Here response, "HOW did you do that??!!"
Well, if you all are more blessed with getting results than Joann and I are you can skip this tutorial. If not, maybe this will help you out.
First of all, Sign in. If you do not sign in the message board will not let you use the function...
and you will get this lovely error: (Yes, personal experience is talking here.)
For some new people to the message board I will be going step-by-step since many of you may not even know where to find the Search function. (Before today I would have said, Don't bother. But since I have foudn that it does have some capability I will show you where it is. )
Click on Community at the top of the screen
Then... click on Message board
Now, click on Search, found in the list on the left side of the screen (unless you reformatted the site's layout and moved it to the right)
This is what the Seach screen looks like:
In the Search Term box type what you are looking for. In this example I was trying to help Joann find a flower box.
Leave the Author blank unless you are 100% sure who created the item you're looking for and know how to spell their message board ID
Jump down to the Options section. In the Search only box click on the drop down arrow and select Topic
Then move to the Search terms found in box and click on the dropdown box. Select Subject.
If you know you want only those results found in a specific forum you can go to the Search in Forum section (top, right) and select the forum you're interested in. For example, if I only wanted flower boxes in the Design Studio forum then I would scroll down and click on - - Cricut Design Studio. Since we (Joann and I) weren't sure where she found this box I left it as Search All Forums
I received 2 pages of results, one was the post where Joann had found the picture of the box care of Ruby and one was Laurie's post talking about how her flower box was chosen for the Chirp which led me to the original post where Laurie had her .cut file and instructions posted for making the box. YAY!! Success!!
Please note: Had Laurie or Ruby titled their posts differently, not including Flower and Box in the title of their posts, they would not have shown up on my Search. So here is my plea.... PLEASE think about what you are titling your posts when you write a post on the message board. Generic "Help please" or "Look what I made" or "my latest creation" will NOT pull up using this type of search. My experience with searching the body of posts seems to end in no findings making it difficult to find posts when the item is detailed only within the body of the post. If you need help, title your post Help Please: Flower Box. (make sense?)
As I discover more functionality to the Search engine on the message board I will let you know.