I've checked a post on my phone, than tried to search for it in my pc, but didn't succeeded for first try:

enter image description here

After modification I've found it:

enter image description here

There was just a slight difference: first search term contained Excel. I'd expect superuser's search engine to find questions when search term only partially contains a tag name (e.g. Excel instead of Microsoft-Excel in this case).

  • 1
    I have a lot of trouble getting useful results from Stack Exchange search.  I usually try it, first; then half the time I end up using Google with site:superuser.com. – Scott Oct 6 '16 at 5:33
  • Search distinguishes between tags and content. If you want to include a tag, it needs to be in brackets and be the correct tag name. If it isn't in brackets, the word becomes part of the collection of search terms a post must contain. In this case, there is no post that contains both the words in the title plus the word "excel". However, [excel] is a synonym for [microsoft-excel], which is a tag that question includes, so including [excel] in the search string finds this question. – fixer1234 Oct 6 '16 at 7:20
  • thanks fixer1234, it's more clear now. However I still think superuser's search engine should be more intelligent and find the question also in first case. I just can't memorize search rules for each site I use, and I think I'm not the only one... – Máté Juhász Oct 6 '16 at 7:41
  • 1
    @MátéJuhász - Its all a single search engine (thust all SE sites have the same rules), which means StackExchange, sounds like a SE feature request. – Ramhound Oct 6 '16 at 15:37

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .