Utilizes special words or symbols to limit, widen, or define the scope of your search.
These include: AND, OR, NOT, and NEAR, as well as the symbols + (add) – (subtract) ” ” (quote).
|AND||+||All words must be present in the results||football AND nfl|
|OR||Results can include any of the words||paleo OR primal|
|NOT||–||Results include everything but the term that follows the operator||diet NOT vegan|
|NEAR||The search terms must appear within a certain number of words of each other||swedish NEAR minister|
- Boolean operators need to be in all uppercase letters for the search engine to understand them as an operator and not a regular word.
- Most search engines default to the OR Boolean operator, meaning it will search for any word, but not necessarily all of them.
- Not all search engines support these Boolean operators. For example, Google understands – but doesn’t support NOT.
Boolean Search Examples
free AND games - Helps find free games by including both words.
"video chat app" iOS AND Windows - Searches for video chat apps that can run on both Windows and iOS devices.
"open houses" saturday OR sunday - Locate open houses that are open either day.
"best web browser" macOS OR Mac - If you're not sure how the article might be worded, you can try a search like this to cover both words.
2019 movies -comedy - Finds movies mentioning 2019, but excludes all pages that have the word comedy.
"paleo recipes" -sugar - Locates web pages about paleo recipes but ensures that none of them include the word sugar
Google Advanced Searching
Google Image – Dedicated image search page
Common search techniques
Search social media
@ in front of a word to search social media. For example:
Search for a price
$ in front of a number. For example:
# in front of a word. For example:
Exclude words from your search
- in front of a word you want to leave out. For example,
jaguar speed -car
Search for an exact match
Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example,
Search within a range of numbers
.. between two numbers. For example,
OR” between each search query. For example,
marathon OR race.
Search for a specific site
site:” in front of a site or domain. For example,
Search for related sites
related:” in front of a web address you already know. For example,
See Google’s cached version of a site
cache:” in front of the site address.
Important: Not all search operators return exhaustive results.
Bing Advanced Searching
Reverse Image Search on Bing
Select the camera button at the right side of the search field > give it a URL to an online image, or upload a photo.
After running the search using an image, you can find others that look like yours, locate related searches, and more.
Bing’s Advanced Video Search Options
There are several advanced search options when looking for videos on Bing. They’re stored in a hidden toolbar that’s only visible after selecting Filter.
There are also a date, length and resolution filters to narrow your scope.
Symbols to Streamline Your Search
These Bing search modifiers are other ways to get better results when searching for things:
|Bing Advanced Search Options|
|Symbol||Example||What It Does|
|+||+lifewire +help||Finds web pages that contain all the terms preceded by the + symbol|
|” “||“contact us”||Finds the exact words in a phrase|
|()||site:lifewire.com -(iPod tablet)||Finds or excludes web pages that contain a group of words|
|AND, &||house AND sale||Finds web pages that contain all the terms or phrases (this is how normal searches work by default, and it’s an example of a Boolean search)|
|NOT, –||lifewire -buy||Excludes web pages that contain a term or phrase|
|OR, |||iPod OR iPhone||Finds web pages that contain either of the terms or phrases|
Advanced Bing Search Operators
The following are other search tips you can use to narrow down the results on Bing:
|Bing Advanced Search Terms|
|Keyword||Example||What It Does|
|contains:||tennis contains:gif||Keeps results focused on sites that have links to the file types that you specify|
|ext:||example resume ext:docx||Returns only web pages with the file extension that you specify|
|filetype:||filetype:pdf||Returns only web pages created in the file type that you specify|
|inanchor:, inbody:, intitle:||intitle:2019 inbody:wimbledon||Returns only web pages that contain the specified term in the metadata|
|ip:||ip:126.96.36.199||Finds sites that are hosted by a specific IP address|
|language:||tennis language:fr||Returns only web pages for a certain language (requires the language code)|
|loc:, location:||loc:US||Returns only web pages from a specific country/region. To focus on two or more, use a logical OR to group them (requires the country or region code)|
|prefer:||tennis prefer:history||Adds emphasis to a search term or another operator to help focus the results|
|site:||site:lifewire.com iPhone||Returns web pages that belong to a specific website. Also works for TLDs (such as site:edu)|
|feed:||feed:technology||Finds RSS or Atom feeds about the search term|
|hasfeed:||site:cnn.com hasfeed:world||Finds web pages that contain an RSS or Atom feed on a website for the terms you search for|
|url:||url:lifewire.com||Checks whether the domain or URL is in the Bing index|