These steps come from Craig Lussier.

URL convention

The URL convention for filtering by multiple tags is as follows:[tag1]/[tag2]/[tag3]/default.aspx

Where you replace [tag1], etc, with the URL encoded value for the tag.

The previous recommendation used to be to use the following URL for tag seaches:[tag1]/[tag2]/[tag3]/default.aspx <=== Do NOT use this form

This short form (without the string "/contents/articles") will produce results, but it has been discovered that the results are incomplete. Not all articles with the tags are found. It appears that 2 or 3 articles per page are missing.

Bugreport on short form

This bug has been reported here:


  • Currently there is no known limit for the number of tags you can use. (So you can filter with a lot more than three tags.)
  • Use the plus symbol ("+") in the URL to designate a space.
  • Use "_2D00_" in the URL to designate a dash ("-").
  • Use the dash symbol ("-") to designate a period (".").
  • This gives you an "And" filter, meaning that each time you add a tag, you narrow your results.
  • There is currently no known solution for "Or" and "Not" filters in using this method.



Example 1: I want to see all the Portuguese articles about SQL Server.

 So that means if I want only articles that contain the "pt-BR" and "SQL Server" tags, then I use this URL:

Note the following symbol changes:

  • A dash should be changed to "_2D00_" instead.
  • A space should be changed to a "+" instead.
  • A period should be changed to a "-" instead.

Example 2: I want all the SharePoint articles written in English.

That means I use the "en-US" and "SharePoint" tags:

Example 3: I want all the articles that are about PowerPivot, Excel, and are known issues.

That means I use the "PowerPivot", "Excel", and "Known Issues" tags:  

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