Search Help

Improve your Yahoo Search results

Become a Yahoo Search pro. These tips will help you get the search results you want, the first time.

Get specific

Use specific words to describe what you're looking for. For example, when shopping for an uncle (who may just be an avid collector of money from around the world), try searching international collector's currency instead of collector's coins.

Use exact phrases

Put quotation marks around two or more words to search for the exact phrase inside the quotation marks.

For example:

"Yahoo stock price climbing" rapidly

Require words

You can make sure your search results include specific words, by using a + (plus sign) in front of each required word.

To find out about cell phone science (not cell biology), search:

cell science +phone

Exclude words

To make sure your search results exclude certain words, use a - (hyphen) in front of each word that you'd like to exclude.

Say you want to learn about cell biology (not cell phones), search:

cell science -phone

More than one search at a time

Say you'd like to learn about both kayaking and biking in New Zealand, you'd search for:

New Zealand kayaking OR New Zealand biking

If you're equally interested in two or more alternatives, use OR in capital letters.

  Take advantage of Search suggestions: As you type, suggestions will appear in a drop-down. They're a great way to find the perfect search phrase.


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