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Hoping someone can assist but as part of normal WordPress theme searching, how can I add a filter as part of the search to not include certain posts/pages as part of my LOOP?

For example, I want the "Search" to ignore post=234 as part of the loop or posts 123,234,555?


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you can use pre_get_posts filter hook and set the post__not_in parameter of the query ex:

function exclude_from_search_filter($query) {
        if ( !$query->is_admin && $query->is_search) {
                $query->set('post__not_in', array(40, 9) ); // id of page or post
        return $query;
add_filter( 'pre_get_posts', 'exclude_from_search_filter' );
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