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Google Tips

The following  Google search tips you may find useful.  The list is by no means comprehensive, and you can find a more comprehensive list at http://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html

Expert Google Search Tips

  1. Explicit Phrase:
    Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing.  Instead of just typing internet marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase.  To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes.

    Example: “telephone headsets”

  2. Exclude Words:
    Lets say you want to search for content about office phones, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term cordless To do this, simply use the “-” sign in front of the word you want to exclude.

    Example Search: “office phones” -cordless

  3. Site Specific Search:
    Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase.  Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “site:somesite.com” modifier.

    Example: “unified communications” site:www.comfortcanada.com

  4. Similar Words and Synonyms:
    Let’s say you want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms.  To do this, use the “~” in front of the word.

    Example: “computer headsets” ~VoIP

  5. Specific Document Types:
    If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier “filetype:”.  For example, you might want to find only PDF files related to EnGenius DuraFons.

    Example: “DuraFon 1X” filetype:pdf

  6. This OR That:
    By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search.  If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator.  (Note:  The OR has to be capitalized).

    Example: “telephone headsets” OR “UC headsets”

  7. Phone Listing:
    Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don’t know how it is.  If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature.

    Example: phonebook: 222-222-2222

  8. Area Code Lookup:
    If all you need to do is to look-up the area code for a phone number, just enter the 3-digit area code and Google will tell you where it’s from.

    Example: 403

  9. Numeric Ranges:
    This is a rarely used, but highly useful tip.  Let’s say you want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers.  You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is hard to read, what’s between the X and Y are two periods.  This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers.

    Example: Canadian Governor General 2009..2010

  10. Stock (Ticker Symbol):
    Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term and Google will give you the current financials and a quick thumb-nail chart for the stock.

    Example: GOOG

  11. Calculator:
    The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression in to Google.

    Example: 48512 * 1.02

  12. Word Definitions:
    If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the “define:” command.

    Example: Define: plethora

  13. Find Blogs on your favorite topic
    Use http://blogsearch.google.ca/to search Blogs on your favorite topic.

    Example: Plantronics Savi 430

  14. Weather in your area:
    Enter Weather: <your area code or location> to search for the weather forecast in your area.

    Example: Weather: T3A 4C5  or   Weather: Kananaskis, Alberta

  15. I hope this list of Google search tips proves useful in your future searches.  If there are any of your favorite Google expert power tips that I’ve missed, please feel free to share them in the comments.

    Derived from article originally posted by Dharmesh Shah Mon, Mar 05, 2007


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