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Google's official support forums leave a lot to be desired as far as finding helpful information (they really should be powered by StackExchange!)

Is there any way to sort search results by date (created and/or last replied)? Currently it appears that results are only sorted by 'relevance' and some of the threads at the top are very old.

Bonus points if there is a way to limit searches to sub-forums. Presently, when you enter a search string in the search field, it automatically appends "more:forum" however if a topic has several sub forums (Such as Picasa, which has Picasa Windows and Picasa Mac), it doesn't seem that there is a way to limit results to a specific sub-forum.

Example is: http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/search.py?ctx=en:searchbox&forum=4&query=cpu+usage

This shows results from the FORUM but there is no way for me to a) sort results by date and b) limit results to the Picasa for Mac subforum

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You could try using a Google Search instead for this...

To limit the results to threads in a parent forum (e.g. in this case Picasa), use site:google.com/support/forum/p/Picasa/thread.

To limit the results to a specific sub-forum, you could add the breadcrumbs that appear on each page to your search query. For example: "Help forum > Picasa > Picasa Web Albums".

To order by the date posted, click Show Search Tools, and choose Latest. This will order the posts with the newest ones at the top.

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Thanks - can't believe it's this convoluted. You'd think that SOME Google insiders would recognize how frustrating their forums are... – Josh Newman Sep 24 '10 at 21:23

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