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Search Engines by Search Features

Last updated Mar. 31, 2008.

Compare the search engines by their features. This page lists search features and the search engines that support them. Click on the search engine name for a link to that section of its reviews. See the Search Engine Feature Chart for a tabular presentation of search engines and their search features.

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Listed Features:
Defaults - Boolean - Proximity - Truncation - Case - Fields - Limits -File Types - Stop Words - Sorting - Family Filters

Defaults:
Default AND: Ask, Exalead, Gigablast, Google, Live Search, Yahoo! Search
Default OR: None

Boolean Capabilities and Constraints:
AND, OR, nesting: Exalead, Gigablast, Live Search, Yahoo! Search
NOT: Exalead, Live Search, Yahoo! Search
AND NOT: Gigablast, Yahoo! Search
OR and - only: Ask, Google
Operators must be in UPPER CASE: All
Dash - for NOT: Ask, Exalead, Gigablast, Google, Live Search, Yahoo! Search

Proximity
Phrase Search: Ask, Exalead, Gigablast, Google, Live Search, Yahoo! Search
NEAR: Exalead
NEAR/#: Exalead (replace # with a number to specific distance of proximity)
Truncation & Stemming:
Truncation: Exalead
Wildcard Word within a Phrase: Google, Yahoo! Search
Beginning Truncation: None (HotBot used to, but not as of Sept. 2002; NBCi, iWon, & Anzwers all used to, but all were defunct as of Fall 2000)
Case Sensitivity:
Yes: No search engine supports case sensitive searching any longer
No: Ask, Exalead, Gigablast, Google, Live Search, Yahoo!

Field searching: For more details on title searching, see the Title Searching Showdown Page
title: Gigablast, Live Search, Yahoo!
intitle: Ask, Exalead, Google, Live Search, Yahoo!
allintitle: Google
 
url: Gigablast, Yahoo!
inurl: Ask, Exalead, Google, Yahoo!
allinurl: Google
 
link: Exalead, Gigablast, Google, Yahoo!
 
domain: Live Search
site: Ask, Exalead, Gigablast, Google, Live Search, Yahoo!
 
filetype: Ask, Exalead, Google, Live Search
originurlextension: Yahoo!
type: Gigablast
 
ip: Gigablast
language: Exalead, Live Search
related: Google
others: Gigablast, Google, Live Search, Yahoo!
Limits:
Date (User Specified): Ask
Date (Specific Choices): Ask, Google, Live Search
Domain: Ask, Gigablast, Google, Live Search
Containing a media type: Live Search
Document Directory Depth: Live Search
Page Depth: Gone. Formerly at HotBot

File Types:
PDFs: Gigablast, Google, Live Search, Yahoo!
MS Word (.doc): Gigablast, Google, Live Search, Yahoo!
PowerPoint (.ppt): Gigablast, Google, Live Search, Yahoo!
Excel (.xls): Gigablast, Google, Live Search, Yahoo!
PostScript (.ps): Gigablast, Google, Yahoo! (using originurlextension:)
Stop Words:
No Stop Words (all words searched): Ask (if + used), Google (if + used or in phrase), Gigablast
Common words not searched (stop words): Google (if + not used or not in a phrase), Live Search, Ask (if + not used or not in a phrase), 
Stop words only if searched alone: Live Search
Stop words searchable with +: Ask, Google

Sorting:
Sort by relevance scores: All
Clustering by site: Ask, Google, Gigablast,
Sort by date: None Gigablast (used to, no longer available as of Oct. 2003)
Sort by size: Openfind (defunct)

Family Filters:
Gigablast
Google SafeSearch (available on the preferences page), is on by default for image searching
Live Search has a filter on by default with no way to turn it off
Yahoo! Search