Like you I am always trying to save time when I am searching the Internet for help and information. I asked our IT/Project Coordinator, Maarten Cappaert, for some helpful tips and short cuts when doing a search on the Internet and check out what he came up with!
Google Search Tips (Part 1 of 2)
Want to enhance your searching skills and get the results you are looking for in a flash? Here are some quick tips, each with an example of how to use them.
- Want to look for something specific? Use quotation marks around your topic:
“Sales Training” will get more targeted results compared to Sales Training
- If you want to exclude something from your search results, use a minus symbol.
Bank -”Credit Union” will hide all results for credit unions and just show you banks.
- If you want to search only on a specific site, use site: followed by the site you want to search.
boot camp site:interaction-training.com
- If you are looking for other sites that mention something from your own site, use link:
boot camp link:interaction-training.com
- Looking for something in a specific range? Place two periods between your lowest and highest value.
Ford Explorer 2004..2005
- Looking for a PowerPoint presentation? Tell Google just that by adding filetype:PPT to your search query. This works with other file types too!
If remembering all these search keys is a little daunting, you can also use the easy-to-fill-out form at www.google.com/advanced_search to do exactly the same, plus some additional, less common tricks!