How do I Do a Detailed Search for Friends on Facebook?


Facebook had 665 million users as of April 2011 according to Socialbakers, an authority on Facebook statistics. Technology website The Next Web predicts Facebook will top a billion users by 2012. By the time you read this, Facebook could have multiple billions of users. You can do a detailed search of this user base by name, location, school, graduation year and workplace using the search box at the top of the screen while signed into Facebook.

Things You'll Need

  • Facebook account
  • Log into your Facebook account with your email and password.

  • Type the first and last name of a person you know in the search bar at the top of the page, then click "See more results..." at the bottom of the drop-down menu that appears.

  • Click "People" in the left-hand menu to narrow the results to just people (rather than Pages, Apps and so on).

  • Click "Add another filter" under the button that reads "Location." Another button that reads "Education" appears. Click "Add another filter" once more to display a button that reads "Workplace." This expands all options for running a detailed search for friends on Facebook.

  • Type a city or region in the box next to "Location" and press "Enter" to refine the results by location. Alternately you can click a city or region from the drop-down prediction menu that appears when you start typing.

  • Type a school name and/or class year next to "Education" to further refine the results by school. Again, you either can click a school from the drop-down prediction menu that appears when you start typing, or press "Enter." Additionally, you may select the class year from the drop-down box directly to the right.

  • Type a company name next to "Workplace" to further refine the results by workplace. You either can click a company name that appears or press "Enter."

  • Delete the location, school or workplace you typed in the boxes to broaden the results again.

  • Edit your search as needed until you see the person you are searching for. If your friend does not appear in the results, he is not on Facebook, uses an alias or has chosen not to be searchable on Facebook.

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