I'm aware that if I want to search for a tag, I just type "[~~~]" in the search bar (just replace the tildes with the tag you want). But what if I want to include other things with it? How would the Boolean operators AND or OR fit with the tag?

For example, if I want to search for all posts with the windows-8 tag that contain the word explorer, would I have to type "[windows-8] AND explorer" or could I just type "[windows-8] explorer"?

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The OR operator is used combine the results from searching multiple tags.

There does not appear to be an AND operator.

[windows-8] and explorer gives 1054 results for SuperUser.

[windows-8] explorer gives 1295 results.

How do I search?

If you need to refine and narrow your search, here are some basic tips:

To search within specific tag(s), enter them in square brackets: [maintenance] seat searches for mentions of "seat" within the [maintenance] tag.


OR operator

To combine results from multiple tags, separate the tag names (enclosed in square brackets) with the word "or": [widgets] or [geegaws] returns questions tagged with either tag.

  • Yeah, haha, I know what the OR operator is for; I just used the example I gave as that: an example. Jul 30, 2015 at 18:38
  • And really? No AND operator? Jul 30, 2015 at 18:38
  • So [windows-8] explorer is indeed just the equivalent of the AND operator? It would do the same? Jul 30, 2015 at 18:40
  • Also, am I misunderstanding the exerpt you included, or does the OR tag not require all caps like, say, a Google search would? Jul 30, 2015 at 18:41
  • No. or is fine ;)
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Jul 30, 2015 at 18:45
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    [windows-8] explorer is not the same as including and. See the answer. Number of results is different. It look like including and means the literal word and not an AND operator.
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Jul 30, 2015 at 18:46
  • meta.stackexchange.com/questions/22388/…
    – random Mod
    Jul 30, 2015 at 19:58

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