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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 recipes or errands as keywords.

Search operators

Bear has a variety of powerful search tools, tricks, and a feature we call Special Searches.


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"

Multiple keywords

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:

recipes -broccoli

The minus operator can be also used with quoted sentences or a Special Search. For example:

-"John Appleseed" or -@code

That will search for notes not containing the exact phrase of John Appleseed or code snippets. Learn more about special searches below.

Special Searches

Bear also comes with some Special Search tokens for filtering your notes. Special Searches, tags, and quoted phrases are highlighted in search results.

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 bear faq.

Dates for @cdate and @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.

简化字 正體字 日本語 한국어 кириллица
@tagged @有标签 @有標籤 @タグ付き @태그있음 @теги
@untagged @无标签 @無標籤 @タグなし @태그없음 @безтегов
@today @今天 @今天 @今日 @오늘 @сегодня
@yesterday @昨天 @昨天 @昨日 @어제 @вчера
@last10days @前十天 @過去十天 @過去10日間 @과거10일 @посл10дн
@images @图片 @影像 @画像 @이미지 @изображения
@files @文件 @檔案 @ファイル @파일 @файлы
@attachments @附件 @附件 @添付ファイル @첨부파일 @вложения
@task @任务 @任務 @タスク @작업 @задача
@todo @待办 @待辦事項 @ToDo @해야할일 @дело
@done @完成 @完成 @完了 @완료 @сделано
@code @代码 @程式碼 @コード @코드 @код
@locked @已加密 @已鎖定 @ロック @잠긴항목 @Залокировано
@title @标题 @標題 @タイトル @제목 @заголовок
@date(...) @日期(20180915) @日期(20180915) @日付(2018-09-15) @날짜(2018-09-15) @дата(2018-09-15)
@cdate(...) @创建日期(20180915) @創建日期(20180915) @作成日(2018-09-15) @생성일(2018-09-15) @сдата(2018-09-15)
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