Using Boolean operators

Boolean operators help you filter search results to include and exclude certain words and phrases

Boolean operators help you filter search results to include and exclude certain words and phrases.

Not sure how to use Boolean operators? In this article, we'll walk you through the process using the Super Bowl and related words as examples.

Before we begin, here are a couple of things to remember:

  • Boolean operators affect searches only involving multiple words or phrases. So if you search for football, you’ll find posts with the word football in it.
  • The quotations mentioned are always double quotations (“loren ipsum” and not ‘loren ipsum’).
  • Operators like AND and OR only work if they’re typed in block letters.

Use this guide during your next search:

TYPE SEARCH TERM... ...TO FIND CONTENT CONTAINING
super bowl super bowl or super or bowl
"super bowl" super bowl
"super bowl" OR "game day" either super bowl or game day
"super bowl" AND "game day" both super bowl and game day
"super bowl" -halftime super bowl but not halftime

 

For a more detailed guide, see below: 

1. Super bowl

Typing super bowl in the search box returns three types of posts:

  • posts that contain the word super
  • posts that contain the word bowl 
  • posts that contain both the words super and bowl, either together or separately
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2. "Super bowl"

Typing "super bowl" in the search box only returns posts that use the entire phrase

3. "Super bowl" OR "game day"

Typing "super bowl" OR "game day" in the search box returns posts that either include one phrase or the other, but not both.

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4. "Super bowl" AND "game day"

Typing "super bowl" AND "game day" in the search box returns posts that contain both phrases.

5. "Super bowl" -halftime

Typing "super bowl" -halftime returns posts that contain the phrase super bowl but not the word halftime

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6. Halftime -"super bowl"

Typing halftime -"super bowl" returns posts that contain the phrase halftime but not the phrase super bowl.

7. #broncos AND #SB50

Boolean operators also work with hashtags. Typing #broncos AND #SB50 returns posts that contain both hashtags.

 

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