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Use the full version of Bing

While we’re waiting in Australia for all the features of Bing to come our way, here’s how you can use the full version (United States – English) by going to www.bing.com/worldwide.aspx.

1. Use the full version of Bing

If you are using Bing outside North America, chances are that you seeing a localized version of Bing that may be missing some features. For instance, the Indian version of Bing.com doesn’t have search history and the image on the Bing home page here is not interactive as in the US version.

To explore the full version of Bing, go to this page and set English – US as your default region. You can now enjoy all the Bing features from anywhere

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Once you’ve got the US version up, notice the nav tabs on the left. Let your mouse hover over different parts of the image to find the hotspots that give more information about the location depicted. 

Hat tip to Digital Inspiration at http://www.labnol.org/internet/bing-tips/8931/.

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Aussies can Bing a search

In Australia, we can now Bing (www.bing.com) our searches.

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At the time of writing, we Aussies are missing the left-hand pane to refine searches (these items are still above the search text input box). Compare with the US version:

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Give Bing a try (it’s faaaasssstttt….). Start by searching your name :).

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Live image search – facial recognition, b&w, portrait

You can now search for images using three new filters:
 

For the time being, we ve got to manually enter the filter: bit of the search but apparently that’s going to change.

When you’ve done a search, remember to look over on the right-hand side to the list of people related to your search. You can spend a fair amount of time cross-searching…Surprised

See Dare’s post and the Live Search team’s post for more info.

Live Search Books now available

Live Search has expanded to Live Search Books (http://books.live.com) so you can now search books (mostly out-of-copyright ones) in various libraries around the world. Libraries currently searched are:

  • Cornell University
  • The American Museum of Veterinary Medicine
  • The British Library
  • The New York Public Library
  • The University of California
  • The University of Toronto

Others will be added lately.

Once the Welcome to Live Search Books banner appears, type a book name or word/phrase in the search box and click the search button. The page opens into two panes – on the left are results and a click on any of these opens the books’ corresponding page in the right-hand side pane.

Once you’ve chosen a book from the results list, most often you’ll be given the option to download the complete book (in PDF format so you can view it with Adobe’s Reader or the much more compact PDF Foxit Reader).

Footnote: if books.live.com doesn’t bring up the Live Search Books site, try this link.

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Put a Live Search box on your own site

The Live Search team announced the other day that we webmasters can add a Windows Live Search box to our own site. It’s easy to do – there’s a basic version and an advanced version, the latter allowing visitors to your site to either search your site or search the web. As well, you can add your own search macros if you want.

For more info, see the Live Search Siteowner pages.

webDotWiz will write up more help on the webDotWizards space when time allows because all the webDotWizard webmasters will be shown how to add the advanced version to their sites.

This is what the advanced search box looks like when a user wants to search webDotWiz Online:

Try this – Live search

1. Go to http://www.google.com/ (just click the link to open a new browser window)

2. Type in "search" (without the quotes)

3. Click the "I’m Feeling Lucky" button.

via Nigel Parker.

(Also posted on Living on Waranga Basin)

 

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Search macros speed up your searching

You want to search the web for some video games. Normally you’d go to your search page, say Live Search (search.live.com), and type in "video games" (using quote marks tells the search engine we’re looking for both words together on web pages), and sit back while a few million results are returned – then you’ve got to lo plough your way through pages and pages of results hoping you’ll find what you want.

Wouldn’t it be easier if you could search the main video games sites and peruse the results?

You could achieve this by clicking on More on the toolbar in Live Search and create your own macro to carry out the job. To save you time, the Live Gallery has plenty of macros, including one to search for video games.

There’s a video games one on this Live Gallery page. Notice all the sites that it’s going to search (the main ones on the Net that talk about video games), omitting any forums it comes across.

Try this video games macro by clicking on the Add to Live.com button.

After you see how this one returns its search results, choose a macro that fits in better with your interests.

Live search is now… yep, you guessed it… live

Several Windows Live services have moved from beta/trial version to full release version – Live Search (search.live.com) is one of them.

Firstly, search.live.com is just one way to get to Live Search. You also have the choice of going to your personalised Live.com page (www.live.com) and choosing Search only from the top right corner. Alternatively, if you’ve finished searching and you want to get to your Live.com page, choose Personalised page.

On search.live.com you can choose to search the web, search for images or news or do a local search.

The fun searches are for Images and Local map/directions searching – just click the appropriate button to make you choice before clicking the search button.

Once your result page opens, you’ll see more choices – Videos, More (Academic search and search macros – more on the latter in a couple of days), and sometimes QnA to see whether other people have answered a query similar to what you’re searching on.

Try an images search on Tom Hanks. You can adjust the slider to view larger/smaller sized images, or use the drop down list to only look at images of a certain size. Somewhere’s there’s supposed to be a scratchpad but webDotWiz hasn’t found it yet – . Hover your mouse over any image to get a better look – very neat.

And you’ve noticed that Windows Live Search is now simply called Live Search –

Windows Desktop Search version 2.6.5

Windows Desktop Search (WDS) has been updated to version 2.6.5. If you’re running IE7 beta 2 preview, installing WDS will require the removal of MSN Search Toolbar. However, you’re then able to install the Windows Live Toolbar which is a refinement of the MSN Search toolbar. Live Toolbar has the phishing filter, the same links to mail (Hotmail or Windows Live Mail) and Spaces. As well Live toolbar has the Onfolio tool to save text and site addresses which you want to refer to later for research purposes. There is also a direct link to Live Local, the mapping service.

Search Preview Add-in for MSN Search Toolbar

Another add-in for your MSN Search toolbar and one that webDotWiz will make use of.
 
The Search Preview Add-in adds a thumbnail of the site alongside each search result. Roll your mouse over the thumbail to get an enlarged view of the web page.
 
You can download the trial version from the MSN Search Toolbar add-ins page.