Bing advanced search

Love searching with bing? How about getting better search results, more focused and relevant? Bing offers advanced symbols and keywords that allows you to power up your search. Here is a list of the most used:

Bing advanced search operators

Symbol Function
+ Finds webpages that contain all the terms that are preceded by the + symbol. Also allows you to include terms that are usually ignored.
” “ Finds the exact words in a phrase.
() Finds or excludes webpages that contain a group of words.
AND

or &

Finds webpages that contain all the terms or phrases.
NOT

or

Excludes webpages that contain a term or phrase.
OR or | Finds webpages that contain either of the terms or phrases.

Important to know

  • By default, all searches are AND searches.
  • You must capitalize the NOT and OR operators. Otherwise, Bing will ignore them as stop words, which are commonly occurring words and numbers that are omitted to speed a full-text search.
  • Stop words and all punctuation marks, except for the symbols noted in this topic, are ignored unless they are surrounded by quotation marks or preceded by the + symbol.<
  • Only the first 10 terms are used to get search results.
  • Term grouping and Boolean operators are supported in the following preferred order:
    • parentheses ()
    • quotation marks “”
    • NOT + –
    • AND &
    • OR |
  • Because OR is the operator with lowest precedence, enclose OR terms in parentheses when combined with other operators in a search.
  • Some features and functionality described here may not be available in your country or region.

Bing advanced search keywords

You can use the following keywords to narrow your search results and focus your search. Don’t include a space after the colon in these keywords.
(Some features and functionality described here may not be available in your country or region)

Keyword Definition Example
contains: Keeps results focused on sites that have links to the file types that you specify. To search for websites that contain links to Microsoft Windows Media Audio (.wma) files, type music contains:wma.
ext: Returns only webpages with the filename extension that you specify. To find reports created only in DOCX format, type your subject, followed by ext:docx.
filetype: Returns only webpages created in the file type that you specify. To find reports created in PDF format, type your subject, followed by filetype:pdf.
inanchor: or inbody: or intitle: These keywords return webpages that contain the specified term in the metadata, such as the anchor, body, or title of the site, respectively. Specify only one term per keyword. You can string multiple keyword entries as needed. To find webpages that contain “msn” in the anchor, and the terms “spaces” and “magog” in the body, type inanchor:msn inbody:spaces inbody:magog.
ip: Finds sites that are hosted by a specific IP address. The IP address must be a dotted quad address. Type the ip: keyword, followed by the IP address of the website. Type IP:207.46.249.252.
language: Returns webpages for a specific language. Specify the language code directly after the language: keyword. You can also access this function using the Search Builder Language function. For more information about using Search Builder, see Use advanced search. To see webpages only in English about antiques, type “antiques” language:en.
loc: or location: Returns webpages from a specific country or region. Specify the country or region code directly after the loc: keyword. To focus on two or more languages, use a logical OR to group the languages. To see webpages about sculpture from the U.S. or Great Britain, type sculpture (loc:US OR loc:GB). For a list of language codes that you can use with Bing, see Country, region, and language codes.
prefer: Adds emphasis to a search term or another operator to help focus the search results. To find results about football but that primarily pertain to the organization, type football prefer:organization.
site: Returns webpages that belong to the specified site. To focus on two or more domains, use a logical OR to group the domains. You can use site: to search for web domains, top level domains, and directories that are not more than two levels deep. You can also search for webpages that contain a specific search word on a site. To see webpages about heart disease from the BBC or CNN websites, type “heart disease” (site:bbc.co.uk OR site:cnn.com).

To find webpages about the PC version of Halo on the Microsoft website, type site:www.microsoft.com/games/pc halo.

feed: Finds RSS or Atom feeds on a website for the terms you search for. To find RSS or Atom feeds about football, type feed:football.
hasfeed: Finds webpages that contain an RSS or Atom feed on a website for the terms you search for. To find webpages on the New York Times website that contain RSS or Atom feeds, type site:www.nytimes.com hasfeed:football.
url: Checks whether the listed domain or web address is in the Bing index. To verify that the Microsoft domain is in the index, type url:microsoft.com.

3 thoughts on “Bing advanced search

  1. David

    I will not use Bing until I can filter my searches by most recent. In fact it is more important than filtering by region.

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