1. Use Quotations. Simply putting quotations around your search terms can really help eliminate some unwanted results. This is especially helpful when searching for groups of words such as a title of book, song or movie. It’s also handy in searching for names of business or organizations.
a. Example ( "Prince of Persia" )
2. Use a minus sign ( – ) before words you don’t want to turn up in the result. For instances let’s say you’re searching for restaurants but you don’t want McDonalds to show up. Just put restaurants –McDonalds . be sure to put it right before the first letter with no spaces.
Example ( fast food -McDonalds )
Use site: plus a website to search a certain website. For instances let’s say you want to search for SEO on our website you could type: site:www.atrixmarketing.com
seo . Be sure to put a space after the website and before the search term and make sure there is no space after the :
Example ( site:www.cnn.com Gulf Coast Oil Spill )
4. Use a tilde. What is the tilde you may ask? Well press and hold your shift button then look on your keyboard above the tab key, to the left of the 1 key press the button that has the ~ symbol. That’s you tilde symbol. Now you can put it before search terms that you would like relevant terms(synonyms) to also show up in the search results. Do not put a space between the tilde and the search term.
a. Example ( ~restaurant )
5. Use filetype: If you need to find a specific file type then simply put filetype: before your search term. For instance if you need to find a pdf file type filetyp:pdf before your search term and again make sure there is no space after the : and before the search term.
Example ( filetype:pdf money )
6. Use OR. Use the word OR capitalized between search terms to allow a broader selection of results especially if you search terms aren’t as important as the others. In other words you just need one or more of the term results to match the searched terms.
Example ( seo OR sem )
7. Use Plus (+) Operator: This is great for making sure certain words are include in the results.
Example ( peanut butter +and jelly )
8. Use Area Code. If you want to know what city an area code is from simply type in the area codes three digit number and search. Yes it’s that easy.
9. Use ranges. This is great for search for a range of numbers such as dates, prices or any range of numbers. For instance to find a vase priced between $100 and $200 simply type ( .. ) between the price
Example ( vase $100..$200 )
10. Use the Ticker Symbol. For search results pertinent to your stock. For instance google would be GOOG
a. Example ( GOOG )
11. Use the Calculator. You can simply enter numbers to be calculated with the calculation symbol to get quick results. For addition use + . For subtraction use - . For multiplication use * . For division use / . And so on..
a. Example ( 5*9+(sqrt 10)^3= )
12. Use define. Need a dictionary? Just use define: before the word and you have a dictionary that is so much faster than thumbing through a huge Webster’s Dictionary.
a. Example ( define: tilde )
13. Use Spell Checker. Need to check the spelling of a word? Simply type spell: before the word.
a. Example ( spell:correctoin )
14. Use conversion. Need to convert your cm into inches? Simply type the metric in and the standard.
a. Example (10.5 cm in inches )
15. Use movies. Need a quick way to find what movies are playing at your local theater? Simply type movies and your zip code.
a. Example ( movies 37924 )
16. Use Maps. Need to find a location? Google has an amazing map search feature. Type in the name of a city or zip code and the word map.
a. Example ( Knoxville, TN map )
17. Use Package Tracking. Need to find out where that package you order is at? Simply enter your UPS, FedEx or US postal tracking number in and track your package
a. Example ( 1Z9999W99999999999 )
18. Use Related Search. Need to find websites that have similar content and another website? Simply type related: and then the website’s address.
a. Example ( related:www.cnn.com )
19. Use Fill in the Blank. Need to have a sentence finished or a question answered? Simply type an asterisk at that part of the sentence or question.
a. Example ( Isaac Newton discovered * )
20. Use Local Search. Need to find a store, restaurant, or other local business?
a. Example ( Italian food 02138 )
21. Use Phonebook: This is great for reverse number look up on the phone numbers that show up on your caller id and you don’t know who it is. Just type phonebook: and then the number. Do not put and space between the : and the number.
a. Example ( phonebook:404-968-9617 )
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