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Search Basics
Using the Search Bar
To search for something:
  1. Click the search bar at the top of any page on Facebook.
  2. Enter what you're looking for and choose from the results.
When typing something, you may see predictions for what you're looking for. If you see what you're looking for in these predictions, click it to save time searching.
To filter your search results:
  1. Type something into the search bar at the top of any Facebook page or select a search prediction.
  2. Click a filter at the top (ex: People, Photos) to narrow your search.
To use keywords in search:
Search supports keyword searches to help you find what you're looking for on Facebook. When you start searching with keywords (ex: Caroline wedding or cookie recipe Lisa) you'll see results that you can filter.
You can also select one of the predicted searches to see a full list of search options for that prediction.
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You can search for people, posts, photos, videos, places, Pages, Groups, apps, links and events on Facebook. Start searching with keywords (example: Caroline wedding) and you'll see a list of results that you can filter. If you need some ideas, you can try some of these searches:
  • John Smith Chicago pizza
  • Cookie recipe Lisa
  • Hawaii hotel
You can also combine phrases together, or add things like locations, times, likes and interests to get more specific (ex: friends who live in San Francisco).
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You can search for posts that have been shared with you on Facebook. Start by searching for words or people you remember from the post. If you need some ideas, you can try some of these searches:
  • Awesome movie Lisa
  • James epic vacation
  • Funny graduation dance
Keep in mind search results respect your privacy settings, whether it's info you’ve shared or posts with tags of you that others have shared. Learn more about adjusting who can see your posts.
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No, the list that appears when you enter something in the search bar isn't your search history. It's a list of relevant predicted results for your search query based on popular searches on Facebook, commonly known as search predictions.
However, if you click on the search bar without typing anything, you'll see a list of your past search results. You can view all your past search queries in your activity log. You can also clear your recent searches.
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This feature is available to people using Facebook in English on a computer or a smart phone or tablet.
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Search Results
Facebook search respects privacy settings, which means people can search for info about you that they can see on Facebook, based on what's been shared with them.
There's 3 ways you can manage what others may see about you:
  • Use the audience selector to choose who can see things you share.
  • Go to the About page on your profile to view and manage basic info about yourself.
Keep in mind that your privacy choices determine what your friends see when they search. For example, any posts that you've shared with your friends can only be found by them.
Learn more about what other people can see when they search for you in privacy basics.
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You see unique search results based on:
  • Your connections to people, places, things.
  • What you're able to see on Facebook, including what your friends share with you.
  • Your friends, connections and interests, which affect the order of your results.
  • People's privacy settings. For example, if you search "photo Paris," you may see photos your friends took and shared with you first.
You may see results from people you're not friends with because you're part of the audience for the post. Keep in mind that public posts can be seen by anyone, including people outside of Facebook.
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