How to use Boolean in Canvs

Canvs supports all common Boolean operators when making searches. 
The following breaks down how to best use these common operators, as well as those specific to Canvs.




OR is used to expand a search or widen its scope. Use OR to string together multiple words or phrases, and Canvs will return all results that match any of the terms that are included in the search. Make sure “OR” is in all-caps as “or” (lowercase) will not operate.

Example: Cats OR Dogs returns all Reactions containing the words “Cats” or “Dogs.”

Pro Tip: Include any possible misspellings or iterations of your key terms to get a more accurate return of your search (e.g., Christmas OR Xmas OR X-mas).


AND is used to narrow a search. The more AND operators used, the narrower the search will become. Make sure “AND” is capitalized as “and” (lowercase) will not operate.

Example: Cats AND Dogs returns Reactions that contain both the words “Cats” and “Dogs.” Cats AND Dogs AND Goldfish would return narrower results.

(Minus Sign)

The minus sign is used to exclude a term from search results. Some other programs use the operator NOT, but Canvs uses the minus sign.

Example: -Dogs will return all Reactions except ones that contain the word “Dogs.” This Boolean operation can be used within more complex searches (e.g., Puppies AND -Dogs).

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(Quotation Marks)

Quotation marks allow you to search for multiple words (a string) in strict succession.

Example: “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” returns all Reactions that contain the same, explicit phrase.

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Parenthesis work just like they do in math: They determine the order of operations of a search. Parenthesis help you create complex Boolean strings that use multiple operators.

Example: (Cats OR Kittens OR Kitties) AND (Dogs OR Puppies OR Pups) will return all Reactions that contain any of the words from the first parenthesis and any of the words from the second parenthesis.

Boolean Operators

These are operators that are not universal to all Boolean platforms. They are supported in Canvs and may be supported in other software.



The asterisk is the “wild card.” It lets you perform “fuzzy searches” in Canvs. Add it to the beginning or the end of a word (or both), and it will find any permutation of words that start or end with your search. The following examples will help clarify the asterisk’s functionality:

Example: #* will find anything that starts with “#” and ends with any string of text until it recognizes a space, which would essentially be any and all hashtags in a Canvs dataset (e.g., #Emmys, #ilovecoffee, #cantgetenoughofempire, etc.). 

Example: Dog* will return any word or conjoined phrase that starts with “Dog” (e.g., Dog, Dogs, DogsAreTheBestAnimals, Dogma, Dogmatic, etc.).

Pro Tip: This search operator can be used to great effect to find complex hashtags, but may return extraneous results (e.g., #DemiLovato* would return #DemiLovato, #DemiLovatoIsMyQueen, #DemiLovatoReigns, #DemiLovatoSlays, etc). 

Example: *demi* would return ilovedemilovato, demined, #demidemidemi, ineedtodemistmycarwindow, etc.


This operator returns all Reactions from a specific Twitter account. user: must be lowercase, and the user’s Twitter handle needs to be placed in quotation marks. You can use this to find conversation from your biggest fans, or even gather a selection of your audience and run a search in Explore to see what other shows they are Reacting to.

Example: user:“@JaneSmith” OR user:“@VH1” will return all Reactions sent from either @JaneSmith’s account or the @VH1 owned channel account.


An important note regarding Hashtags and @ handles: In some tools, searching “Dogs” will return Dogs, #Dogs, and @Dogs, but Canvs requires you to specify hashtags, and @ handles in your searches.

Example: "Jane Smith" OR @JaneSmith OR #JaneSmith*