How To Find Almost Anything On YouTube

I use it for inspiration or to kill an idle hour (which I normally don't have).
I love the variety of user-generated content: different styles, topics and perspectives.
I love it that YouTube is huge.

But with the resource being enormous comes one issue: it is almost impossible to search it efficiently.
And there are no official guides on how to search YouTube to actually find something.

About 2 years ago (maybe more) Google started operating YouTube search, Google Video Search and YouTube search have even identical (advanced) search options. And with Google coming into play, there turns out to be some really tricky and smart ways to search YouTube using
Google search operators

Hundreds of hours of new content uploaded every minute.

Searching through that deluge of video can be harder than searching the entire web.

As an exercise go to https://www.youtube.com/ and type in 'How to Edit PDF File in Word' in the search box or for those that like high powered vehicles 'Rolls Royce merlin powered car'

The search basics

You can't miss the YouTube search box, up there at the top of every page, but you can miss the filters that appear on the results page.

They cover upload time, result type, video duration, and video quality, and they're particularly handy when you want to find the latest clips in a sea of content, set the filters to today or even the last hour if you're looking for a movie trailer that's just launched and trying to avoid all the vlogs from two weeks ago filmed in anticipation of that trailer.

To save a video for later without leaving the results page, open the overflow menu (the three dots) adjacent to your preferred video and add it to your Watch Later playlist.

If you want to see the very freshest content that YouTube has to offer then set the Sort by column (far right) to Upload date, we warn you though that this will serve up a lot of videos of lesser quality for the popular search terms. To see videos that are already a hit on YouTube, use the View count or Rating options.

Under the Features column are filters you can use to find particular types of content, such as 4K videos that are going to look great on your huge television set, or creative commons clips that you can use in your own projects without paying any royalties.

The Duration filter is useful too, whether you have a little or a lot of time to spare watching clips.

Use search operators to narrow things down

As on Google, you can add search operators to your YouTube queries, though they're not widely advertised.

For example, your keywords are normally matched against the title, tags, and description, but if you put "intitle:" in front of them, YouTube only returns matches from the video title.

It is similar to using Google search

Search YouTube outside YouTube

You don't have to do all your YouTube searching inside YouTube.
It's especially unhelpful when searching for older videos.

Youtube-owner Google has a dedicated Videos tab on its results page, but you don't even need to use this if you include "videos" or "YouTube" in the original search terms.

Get creative with your search terms and you can quickly turn up some hidden video gems.

You've also got access to all the usual Google search features, like the option to limit results by date under the Tools menu, or the advanced search pane available under Settings, which includes geographical limits amongst other options. As on YouTube itself, you can include and exclude search terms with a plus or a minus.

And now for something completely different

Bing is actually better at finding YouTube videos.

Type in your search terms and then hit the Videos tab.
The interface is an improvement on what Google offers. You can see related searches along the top of the screen, and you can quickly save results you're interested in to check back in on later.

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