How to boost search efficiency on AI-powered Bing

Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 11, has novel features such as AI-powered Bing incorporated into the taskbar search box. This integration makes it easier for Windows 11 users to utilize Bing for quick and efficient searches.

Users are urged to utilize Bing’s built-in search operators to refine their search inputs and obtain more specific results. Users can save time and boost productivity by employing these operators.

It is crucial to understand the specific syntax requirements for using search operators with Bing. Each search operator must be followed by a colon and an immediate parameter, without any spaces before or after the colon. Adhering to this convention consistently is essential, while capitalization is not a factor.

One of the useful search operators is “site:,” which allows users to limit their search to a specific website or two levels of subdomains. For instance, a search query like “windows 11” will retrieve Windows 11-related articles solely from TechRepublic. Another operator, “domain:,” expands the search to an entire domain, including all indexed subdomains.

Other search operators include “contains:” for filtering search results with specific file types, “filetype:” for finding results with a particular file format, and “define:” for retrieving word or phrase definitions. Users can also utilize “imagesize:” to search for images of a specified size, “inanchor:” to focus on webpages with the query word or phrase in their anchor text, “inbody:” for narrowing results to the body text of indexed websites, “intitle:” to limit results to webpages with the queried word or phrase in their titles, and “location:” to conduct location-specific searches.

While these Bing search operators may appear to add extra steps for general web surfing, they prove invaluable for comprehensive searches performed within professional contexts and under time constraints. Employing these operators can significantly enhance search efficiency and deliver more meaningful and applicable results.

The sources for this piece include an article in TechRepublic.

IT World Canada Staff
IT World Canada Staff
The online resource for Canadian Information Technology professionals.

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