Search engines can be a great way of finding what you’re searching for. Using them to their fullest extrent, however, requires a bit of knowledge about how to structure your searches. These examples are some that I use on a regular basis:
- Quotation marks searches for everything between them
- “James Brown” returns results matching James Brown, but not those that do not include either James or Brown
- Dashes exclude a term from the search results
- Music -Classical returns results for music, except classical music
- Tildes searches for synonyms
- Programming ~lessons returns results for programming lessons, but also classes, coaching etc.
- Site: is used to search within a specific site
- NATO site:razumny.no returns results including the word NATO from the site razumny.no
- Two periods searches between number ranges
- Metallica 1997..2007 searches for Metallica and numbers in the range of 1997-2007
- Filetype: returns results of a give file type
- Policy filetype:pdf returns results that are PDFs
Do you have any other tricks? Share them in the comment section!