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Search operators

Yandex offers a powerful set of search operators that let users create highly specific searches by taking even the smallest linguistic peculiarities and nuances into account. The most common search criteria can be specified in the advanced search section. However, by familiarizing yourself with these search operators, you'll be able to solve even the most complex of search tasks.

Search operator crib sheet

Example

Description

"drink me"

Search for exact word order

"this watch is exactly * days slow"

Missing word in quote

hedgehog & flamingo

Words appear in same sentence

caterpillar && cheshire

Words appear on same webpage

croquet +flamingo

Search for webpages with specific word

Cheshire cat | hatter | march hare

Search for any word in query

Oh my ears and whiskers << rabbit hole

Non-ranking “and”: the words after the operator do not affect the ranking of the page in the results

tarts /2 stole

Distance within two words either way (i.e. one word can appear between the words in the query)

drink me && /3 door

Distance within three sentences in any direction

Twinkle twinkle little ~~ star

Exclude “star” from search results

off with /+2 head

Distance within two words, in same word order

teacup ~ tart

Search for sentences that include “teacup” but not “tart”

grin /(-1 +2) cat

Distance of one word in reverse order and three forward

!Curiouser !and !curiouser

Words appear in exact form

queen && (+behead | !head)

Brackets group words in complex searches

!!rose

Dictionary form of word

title:(mad tea-party)

Search webpage titles

url:http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Alice's_Adventures_in_Wonderland

Search URL

inurl:alice

Search URL fragment

host:wikipedia.org

Search host

rhost:org.wikipedia.*

Reverse host search

site:http://en.wikiquote.org

Search all pages and subdomains of site

mime:pdf

Search for specific file type

lang:en

Narrow search by language

domain:com

Narrow search by domain

date:200712*

Narrow search by date

date:20071215..20080101, date:>20091231

Narrow search by date range

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