Share this:
MENTOR
John, Volunteer Mentor
@johnbishop

Posts: 3204
Joined: Mar 22, 2016

Search - It can help you!

Posted by @johnbishop, Dec 14, 2018

Do you know about Connect's Search function? I find it really helpful when I want to find a discussion about a symptom that I have and want to connect with other members with similar health problems.

Have you tried it? If not, I would recommend giving it a test run. It's easy, just click the small magnifying glass icon at the top of the window next to the little notifications bell.

Has it helped you? Let others know!

John

REPLY

John, I'm thrilled you started this discussion.
Just a note for everyone. The search looks difference on a computer (desktop or laptop) than on a mobile device. The 1st image below shows where to find search on a computer. The 2nd shows search on a phone.

You will find the search function on every page of Connect. Type in your search term and then click Enter on your keyboard or Go on your phone.

Search on desktop

Search on mobile

I use search all the time. I love it! Thanks for publicizing it.

I,ve never used the search but will thanks for the post

@colleenyoung

John, I'm thrilled you started this discussion.
Just a note for everyone. The search looks difference on a computer (desktop or laptop) than on a mobile device. The 1st image below shows where to find search on a computer. The 2nd shows search on a phone.

You will find the search function on every page of Connect. Type in your search term and then click Enter on your keyboard or Go on your phone.

Jump to this post

@colleenyoung Happy to see this post! My "aha" moment made my day! Thanks for all you do!

Here are a few more search tips:

1. Sort a discussion from newest to oldest
Did you know that you can switch the ordering of messages in a discussion thread to see the new message first? Read this message to find out how:
* [NEW] Customize the Order You View Posts – See New Posts First https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/new-customize-the-order-you-view-posts-see-new-posts-first/

2. Search for a discussion in a Group
When I want to see if there is a discussion already on a certain topic, I do the following on my computer or laptop (not so good on mobile devices):
a) Go to the Group page, i.e., MAC https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/mac-bronchiectasis/
b) Scroll to the bottom and click VIEW MORE until all the discussions are shown.
c) Click Ctrl + F on my keyboard. This will open a search window in the upper right corner of your screen.
d) Enter a search term in the search window. For example "probiotics". All mentions of probiotics in the discussion titles will be highlighted in yellow.
e) Click the discussion of interest.

3. Searching for a specific term WITHIN a discussion.
You can use the same method as above for a discussion, click VIEW MORE until the entire discussion is unfolded. With long discussion threads of more than 1000 messages, that would be a long and frustrating task. But for the shorter discussions, it can be useful.

@colleenyoung

Here are a few more search tips:

1. Sort a discussion from newest to oldest
Did you know that you can switch the ordering of messages in a discussion thread to see the new message first? Read this message to find out how:
* [NEW] Customize the Order You View Posts – See New Posts First https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/new-customize-the-order-you-view-posts-see-new-posts-first/

2. Search for a discussion in a Group
When I want to see if there is a discussion already on a certain topic, I do the following on my computer or laptop (not so good on mobile devices):
a) Go to the Group page, i.e., MAC https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/mac-bronchiectasis/
b) Scroll to the bottom and click VIEW MORE until all the discussions are shown.
c) Click Ctrl + F on my keyboard. This will open a search window in the upper right corner of your screen.
d) Enter a search term in the search window. For example "probiotics". All mentions of probiotics in the discussion titles will be highlighted in yellow.
e) Click the discussion of interest.

3. Searching for a specific term WITHIN a discussion.
You can use the same method as above for a discussion, click VIEW MORE until the entire discussion is unfolded. With long discussion threads of more than 1000 messages, that would be a long and frustrating task. But for the shorter discussions, it can be useful.

Jump to this post

Thanks Colleen. That’s a great tip!

Please login or register to post a reply.