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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Google Search Tips 

Found some helpful tips for using Google to search. Knew to use quotes to search for exact phrases ("Philadelphia Eagles"). But didn't know:

  • Use OR in all caps to search for either of two terms. ("Lincoln Financial Field" OR "The Linc.")Use a minus sign to exclude a term. (Ford -Gerald, if you're looking for a car.)
  • Use a plus sign to include a term Google would otherwise exclude. (+the king +of France.)
  • Repeat a word you want to appear multiple times. (Eagles McNabb McNabb McNabb, to bring up articles or sites about the QB, skip those roster lists.)
  • Use two periods to get Google to search a range. (scanners $50..100, to search a price range.)
  • Use a tilde to ask Google to try synonyms (~large olives.)
  • Use an asterisk as a wildcard in a quoted phrase. ("actress * Campbell" because you can't remember her first name.)
  • put "define" before a word if you'd like a definition.

From Google Hacks: Tips & Tools for Smarter Searching


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