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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
For those of us in the search industry, it's easy to forget sometimes that the average user may be unaware of the advanced search preferences that are available with the major search engines. So we thought that we would take a look at Yahoo and the advanced search preferences that they offer. With Yahoo advanced search preferences, users can change the way the Yahoo results appear when using the Yahoo Search Engine.

In order to access the preferences, you simple click on the "Options" drop down located to the right of the bar in Yahoo.

Yahoo Search Preferences
Clicking on "Preferences" will allow you to change your current search preferences to the computer that you are currently on. If you would like to save your search preferences universally, you can sign in with your Yahoo account and save your preferences to your Yahoo ID.

Once you are in the search preferences you can:
  1. Change the Search Assist Frequency - by default it is set to "more". The other options available include Always, Less - which shows search suggestions when your typing pauses or Never.

  2. Edit Enhanced Results - Want to control your blended search results in Yahoo? This is one way of doing that as you can edit things such as whether you want video, images or Travel information to be displayed from Yahoo properties such as Flickr or Yahoo Travel. By default all of these enhancements are selected.

  3. Edit Safe Search Settings - For those with children, you can use this to filter out adult video and image search results.

  4. Create Alerts for Potentially Harmful Websites - through Search Scan which is powered by McAfee, you can create alerts that flags whether a site may be potentially harmful if you visit it. The default setting is set to "Alert me to websites indicated as potentially harmful". This is a new feature that Yahoo has been beta testing over recent weeks.

  5. Edit Your Language Settings - you can restrict the language of pages that you view. Language preferences are currently unavailable for Yahoo! Image and Video Search. The default is set to "Search pages written in ANY language".

  6. Edit Display and Layout - This is where you can change the number of web results that are displayed when you perform a search in Yahoo. The default is set to 10 but you can change this to be 15,20,30,40 or 100 results. This feature also allows you to check the "Show More from this site link" which is similar to Google Sitelinks. This option is left unchecked by default. You can also determine if you would like the search results opened in a new window once you click on them.

  7. View Enhanced Content - a new feature offered is the ability to check off subscriptions to premium based content such as Consumer Reports, Factiva, Forrester Research, FT.com (60 days), LexisNexis, TheStreet.com and Wall Street Journal (30 days). Of course for some of these resiurces you may need to pay for the subscription.

  8. Edit Multimedia Search Settings - allows you to adjust settings specific to Image, Video, and Audio search. Currently when you click on this preference you are presented with a number of Audio Search options from AudioLunchbox to iTunes, to Wippit. The default setting for this preference is set to "None".
There is also an option in Yahoo to edit your needs for your current search. Clicking on "Advanced Search" from the Options drop down allows you to modify your current search query. If you haven't modified your search settings in Yahoo, give it a try. Experiment with what works for you and edit your settings accordingly.

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