How to do an advanced search on Facebook

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How to do an advanced search on Facebook
Facebook's advanced search tools make it easier to find what you're after. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The search box at the top of every Facebook page is designed to be straightforward to use -- type out your query and up pops the person, page or place you were looking for. However there's plenty of advanced functionality hidden away behind this simple tool and you can add filters and other keywords to your searches to narrow down the list of results.

The advanced search screen

Type out your query in the search box on the Facebook toolbar then click the "See more results" link at the bottom of the drop-down list to access Facebook's advanced search tools. Down the left of the screen you'll find options for filtering the results to match a particular type of content, and each filter has its own settings for tweaking your search further. Click the "All results" link to see a summary of matches spread across all the different types of content available on Facebook.

People search

Click the "People" icon to restrict the search results to people on Facebook. A new filter box appears on screen enabling you to narrow down the results based on location, education or workplace (use the drop-down menu to make your choice). Multiple filters can be combined together if required, and the Education option also enables you to specify a particular year (if you want to reconnect with someone from your school or University for example). The list of search results is updated automatically as you make changes to the filters.

Searching posts

You can run a query on recent posts from your friends ("Posts by friends") or recent public posts by anyone on Facebook ("Public posts"), as well as posts in groups that you're currently a member of ("Posts in groups"). Scroll down the page to see older results. You can like or add comments to any post from the search results screen, or share the post on your own Timeline. To jump to the specific URL for any post, click on the timestamp. You can add more keywords in the search box at the top, but it is not possible to exclude particular words from your queries.

Other searches

Click "Pages" to look for matches across all of the company and brand pages created on Facebook, or select "Places" to look for pages associated with a particular venue (add a city or town name in the search box to limit the results). Other entries enable you to look for groups and events that aren't set to private, as well as Facebook apps and music being played over the Facebook network. Select "Web results" to see a list of matches from the Web at large generated by Microsoft's Bing search engine.

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