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Bing Image Search by Size

Learn how to search images in Bing using the built in Size filters.


August 2nd 2013
August 2nd 2013

This page is part of our Bing Image Search series -- when you search for pictures on Bing's Image Search site, the resultant page provides various filters to fine-tune and narrow down your results. These filters are located on the top area of the Search Results page, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.

Search filters let you narrow down results
Figure 1: Search filters let you narrow down results

The first of these search filters is the Size attribute -- you click on the Size option to bring up the menu shown in Figure 2, below.

Bing Images Search by Size Filters
Figure 2: Bing Images Search by Size Filters

Note: Bing's Image Search page changes every day -- and the screenshots and techniques on this page are current at the time of writing. Even if there are some changes, basic concepts explained on this page should be the same.

Bing's Image Search by Size filters allow you to search pictures of various resolutions. Essentially, there are 5 Size options -- and descriptions mentioned below for these options are not set in stone -- rather these are guidelines:

  • All: Allows you to search all resolutions available for the search term you have entered -- this is the default option chosen for you and delivers results that contain pictures of all sizes -- from tiny thumbnails to high definition pictures.

  • Small: Limit your results to mostly thumbnail sized pictures with resolutions having a width below 200 pixels.

  • Medium: Returns pictures with a width of more than 200 pixels, yet still lower than 500 pixels.

  • Large: Displays pictures with a width of more than 500 pixels.

  • Wallpaper: Shows pictures that are fit to be used as desktop wallpapers -- these are typically pictures that have a width of at least 1000 pixels. Additionally, most pictures that display with this filter applied have resolution aspect ratios of 4:3 or 16:9 although there may be some exceptions. Also all results have a landscape rather than a portrait orientation.

With the help of these filters, it's easy for you to find accurately sized pictures that fulfill your requirements.

When you see the search results in the form of thumbnails, you can essenrially hover your cursor over any of these thumbnails to access some extra options, as shown in Figure 3, below.
Extra options for each search result
Figure 3: Extra options for each search result

These options are explained below:

  1. In the small overlay window that shows up almost like a tool tip, you can see attributes of the picture such as a description, resolution, file size and type, and the source URL (see Figure 3, again)

  2. The first option, pointed in red within Figure 3, above indicates More Sizes -- click on this option to open a page with the same picture available within Bing's index -- but in various sizes and from different sources (see Figure 4, below).

    More sizes
    Figure 4: More sizes

  3. The second option, pointed in blue within Figure 3 lets you mark a picture as suitable only for adults. When you click this option, you see a small window that lets you Report an image (see Figure 5). You can then not only mark the picture as suitable for Adults or Offensive -- but you can also suggest that this particular picture is Not Relevant. This will alert someone at Bing to look into removing or retaining that picture within the results page for a given keyword. You can select one or more options, and click the Submit button.

    Report an image
    Figure 5: Report an image

Remember though that all pictures you find may not be suitable for use in your presentation slides or other projects -- learn how you can find pictures that are allowed to be used in our Bing Image Search by License tutorial.

In the next part of this Bing Image Search series, explore Bing Images Search by Color.


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