|not found what you are looking for? These tips in a search pro. Photo: Chris ison/PA-|
search engines are pretty good to find what you are looking for in these days but sometimes still up briefly. For the opportunities that there are a few little known tricks that come in handy.
Here are some tips for better googling (as it is the most popular search engine), but many of them work on other search engines.
1. Exact phrase
|Exact Search Photo: Samuel Gibbs for The Guardian is|
the simplest and most effective way of searching for something specific is the use of quotation marks around a phrase or name to search, it is precisely these words in this exact order.
For example, to search for Joe Bloggs shows results with both Joe and so, but not necessarily placed one after the other. Search for "John Doe" the surface only those who are especially with the name Max Mustermann somewhere on the side.
The exact or explicit phrase search is very useful for exclusive widespread, but less relevant results.
2. Exclude terms
|“Joe Bloggs” -jeans Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian|
If the Exact Phrase will not get what you need, you can specifically to certain words about the minus icon.
A search for "John Doe" Jeans find results for Max Mustermann, but it closes these results for the Joe Bloggs Jeans Brand.
3. Either OR
|Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian|
4. Synonym search
|Searching using synonyms helps cover all bases. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian|
5. Search within a site
|Use Google to search a particular site. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian|
6. The power of the asterisk
|Asterisks work as wildcards within search either to replace a word or letters. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian|
7. Searching between two values
|British prime minister 1920.. 1950 Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian|
8. Search for word in the body, title or URL of a page
|intitle: search Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian|
9. Search for related sites
|Related search. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian|
10. Combine them
|Combine the terms and modifiers for powerful searches. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian|