Since Microsoft changed its search engine over to Bing, it has slowly been gaining ground on Google, but yet people can’t figure out why exactly because, well, a search engine is a search engine after all … right? Well, yes and no, it comes down to the nuances, and Bing does a do a few things that Google doesn’t, or does them better.
Ignore the quotation marks around each of the commands.
Excluding Or Combining Words
By using the words “OR” and “NOT”, you can refine your searches from the get go. Search on something like “Apple NOT red” and you will get results with nothing about red apples in it.
Find RSS Feeds On A Specific Site
Sometimes finding the RSS feed for a larger site can be more a pain than you would like, but Bing has a solution for that. Simply enter “site:www.sitename.com hasfeed:subject” and you should get what you’re looking for.
Find RSS Feeds On A Specific Subject
Want to locate RSS feeds quickly for a given subject? Simply search on feed:subject. This is one of those things where I’m not sure why you would want to find a random feed, but the ability is there if you need it.
Search For Specific Filetypes
Say you want to find mp3 files for a specific musical artist. You would enter something like “music singer contains:mp3” and you will find pages related to that musical group that has links to MP3 files.
Your last few searches are shown to the side of your current search results so it greatly eases research you may be doing by letting you jump around in what you’ve been looking up.
What are some of your favorite tricks in Bing?