FAQ & How To: Using Autodesk Discussion Groups

FAQ & How To: Using Autodesk Discussion Groups

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Video: Tips for using Search in the Autodesk Forums to find answers

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01-13-2011 03:17 AM

The 3 videos below will show you how to use the provided search tools effectively. Each is around 2 minutes in length.  If you do not see the videos (hosted on YouTube), you can select the following links. Basic Search (2.5MB) Sorting & Filtering (3.1MB) Advanced Search (3.5MB)


Boolean Search

This type of search is supported in the Autodesk Forums, here is how it works:

  • You can use the following operators: AND, "+", OR, NOT and "-" (note ALL CAPS must be used)
  • Note if you search for multiple words or a phrase you should use quotation marks around the words/phrase (for example,  "dialogue box error")
  • You can also use wildcards:
  1. ~ (proximity wildcard) So if you want the word "there" and "problem" but only if they are within 5 words of each other, that's "there problem" ~5   (in this case, you have to use the quotation marks in the search)
  2. ? (character wildcard)
  3. * (multiple character wildcard)

You can search on the internet for more detail using these search refinements, there are many resources for wildcards and boolean search.




Brian Kling
Sr International Customer Experience Lead
Autodesk, Inc.
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