Search forums block
In the Search Forum block you will find a field, in which you should type the word or phrase you want to find in course forums.
For basic searching of one or more words anywhere in the texts, just type them separated by spaces. All words longer than two characters are used. If you want to use advanced search options you can either move to the Advanced Search page (clicking Advanced Search in the Search Forums block) or use
To force exact matching of a word, use the plus sign, and the minus sign if there are particular exact words you don't want included in the search. To search for a particular phrase, use double quotes around it. To search for texts by a particular user, prefix a word from their name with "user:". If you know the user id of a particular user, you can search for them like this. To search for a word within the subject or title of a text only, prefix the word with "subject:".
You can also use the advanced search options For advanced searching, press the search button without typing anything in the words field - you will see a complete form that makes it easier to do advanced searches. Apart from the options mentioned below you can also set the date ranges for the forum posts to search in (options: Posts must be newer than this, Posts must be older than this), you can choose only one forum to search in (Choose which forums to search).