Advanced search options

Use symbols to modify your search and help narrow your search results.

Find what you're looking for in less time. Use the following symbols to quickly modify your search term or search function:

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.
  • 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:
    • ()
    • ""
    • 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.

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