Bing Makes it Easier to Find Images You Can Use

Google may rule the search world — after all we do not “search” for things, we “Google” them, but despite becoming a verb, the Mountain View-based internet giant is not the only game in town. Yahoo and Ask, to name just two, compete in the market, but Bing, Microsoft’s player in this game, is the second, though lesser, giant on this playing field.

Now the company rolls out a new feature to its Bing image search, and it is one sure to appeal to many customers for various reasons — regardless if you are a blogger looking for the right image for your post or if you are a business person in need of filling space within a PowerPoint presentation.

Good news, as the search engine rolls out a License option to its image search, allowing users to choose between a number of options when attempting to locate the perfect image for use in any manner of fashion.

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To access the new feature there are a few steps that must be followed, but this is a simple enough process for anyone to tag along with, so let’s get started.

For obvious reasons you need to access Bing — hey, I do not want to make this difficult for anyone. Click on images from the menu that resides along the top of the page and try not to be distracted by whatever beautiful photography presents itself on your screen. Type your query and initiate your search.

Once the results present themselves across your screen then it is time to begin whittling this down to exactly what the object of your desire is in this grand chase.

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To do that there is another step that must be followed. This is carried out via a new option that appears on the menu bar that pops up across the top of the screen which displays the image results.

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You will note a new option titled “License” and clicking it produces a dropdown menu that will allow you to choose images from more restricted categories than were previously available. This newest menu option gives choices for everything from Public Domain to Free to Modify, Share and Use Commercially, along with options that fall in between. Simply click your choice and narrow the results accordingly.


This was a long time coming and a feature that Bing should have had many moons ago. But, it is here now and, as the old saying goes, better late than never. It will certainly prove handy for both web and business uses, as well as within the educational environment. So, what are you waiting for? Go try it out now.



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