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Bing Detailed User Guide

Bing is one of the hot topics since its launch last week and it is now open to public. We have already covered on how to add Bing Search connector to Windows 7. Bing is defined as the decision engine rather than a normal search engine. This article is aimed at getting the best out of Bing search and we are discussing almost all features available in Bing presently. Currently not all features are available outside US, so incase you want to get the complete features navigate to this page and select United States – English as your location.

1. Bing Search

Home Page Bing

There are different tabs available in the home page like images, videos, shopping, maps etc on the left hand side (this might be on top for regional pages). In the search result, against each page, there is a hover item on the right side which gives more information about the page available in the result.

Hover Result

On the left hand side of the search, you can actually see the news search, related searches and also the search history. Search history is one good feature by which you can track all your search keywords. You can also turn off this feature in preferences.

Related searches

2. Advanced Search

Apart from this, there is also advanced search which can be done for a domain, language and country.

Advanced search

3. Image Search

Image search in Bing is also improved and has some good features. To do image search, click on the Images link and enter the keyword. You can filter the search result based on Size, Layout, Color, Style and People.

Image Search

4. Video Search

Similar to image search, video search is also improved. The left hand panel on video search can be used to filter videos based on length, screen size, resolution and source. When you hover over any video, it plays the videos inside the search itself. With this feature you can actually view the video even if the video site is blocked or not available in your region.

Video Search

5. Save and Share Search

Save & share is another good feature in Bing, but its optional and you must opt-in to use it. Currently only users with Microsoft Silverlight have access to this feature. With this feature, you can save your search results to Windows Live Skydrive or share with Facebook friends or email.

Save and Search

Apart from these features, you can customize the search result in preferences and also set up your cashback account. This can be accessed using the extras link on the top right hand corner.

Extras

6. RSS feeds

If you want to get the RSS feed of any search result, there is actually no direct way to get it, but you can subscribe to the RSS feed of any search by appending &format=rss to the search result URL.

7. Bing Shopping

Bing Shopping allows you to decide on the best available offer for any products. The shopping search shows the best prices along with the Cash back offer available on the products.

Shopping

8. Bing Travel

Bing Travel search will help you to find the cheapest air tickets and also hotel accommodations.

Best airfare deals

Finally you can also join Bing Community and have communications and discussions with other members of the community. You can also access different blog related to Bing communities.

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at nirmal@nirmaltv.com. You can find Nirmal on , and .

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Fasil

    June 1, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Nice work to get hands on experience with BING.com

  2. Chetan

    June 2, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I am receiving traffic from bing, i think it will compete Google !!

  3. vbb

    June 7, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Direct RSS subscription is available if you search for News for any term.
    Further “&format=rss” doesn’t seem to work.

    http://technukkad.com/internet/11-features-tips-tricks-of-bing/332.html

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  9. Mittakrish

    June 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks for the info.
    It will help Bing users a lot!

  10. Lee Kingdon

    September 3, 2010 at 3:04 am

    How can I email or print out a Bing mapand directions.

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