Say I have selected 3 tags on Stack Overflow: , , . I want to remove the tag from the general search. What do I do?

Note: not while creating a question, but searching for questions.

  • why not just click on the question tag then click the x by python to remove the tag, click on question tab, and when done add the python tag back?
    – sdjuan
    Dec 28, 2012 at 19:31
  • you... don't... type... them? There's either a misunderstanding or a miscommunication happening here. What exactly are you doing to "select tags" when you search?
    – Colleen
    Dec 28, 2012 at 19:32
  • Do you want something like (php OR java) AND NOT python?
    – gen_Eric
    Dec 28, 2012 at 19:33
  • I was overlooking the search textbox. Selecting a tag was actually adding it to the text. But, I am also wondering if @"Rocket Hazmat" mentioned is possible.
    – somedev
    Dec 28, 2012 at 19:42
  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Whoever added the little 'x' next to the tags. It is now easier to delete the tag from the search.
    – somedev
    Feb 4, 2013 at 19:35

1 Answer 1


Add a minus before the tag

[php] -[python] [java] some_search_term

to search for questions tagged with and but not with .

It is the same as with normal search terms (general search options)

  • You mean in the search text?
    – somedev
    Dec 28, 2012 at 19:39
  • Yes, in the search box.
    – juergen d
    Dec 28, 2012 at 19:40

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