I want to search for several related tags at once. When I type multiple tag-names in the search box, only one gets selected and I have to sift through a horde of non-pertinent questions.

E.g. 1: I want to find all questions where 'java' AND 'netbeans' AND 'tomcat' all are defined per question.

E.g. 2: (this may be a bit much to hope for) I want to find all questions where 'java' AND 'netbeans' BUT_NOT 'tomcat' is defined.

Alternatively, is there a way to search through the previous search results?

Is this possible?

2 Answers 2


Indeed it is possible. This brings up all questions tagged with all three:

search: [java] [netbeans] [tomcat]

This brings up all questions tagged with [java] and [netbeans] but not [tomcat]:

search: -[tomcat] [java] [netbeans]

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    Thanks - I should have asked this question long ago. Maybe this info should be added to the FAQ?
    – slashmais
    Oct 4, 2009 at 6:51
  • Are you sure Jeff? Or is it just Opera that means that you need to put the minus inside of the square brackets? (Another angel dies.)
    – random
    Oct 4, 2009 at 6:59

random's answer covers your question,
there is one more way to search -- the Google way as described for this question.

If you sift through the 'Related' questions on the right for this question,
there are a lot of other things you can do to search here.

Here is one more reference on additional search features.

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