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Google Power Search: Expert Tricks

Google Power Search Expert Tricks


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Exclude terms. If you’re looking for information on Vikings, say for example – the old Norse explorers, but, you don’t want pages on football’s Minnesota Vikings. Use a minus sign directly before a keyword to tell Google to exclude pages that contain that word, like this: “Vikings -Minnesota.”


Web site search. Limit your search to a single website or a specific group of sites, by using “site:” followed by a Web address or ending. For example, include “” in your search string and you’ll get results only from the Los Angeles Times website. To get results only from U.S. government sites, which have web addresses ending in .gov, add “site:gov” to your search. Use “site:edu” for colleges or “site:mil” for U.S. military sites. For example, if you search for, you will see that Google: Enables users to search the Web, Usenet, and images. Features include PageRank, caching and translation of results, and an option to find similar pages. Not all Web pages will return these results, according to different security configurations.

Search with Google for Synonyms. Can’t think of a word? Use Google to search for both your search terms and synonyms. When you put a tilde ~ in front of your search term, Google will look for both your chosen search term and synonyms. Do not put a space between the tilde and your search term.


Google Wildcard Search. Use the asterisk to substitute for any word in a phrase. This can be handy for identifying a particular fact or finding a missing word in a song lyric. Put phrases in quotes. For instance, “Perris is in (asterisk) county” or “in Penny Lane there is a (asterisk) showing photographs.”


Restrict Google Search to Specific File Types. This can be very helpful if you’re looking specifically for certain file types, such as PowerPoint, (ppt) Word, (doc) or Adobe PDF.
Use the filetype: comm
and. For example, try searching for: bad hotel filetype:ppt


Google Search Older Website Info Cache. Google keeps a comprehensive cache database of many websites, and you can search this database by starting your search with example – cached: Little Web Shops
There is the ability to define the date range for search content, and that can be accessed via the advanced search link next to the Google search button.

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