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How to Do Better Google Searches

Feel like there's something missing from your life? Just hop on Google, and follow these simple steps to pinpoint whatever you're looking for in a jiffy.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Go to Google homepage Go to Google’s homepage at www.google.com
  • Step 2: Type in key words Type in key words related to your search. Try to be specific without including too many words.
  • TIP: Google generally ignores very common words like 'how.' If a common word is essential to your search, put a plus sign in front of it. Otherwise, just leave it out.
  • Step 3: Add quotes Put quotes around any phrase in your search. This tells Google to look for words in a specific order. Quotes are especially helpful with names.
  • TIP: Instead of putting quotes around your phrase, you can do the same thing by putting dashes between the words.
  • Step 4: Narrow search Narrow down your search by adding additional words or phrases. Try to think of unusual words that are specific to the thing you’re looking for.
  • Step 5: Searching range of numbers To search within a range of numbers, type a low number and high number separated by two periods, with no spaces. For example, if you want to find something between 100 and 200 dollars, type dollar sign-one hundred-dot-dot-dollar sign-two hundred.
  • Step 6: Use "Advanced Search" To further refine your search, click 'Advanced Search.' Here you can specify languages, file formats, dates, and other characteristics.
  • TIP: On the Advanced Search page, you can also filter out any results containing 'adult content'—including graphic images or video—by clicking on 'Filter using SafeSearch.'
  • Step 7: Use different words If you’re still not finding what you want, start over with different words or phrases. That’s it—you’ll have what you’re looking for in no time.
  • FACT: Google was originally known as 'BackRub'—and the first site it ever searched was Google cofounder Larry Page’s homepage at Stanford.

You Will Need

  • A computer with an internet connection

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