Bing – Another search engine by Microsoft but this one is Good!! Now that Bing’s around for some time and is available for everyone to use, here are some quick tips and tricks that will help you do more with Bing.com and to know your search engine better.
1. Bing helps you search the Web, Images, Videos, News, Maps & more…
- Web searches:
All web searches have a “related searches” on the left side of the page. This gives you the recent & related searches that most people are commonly looking for. What’s more, you can also save the search results if you have signed into the Hotmail, Messenger, Xbox LIVE accounts right from the Bing search pages!!
- Image searches:
If you have a Facebook account and have set your privacy settings as public then don’t be fascinated to find your photo on the top of the list of Bing results. And yes, Bing also gives you many image search options like Size, Layout, Color, Style and People.
Size: allows you to filter image size types. For example small, medium, large, wallpaper sized images
Layout: filters Square, wide, tall
Color: Color images black & white images
Style: Photograph, illustration
People: just faces, head & shoulders & other.
- Video searches:
Best thing about Bing video searches is it lets you play the videos right from the Bing search window. If you only want to watch the preview of the video all you need to do is just move the mouse of the video show on the search results page.
Even the video search on Bing gives you filter options like length, screen size, resolution and source of the videos, which is really cool.
- News, Maps & More (more includes search trends):
Just like Google, Bing also provides the latest news results from all over the world and local results for the search terms and maps.
Bing has an additional feature called xRank, where you can see who and what everyone’s searching for most . This feature is something likeGoogle trends but here you can search for your favorite celebrities and compare them together .
2. Always use Bing worldwide for your searches, instead of the local search.
To explore the full version of Bing, go to this page and set English – US as your default region. You can now enjoy all the Bing features from anywhere (Global search results).
3. Add Bing to track Stock market.
Add Bing to your default search engine list on IE or Firefox!
4. Save and Email search results
With Bing, you can save your search history on to a local folder inside Bing or to your Windows Skydrive account. Alternatively, you may send your search queries to a friend via email or publish them on your Facebook wall via Bing. You’ll need Silverlight to share queries in Bing.
5. RSS Feeds of Search Results
Unlike Google or Yahoo, Bing offers RSS feeds for their web search results that you can subscribe to inside any feed reader. Your browser should be able to auto-detect the RSS feed of Bing pages or you can append &format=rss to any Bing search URL and convert it into a feed.
This RSS feature is only available for Web searches and currently not available for Image or Video search in Bing.
6. Bing quick search keywords:
Bing (and Live Search) supports a unique “contains” search operator that lets you find web pages that contain links to particular file types. Advanced keywords in Bing can give you better search results so that you find only what you want. Use the following keywords to help limit and focus your searches. Here are few keywords and examples.
Contains: – To search for websites that contain links to Microsoft Windows Media Audio (.wma) files, type music contains:wma.
Filetype: – To find reports created in PDF format, type your subject, followed by filetype:pdf.
Inanchor: or inbody: or intitle: – 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: – Type IP:126.96.36.199.
Language: – To see webpages only in English about antiques, type “antiques” language:en.
Loc: or location: – 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: – To find results about football but that primarily pertain to the organization, type football prefer:organization.
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: – To find RSS or Atom feeds about football, type feed:football.
Hasfeed: – To find webpages on the New York Times website that contain RSS or Atom feeds, type site:www.nytimes.com hasfeed:football.
Url: – To verify that the Microsoft domain is in the index, type url:microsoft.com.
Google always fascinates me but I kind of like the new Bing now! Go on try Bing.com and you could find more …. If you liked this post, subscribe to the mYpassion RSS feed to get instant updates.