Search using "Find this thing" - quotes

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MVP

This might have been suggested or discussed already. I would have searched for it in the community, but search really needs to improve. 

I would expect that if I used quotes around a search string, it would look for the phrase. e.g. searching for "follow a channel" in the Microsoft Teams space should return results for posts with "follow a channel" in the title or body of the post, or reponses. 

Instead it returns posts with the words "follow", "a", "channel", in close proximity to each other.

Then when I try to sort the results to see if there are any recent posts with that phrase, I get results with "a".

For now, I'll go ahead and post my question, regardless of whether it has been asked or not, because I cant quickly find if there is an existing discussion.

But can I ask, will this standard search feature be available in the community soon? 

@Anna Chu@Lana OBrien@Michael Holste.

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Hi @Darrell Webster thanks for bringing this to our attention.  I can replicate your issue and will be working on making improvements so you can do standard boolean search requests.  Will let you know of ETA.

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In general it works, but not in direct way.

With empty search string click on Advanced Search options, write into the With the exact phrase box your search string like Follow a channel (without quotes), click Refine Search.

 

Search returns 5 results (more exactly five conversations where you may find the phrase).

 

Yes, that's not how we usually use search...

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We're changing the search to improve this functionality. 

 

Also, it's worth taking a look at this page to better understand how search works here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Community-Discussion/Using-Search-in-this-community/m-p/11137...

 

-Mike 

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Hi Michael,

 

That works fine now, thank you.