Windows Phone 8 Tip: Easier Bing Search from IE and Office Documents

This is a cool trick for Windows Phone 8 users that allows you to easily search for highlighted words and phrases via Bing from IE and Office documents.

If you’re a Windows Phone user, there’s a neat way to easily search terms via Bing from more than just Internet Explorer. This tip will allow you to highlight and search terms from other apps using the physical search button on the phone.

Open Internet Explorer and highlight a word or phrase. Then press the physical Search button on the phone. That will open Bing and give you results from the web, images, or videos.

Windows Phone Bing Search

I’ve played around with this in other apps too like Office Mobile 365. For instance, here’s a Word document where I highlighted the word carnivore and then pressed the search button to get results in Bing.

Search from Office Mobile

I’ve been able to get this trick to work in Office Mobile 365, documents in SkyDrive, and of course IE. Try it out for yourself and if you can get other apps to work, leave a comment and let us know.



  1. Kim

    September 30, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Keep the Windows Phone 8 tips coming! I just switched from an Android to a Windows phone and find your tidbits extremely helpful! GroovyPost rules!

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