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#OtvTIPS: 6 Google tricks that you probably never knew



  1. Search within a specific site
    If you know that you want your answer to come from
    within a specific website, or specific type of website
    (e.g. .org, .edu), you can precede your query with “site:”
    followed by the appropriate webpage. For example, if
    you wanted to search ITProPortal for information on the
    cloud, you would type “cloud site:itproportal.com.”
  2. Search by file type
    You can also search for specific types of files, such as
    PDFs, PPTs, or XLS, by adding “filetype:” and the 3-letter
    file abbreviation. E.g. “cloud filetype:pdf.”
  3. Include or ignore words and characters in your search
    If certain words are essential to your search, such as
    “the” or “and,” you can highlight them by putting
    quotation marks around them. You can also use the
    minus sign to specify particular items that you don’t
    want in your results, e.g. typing in “bring –your own
    data” would exclude the word “your” from the search.
  4. Find related pages
    If you find a website you really like, you can search for
    similar pages by typing “related:” in front of the web
    address. For example, if you wanted to search for
    websites similar to ITProPortal (but why would you?),
    you would just have to type “related:itproportal.com”
    and you’ll be shown a range of related websites.
  5. Similar terms
    Google can generate results that include synonyms by
    placing the “~” sign immediately in front of your search
    term. So, for example, a search for “wearable ~devices”
    will also return results for “wearable technology.”
  6. Hone in on a particular range
    To specify a particular number range, type “..” followed
    by a space, then the numbers in your range. For
    example, if you’re searching for iPhone models more
    recent than the iPhone 4, type “4..iphone” and the
    search will include all iPhone models above the iPhone
    4, i.e. iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, and 6 Plus. Full story is HERE
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