Fun with live web search macros


I was playing with search macros in live.com and was amazed at what we can do with those. In past I could not search for keywords only in MSDN forums specific to VSTS. If I did a search in web, then my results had non-forum stuff as well, which was a clutter. Now I created a search macro to do exactly that http://microsoftgadgets.com/forums/7153/ShowPost.aspx . The macro is shared, so just add “macro:naren.vsts” at end of keywords in live.com search and the results are scoped to only VSTS forums. It is possible because of macros functinality in live.com and meta tags in forums.


I can also do complex queries like “show me all unanswered questions in WorkItemTracking forum” and also add it live.com as an RSS feed to check unanswered questions whenever I go to live home page! Doing queries like getting all questions answered by me is trivial. I have a tool now that will show me results of keywords from VSTS forums, msdn (by appending site:msdn.microsoft.com at end of query), both search.msn.com & google in separate windows – comes handy when searching for an answer.


Joe has a tool posted here to construct complex queries and links to building live.com macros


Comments (4)

  1. Shahar says:

    Your link

    http://www.live.com/q=site%3Aforums.microsoft.com meta%3ASearch.MSForums.ForumID(479) meta%3ASearch.MSForums.IsAnswered(0)&offset=1#ttp://www.live.com/q=site%3Aforums.microsoft.com%20meta%3ASearch.MSForums.ForumID(479)%20meta%3ASearch.MSForums.IsAnswered(0)&offset=1

    Is not working.

  2. Shahar says:

    Also, it doesn’t seem to work at all with IE7.

    And when I used it with IE6 is was so slow, I had to switch to the vanilla msn search..

    But it sounds like a real nice feature. Cant wait for live search to be usable so I can try it out.

  3. narend says:

    It does work for me when I paste the link. There is a missing # sign in your comment before "q=", and after fixing it if I place it in addressbar of IE6, it works. I agree that it is sometimes slow.