When we surf on the internet, we all need a guide. For me, and I am sure for most of you, that guide is Google.
However, do we know how to take advantage from all this guide is offering us? In the next article, I will try to present the operators used in searching along with some words with special significations.
The minus operator (-) can be used for terms you want excluded from your search.
If you put a phrase in (“) Google will display the result containing that phrase.
The stop words
These words will be excludes from Google searching because Google is considering them very usual ones (for ex. “to”). If you want your searching to contain those particular words you will have to use the plus operator (+) before them.
Google acquires an image of each examined page during its checks on internet, and keeps it in case the original page is not available. If you click on the“Cache” link, you will see the page in the same format it was when indexed.
If you click on “Similar pages”, Google will give you similar pages with that page. This function is useful if you want to buy a product with the lowest price.
Google can be used in the same time as a calculator. All you have to do is to write the equation in the search box and to press enter.
Some words, if followed by two points (:) , get a special meaning for Google. It is very important not to put spaces between (:) and the next word because in that case, those words will not going to have that special function but simply searching terms.
You can also use Google for definition of some words. You must use the word “define” and the word whose definition you are looking for.
Searching on specified site
If you want your search to contain only results from a specified site you have to use the word “site” followed by it address and searching terms.
Connections to a page
Use the word “link” and sites address and you will find pages sending you to that site.
There are many other functions, such as maps, air travel information or stock market values but are valid only for United States, so, I will not pay to much attention to that.