Finding the right photo in a large library can be daunting and time-consuming. Mylio Photos’ search modifiers can help you locate specific photos by narrowing down the search results.
When a single word, such as
sunset is entered into the search field, the results will display any media that contains exactly that word in the filename, caption, title, or keywords. It also searches named people and words found by optical character recognition (OCR).
Using Search Modifiers
You can make your search more specific by using search modifiers. The most commonly used are
“ ” and
( ). They can be used in a number of ways and combinations to indicate what you want to be included or excluded in your search.
AND – Finds results that have both words. For example:
sunset and beach will find photos that have both the words sunset and beach in the filename, caption, title, keywords, people, or using OCR text recognition.
OR – Finds results that have either word. For example:
sunset or beach will find photos that have either the words sunset or beach in the filename, caption, title, keywords, people, or using OCR text recognition.
IN – Specifies searching within places, folders, or albums. For example,
sunset in California will find photos that contain the word “sunset” where the photo is geotagged in California (place), or the photo is part of a folder or album named California.
NOT – Excludes words from search results. For example,
sunset not beach will find photos with the word sunset that DO NOT have the word beach.
“ “ – Quotation marks can be used to search for an exact phrase. For example, a search for
sunset beach will look for the individual words sunset and beach. A search for
“sunset beach” will search for the phrase as entered between the quotation marks.
Combining modifiers can make for very powerful searches and help you find exactly the photo you’re looking for. For example, entering
Sarah and Madelaine in Alaska will return photos where both Sarah and Madeline are in the photo, and the photo is geotagged with a location in Alaska. You can try this specific search yourself if you have the Sample Library installed.
These modifiers are the most common search expressions in Mylio Photos. Click here to learn about advanced search expressions.