Below are search operators to use to you get the most out of your search engine experience. Each one includes the exact operator and example of how to use it:
- Negative Keyword
Printer -cartridge will show results for the word printer but not the word cartridge.
- File Type
Cancer research filetype:pdf will show only results that you can download as a PDF flie.
- Synonyms Match
~car will search for “car” and synonyms of “car”
- Phrase Match
“chocolate chip cookies” will not get results for someone who wrote “chocolate mint chip cookies”. Only those three words in that order.
The | symbol
Jessica + Williams|Wiliams|William is a search for all of those possibilities (Jessica Williams OR Wiliams OR William)
- Price Range
bedding $100…$200 will show search results for bedding between $100 and $200 dollars
- All in Text
allintext: chicken cilantro lime recipe will show search results for recipes with these three ingredients<
- Search Within
Animals site:www.facebook.com will show only animal related pages within Facebook.
- Date Search
Facebook daterange: 201108 will find only informationa nd news from August 2011.
- Fill in the Blank
Obama signed the * bill this week will allow google to treat the star as a placeholder for any unknown term(s) and then find the best matches.
adapted from: http://www.amplify-interactive.com/blog/search-engines/advanced-google-search-tips/