Yahoo Search Tips Part 2

Tips for Better Searching

Specify words that must appear in the results:

Attach a + in front words that must appear in result documents.

Specify words that should not appear in the results:

Attach a – in front of words that must not appear in result documents.

Require selected words or phrases:

Attaching a + to a word requires that the word be found in all of the search results.

Prohibit selected words or phrases:

Attaching a – in front of a word requires that the word not be found in any of the search results.

Document Section Restrictions

Attaching one the following operators to the front of a search word will restrict the search to a certain document sections.

t: – will restrict searches to document titles only
compare: joe boxer versus t:joe boxer

u: – will restrict searches to document URLs only
compare: intel versus u:intel

Phrase Matching (” “)

Putting quotes around a set of words will only find results that match the words in that exact sequence.

Wildcard Matching (*)

Attaching a * to the right-hand side of a word will return left side partial matches.

Combining the Syntax

You may combine any of the query syntax as long as the syntax is combined in the proper order. The proper order for using the syntax is the same order that the operators are listed on this page. That is, +, -, t:, u:, “” and lastly *.

compare: (correct) +t:football -American versus (incorrect) t:+football -American

Time Restrictions

You can restrict your search to documents that are more recent than a certain date. There is no search query syntax available for restricting by time. This feature can only be accessed from the search options page.

Displaying Results

You can customise the number of search results displayed on all result pages following the summary page (the layout of the summary page is fixed). There is no search query syntax option available for customising the number of displayed results. This feature can only be accessed from the search options page.

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