Advanced search: is any equivalent to "Pink Floyd" instead of Pink Floyd


Is any way to search for an specific phrase? Suppose that I have papers about color pink, some about Floyd and some few about Pink Floyd.

Now, if I search for Pink Floyd OR “Pink Floyd” the search retrieves all the papers. Desired outcome: retrieve only those who have “Pink Floyd”.

Thanks in advance!


The search progressively filters your papers as you keep typing. We only include results that match on all the search terms, so your “color pink” papers would also have to have the word “Floyd” in the title, abstract, etc. in order to be included in a search for “Pink Floyd”.

That said, you cannot search for a specific ordering of words, so you would receive all results which include those two words. One of our main goals with search in Paperpile is to have it be very fast and one result of this is that we do not have advanced search features such as phrases and Boolean operators.

You can restrict searches by first selecting a folder, label, and/or filter. This is the best approach if you find that the size of your library is affecting the accuracy of your search results.


Replying to this to try to revive the discussion around “advanced” search operators. I view such operators as basic, and necessary, features of efficient search.

As my library has grown, the frustrations of being limited to progressive search combined with tag- or folder-clicking have ballooned. For instance, scrolling down to search for and then select a label, and then scrolling back up to type a progressive search query, is largely a waste of time. It gets worse if we want to select a group of tags or conduct more advanced searches.

Something like the following would be preferable: "pink floyd" (label:band OR label:music). Targeting article metadata by field would also be helpful.

To me, the goal of search is to produce a set of returns that are relevant to a specific query. I really don’t think the progressive search achieves this goal very well. Plus, anything to reduce point-and-click!