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Searching the MSDN and KB libraries RRS feed

  • Question

  • Now that the MSDN Search page no longer searches MSDN or KB (that I can see) and no longer provides a filter to narrow a search to Documentation, what's the recommended way of searching the Library?
    Cindy Meister, VSTO/Word MVP
    Monday, March 30, 2009 7:37 PM

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  • Cindy,
    I have asked the program manager working on MSDN search to respond to your post.

    Anand..
    Group Manager| Developer Division| Microsoft Corp.| http://blogs.msdn.com/sandcastle/ http://blogs.msdn.com/innovation/
    Monday, April 27, 2009 3:03 AM
  • Hi Cindy, our Masthead search and Site search is by default scoped to search MSDN (if you're on the MSDN site) and TechNet (if you're on the TechNet site) as well as a number of other relevant sites. Masthead search is the search box on any MSDN or TechNet page. Site search is our actual search page: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US/

    Try these scenarios and let me know if they help. Also, if there is a specific scenario you're doing that isn't working, post it back and I'll take a look:

    Masthead search:
    1. Go to MSDN home: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx
    2. Search for 'asp.net' (no quotes); the search URL is: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/search/en-us/?query=asp.net
    3. Under the search box in the Refine by source: section you should see a link for 'Library Documentation and Articles (x)'
    -Clicking the link will rerun your search limited to the Library
    -Clicking the 'x' will rerun the search excluding the Library

    Forums search:
    1. Go to MSDN Forums: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/categories
    2. In the 'Search Forums' search box search for 'system.xml' (no quotes); don't use the masthead search box. The search URL is: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-US/?Refinement=112&query=system.xml&rq=&rn=
    -This search is scoped to only Forums
    3. In the 'Current Refinements' you will see 'Forums (x)' and 'Remove all'
    -Clicking either of these will rerun your search with our default scope which will include MSDN and TechNet

    Hope that helps. Let me know if you're having further problems.


    George Bullock Senior Program Manager MSDN/TechNet/Expression Search
    • Proposed as answer by gbullock Monday, April 27, 2009 7:15 PM
    Monday, April 27, 2009 4:51 PM