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Google search operators
I believe we all agree that Google is a powerful search engine and many of us use it several times a day. However, apart from just typing several words in the search box, do you know there are more efficient ways to look for what you need?
- Phrase search ("…")
Use the double quotes to find the exact phase.
Example: “angels and demons”
- Search within a specific website (site :)
If you are looking for something in a specific website that doesn’t provide search function itself, you can use the “site:” modifier.
Example: (no space between “site:” and the URL)
Dalai Lama site:.gov
- Terms you want to exclude (-)
Use the “-“ symbol in front of a word that you do not want to be included in your results.
Example: Marketing –advertising
- Fill in the blanks (*)
Use * in your search, you are telling Google to treat the star (wildcard) as a placeholder for any unknown term(s).
Example: Obama voted * on the * bill
You will find stories about different votes on different bills.
Use the "~" symbol in front of a search word, Google will automatically search similar terms or synonyms of that word
You will find “snake”, “python”, “cobra” and “reptile”…etc. in your results.