Google Search Tips and Tricks Options

ncdit Posts: 190 Points: 1104
Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 1:19:21 PM

Search is at the heart of everything Google does, Google has added a lot new features to make your search quieries much more efficient. Searching on Google can be a magical experience once you know how to use those features, the postings in this topic are all about thos tips and tricks that make your search much more efficient.

Finding exact phrases matches

To find the exact phrase matches, you have to use quotes the words you want to search like "regular expression".


ncdit Posts: 190 Points: 1104
Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 1:22:34 PM

Search exactly as is (+)

By attaching a + immediately before a word (remember, don't add a space after the +), you are telling Google to match that word precisely as you typed it. Putting double quotes around a single word will do the same thing.


ncdit Posts: 190 Points: 1104
Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 1:24:10 PM

Terms you want to exclude (-)

Attaching a minus sign immediately before a word indicates that you do not want pages that contain this word to appear in your results. The minus sign should appear immediately before the word and should be preceded with a space.

For example, in the query [ anti-virus software ], the minus sign is used as a hyphen and will not be interpreted as an exclusion symbol; whereas the query [ anti-virus -software ] will search for the words 'anti-virus' but exclude references to software.

You can exclude as many words as you want by using the - sign in front of all of them, for example [ jaguar -cars -football -os ].

The - sign can be used to exclude more than just words. For example, place a hyphen before the 'site:' operator (without a space) to exclude a specific site from your search results.


ncdit Posts: 190 Points: 1104
Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 1:28:40 PM

Search within a specific website (site:)

Google allows you to specify that your search results must come from a given website. For example, the query [ iraq site:nytimes.com ] will return pages about Iraq but only from nytimes.com. The simpler queries [ iraq nytimes.com ] or [ iraq New York Times ] will usually be just as good, though they might return results from other sites that mention the New York Times. You can also specify a whole class of sites, for example [ iraq site:.gov ] will return results only from a .gov domain.

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