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How to Search in SDN?

 

Being a member of SDN for a long time I recently started looking into it and found that most of the post will be solved by searching the SDN itself. So I would request you to search the forum before you post. This is not to avoid users to post their queries but to ease both the users who post the queries and SDN’ers to see new queries rather then the queries answered multiple times. This Blog gives some tips about, how to get what you want in SDN using search function

Steps for Basic Search

  1. Select the appropriate area to narrow the search otherwise it will search all the topics
  2. Input your search string and press go

Basic Search

 

Steps for Advanced Search Advance search gives you the option to narrow you search specific to Area, Author, date wise, Product wise, Industries and even version wise. 

Advanced Search

 Advanced Search
Advanced Search

How to sort the results? 

In the top result page (Right Side), you can find a drop down box as shown below. Here you can sort the result as “Relevance”, “Title” and “Date”. To sort the result in ascending or descending order click the  Sort  (Toggle Sort Direction)

Sort Date

 Profile Settings

Profile

 

Here you can set the number of search result to be displayed and the time zone as well. 

 

Please click here to see the SDN FAQ to know more about creating a thread, assigning points etc.  

 

Summary: 

  1. Always try to narrow your search to a particular area so that, you will get similar results you are looking for
  2. You can sort the result in Relevance or Date wise from the drop down in the right top of the search window
  3. Use the Up and Down arrow to sort the result in Ascending or Descending order
  4. In advanced search there are lots of option such as to search with date ,Version, Industries, Task and Author wise. If you choose these options before searching it will narrow the search and will be easy to get what you want
  5. You can Google for searching in SDN, which specifically searches in SDN. 

         Go to http://www.google.com/ -> In the Search Box Type

            

           [Your Search Term] site: [site to be searched]            

          

          [   ] is optional 

 

          For example if you want to search about BI Upgrade in SDN

           then in Google search box

 

Google

          

 

See this link for the above search result http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=BI+Upgrade+site%3Awww.sdn.sap.com    

 

BI Upgrade site:www.sdn.sap.com  The above will give you the BI Upgrade information from SDN

 

For more information please see

 

To search a particular Site alone in Google -> Site Search

To search using file type such as pdf, doc, ppt etc Google -> File Type Search 

 Hope this information is useful.

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  1. Former Member
    …am I wrong or is your blog a little bit outdated and the old input boxes as seen in your first two screenshots don’t exist anymore (for quiet some time) but you have a single search box in the upper right area of the screen instead?

    continuing to search for the boxes,
    anton

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    1. Hello Anton,

      You are right, the image is old and I have updated with the new image. Thanks for pointing it.

      Thanks
      Chandran

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  2. Former Member
    Some people already created custome google search which will give high preferences to SAP sites like SDN, Sapfans , help.sap.. and such.

    I’ve created one and I also created a firefox plugin for my custom google search. Check it out:-
    http://marjanjeffry.blogspot.com/2008/03/marjans-custom-google-search-for-sap.html

    caveat: custom google search will only search whatever google has indexed. So don’t expect info from service.market place since google bot can’t get there ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Former Member
      Hello Marjan,
      thanks for the link … well done!

      I found the custom google page, but NOT the Firefox search plug-in. Can you please be more precise, where to find it. Thanks!

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