Advanced search options in Bear
To help you find the right notes when you need them, Bear supports a variety of special search commands, operators, and something we call Special Searches.
Most of these search commands can be combined to further filter your notes for just what you want. For example, a search like
@untagged @attachments recipes or errands will find all notes that are untagged, contain attachments like files or photos, and also contain either
errands as keywords.
Bear has a variety of powerful search tools, tricks, and a feature we call Special Searches.
- You can search for any
- You can search for a #tag excluding its nested tags with
- Exclude a specific tag from search results with
- To search for subtags only search for
Pro Tip: Search for a tag, then create a new note with that tag already applied.
Please Note: Double pound sign tags like numbers
#2021# or dates
#10/04/2021# also need to be wrapped in pound signs in the search field.
Narrow your search results
Bear can further filter your results with tools like phrases, searching for multiple keywords, and excluding terms.
You can search an exact word sequence by enclosing your sentence with two quote characters
". For example:
"John Appleseed was here"
Search for all notes that contain one of two keywords with the
OR option. For example: a search like
recipe or errands will find all notes that contain both of those terms. Yes, you can use it with more than two keywords or phrases.
To exclude specific words from search result, use the minus symbol
-. For example, if you want to search for every recipe without broccoli, you can type:
The minus operator can be also used with quoted sentences or a Special Search. For example:
-"John Appleseed" or
That will search for notes not containing the exact phrase of
John Appleseed or code snippets. Learn more about special searches below.
Bear also comes with some Special Search tokens for filtering your notes. Special Searches, tags, and quoted phrases are highlighted in search results.
- @tagged: shows the notes which have at least one tag
- @untagged: shows the notes without tags
- @today: show the notes modified the current day
- @yesterday: show the notes modified the day before the current
- @lastXdays: show the notes modified the last X days, replace X with any number.
- @images: shows the notes which contain images
- @files: shows the notes which contain files
- @attachments: shows the notes with files or images
- @task: shows the notes which include at least one todo element, either complete or not
- @todo: shows only the notes with not completed todos
- @done: shows only the notes with all the todos completed
- @code: shows the notes which includes at least one code snippet
- @title: Search only in note titles
- @locked: Show locked notes
- @date: show all the notes modified in a specific date, e.g.
- @cdate: show all the notes created in a specific date, e.g.
- Note that for @date and @cdate, there is no space between the command and first parenthesis
These Special Searches can be combined with any search term for more specific results. For example:
@images @todo “bear faq” will search for all the notes that have images, uncompleted todos, and the exact phrase of
@date can be expressed in the ISO8601 format
@date(2018-12-23) or according to your device’s local date format, for example
@date(12/23/2018) in the U.S.A.
Localised Special Searches
Special searches also comes with a localised version for people using a Simplified or Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean or cyrillic input system or keyboard.