- Use symbols
Google Search typically ignores punctuation that is not part of a search operator. However, you can use icons to refine your search results. For example, use @ before a word to search social media or # before a word to search for hashtags. You can also exclude words from your search by placing – before a word you want to exclude.
- Use advanced search options
Google also offers advanced search options to further narrow your search results. For example, you can use filters like region or file type to refine your image search results. You can access advanced search options by going to Advanced Image Search and clicking the filters you want to apply.
- Search for an exact match
If you’re looking for an exact match, place a word or phrase in quotation marks. This tells the search engine to search for that specific word or phrase instead of looking for variations or synonyms. For example, if you search for “tallest building,” you will only see results for that exact phrase.
- Search for a specific website or domain name
If you want to search for information on a specific website or domain name, put “site:” in front of the website or domain. This limits your search results to that website or domain only. For example, if you search for site:youtube.com, only results from YouTube will appear.
- Combine search queries
To expand your search results, you can combine multiple search queries by placing “OR” between each query. For example, if you search for marathon OR race, results will appear for both terms.
- View Google’s cached version of a website
If a website is down or unavailable, you can still view its cached version by placing “cache:” in front of the website address. This will show you the latest version of the website that Google has cached.
In summary, refining your web search techniques can save time and frustration by providing more targeted and accurate search results