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Bing Image Search

Learn how you can search images using Bing's amazing image search functions.

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August 1st 2013
September 6th 2013






While Google may have the largest and most up-to-date search index, other search providers like Microsoft's Bing need to up the ante by providing more usability options so that visitors can get more optimum and narrowed-down results. And that's exactly what Microsoft seems to have done with Bing's Image Search options – everything is streamlined and you can filter and sort results with so much dexterity – it's almost like you are sorting numbers in Excel – just that this is also so much more visual!

While you will get a different set of visual results while searching for the same terms on Google's and Bing's Image Search options, you clearly get a better experience with Bing, at least for now. Even better, if you know how to search for visuals on Bing's Image Search, then you might feel right at home using the online image searches from within Microsoft Office programs such as PowerPoint and Word.

In this set of tutorials, we will first look at Bing's basic search options – and then look at the amazing individual options that can make your search results so much more useful.

Note: Although Bing’s image search is accessible to everyone across the globe, some features such as Search by Date or License are currently available only to those searching from US. If you are not based in the US, you can still access the options explained in these pages – just make sure that you access Bing USA’s Image Search using this link.

Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Access Bing USA’s Image Search site, as shown in Figure 1, below. Note that this page changes its appearance each day – so it may not look exactly the same as what you see in Figure 1 – however the search boxes and advanced options should work in the same way.
    Bing’s Image Search page
    Figure 1: Bing’s Image Search page

  2. Enter a term in the Search box – we typed in "cacti" without the quotes, and pressed the Enter key on our keyboard – you can see the results of this search in Figure 2, below.
      Image search results for cacti
    Figure 2:  Image search results for cacti

  3. Notice that there are seven filters right beneath the Search box, as highlighted in red within Figure 3, below – each of these are actually menus that let you filter your results – you can choose from more than one filter. In Figure 3, below you can see that we have clicked the Size filter to reveal a menu, as shown highlighted in blue in Figure 3, below.
    Filter your search results
    Figure 3: Filter your search results

Each of these filter options are explained in individual pages, linked from the list below:

  1. Search Images by Size
  2. Search Images by Color
  3. Search Images by Type
  4. Search Images by Layout
  5. Search Images by People
  6. Search Images by Date
  7. Search Images by License





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