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ABOUT STARTPAGE SEARCH ENGINE

Advanced Search Tips

Design a Great Search with Advanced Syntax

You can make your search even more effective by using advanced syntax. Here are examples

All of the terms:

UFO AND abduction

Place the word AND between two words or phrases that must be included. Startpage will in full privacyonly return pages that contain all those words.

Omit a term:

dinosaur -barney

Place a minus (-) before any word that must not be present. Alternatively, place the words NOT, AND NOT or ANDNOT before that word.

For example, dinosaur -barney if you are looking for pages on dinosaurs but don't want to find Barney the Dinosaur.

Phrase:

"south park"

Place a phrase in quotes if all the words need to appear together as a phrase, and not scattered about the page. For example, a search for "south park" is more likely to find websites devoted to the violent television show South Park and less likely to find pages about parks located in the south of France.

Parentheses:

adopt AND (beagle OR terrier)

Construct complex queries by mixing ands, ors and nots within parentheses. A search for adopt AND (beagle OR terrier) would find pages with the words adopt and beagle, or adopt and terrier, or possibly all three words.

Fields:

Specify where certain information must appear with fields. Currently supported fields include:

title:"Dan Quayle" mensa
title: page title must contain this text
domain:uk beatles
domain: page must be located at a .com or .gov or .edu or .uk (etc.) computer
host:nytimes.com
or,
site:nytimes.com
host: page must be located on this specified computer or on more specific computers (e.g. host:nytimes.com will retrieve pages on nytimes.com and on www.nytimes.com)
url:bigman
url: find pages with specified text anywhere within the url, e.g. url:uk will find http://abc.com/pics/uk.html as well as http://www.uk/
link:nytimes
link: page must contain a hyperlink for which at least one of the words in the destination address begins with specified text.


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