".


Is there some way to construct such searches?



Only using multiple searches. E.g. first find the least common word
using Ctrl-Shift-F. Flag all of those messages (Ctrl-a,Alt-M,a)
Then reuse the Find window for the next word, this time also adding
Alt-g (Message is flagged). Result: messages which contain both
words in any context. Naturally you if you already have some messages
marked with the most common word the result would not necessarily
be what you wanted, so you might want to clear all Flags as a first step.

BTW all of this has been discussed from time to time in the past,
so it may be found using a Google Groups search of this newsgroup's
archive.


HTH

Robert Aldwinckle
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