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Updated on August 26, 2014

All The Web With Search

If you ask a general question expect a general answer. Google search is general just on a universal level. When I say universal I don't necessarily mean solar system wide I mean world wide web wide. Google search by default sends back universal results or various content types from across the internet like, top ranking pages, images, maps, videos, news and anything Google feels is related. Sometimes that many choices offer to many distractions while you sift your way through.

Do you Search?

When you use the internet to find an answer who do you ask?

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Search Operators

Special symbols or words called Search Operators can be combined with your search terms narrowing results to be more specific.The search operators list is basically short cuts or a quick way to use advanced search filters right from your search box. If you prefer you can do the same job narrowing down results through the advanced search settings page of you Google account. If you want to speed up your search give search with operators a try it is easy.I think of search operators as traffic directors controlling where the search tool goes to get you answers.There was a time when things like punctuation or symbols were over looked as far as impacting results. Today however a small slow growing list of symbols and punctuation are recognized as operators.

Modify your Search with Punctuation and Symbols

Symbol or Mark
What or How
at symbol before word or phrase
Find social tags
and symbol in between word or phrase
Find connected content
hash tag or pound sign before word or phrase
Find trending content
plus sign before a word or phrase
Plus the word or pharse if possible

Some Common Operators

Did you know quotation marks around your search term will provide you results with the exact word or phrase you put inside of those quotation marks? Try a search with quotes around your word or a phrase to see how easy search operators can be to use. Just a note on the quotes operator, it is best left for occasional use. If you use it a lot you can be shorting your self of related information. The minus or dash symbol if placed before a word will exclude that word when it looks for results.

Where or How
The intxt: is placed before the terms you enter
results with search term in the text of the page
The site:query is before your word or phrase
relevant content from a specific website like CNN
The inurl: is used infront of a search term
results will have the search term in there url
Some of the operators can even be combinded

Do you Use Search Operators

What is your favorite short cut to getting answers quick?

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New News


Extra Extra

Google now has interactive search results. with instant search you can change your search as you type. In a pages of results each result has a title, link and a snippet of a cached page. Cached pages are a copy of that page Google has most recently acquired during their last web crawl. Next to the right side of the sites link you may find a little green arrow. This green arrow offer some interactive options, three to be precise. The three choices include a share similar or cached page view all while remaining on the results page.

Find what Links

Do you want to find all the pages that link to a certain web site? Try the link operator to find out what links to your site or a individual page on your site. or for the page inside the site link:yoursite/

Find Related

Use the related: operator to find pages that have similar content by typing related: followed by the website address.

Final Thoughts

Google works hard to provide you, me all of the Internets users with the most the web has to offer. That is why today the word Google is associated with so many widgets and apps. For every tool they also tell us how it works with blogs or pages on help and how to’s. Search still stays one of Googles strongest roots as Internet users by the millions still look to in search of answers everyday. To this I would like to say thank you Google thank you to the brilliant folks that work at Google and the magic you share, thank you.

© 2013 sprickita


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      3 years ago

      Great intgshi. Relieved I'm on the same side as you.

    • sprickita profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Reno

      not sure if i happened 2 say ty so ty 8-)

    • sprickita profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Reno

      awesome ty,..

    • sprickita profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Reno

      ty and ur welcome 8-) i need2 update this as it all went from old2new then newer to huh? in like3 days lol so i will update soon ish again ty

    • Mahir Maric profile image


      5 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegovina

      really useful tips, thanks

    • The Examiner-1 profile image

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      Neat Hub sprickita, I rated it up and shared it.

      I use Google all of the time - in fact I joined several of their apps. I may come back and read this again when I have more time to look at Google - (going back and forth) as I read it!

    • sprickita profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Reno

      Aww THANK YOU, and almost the day I submitted that ; holy cow did Google do some search changes! 8-) Geez Louise I am barley starting to comprehend all the new features. I need to update some of it but if you have any Google Questions please let me know, I might could help. I think the internet as we know it is changing so so fast -- with most use on hand held devices -- If you miss a beat (like me I have missed oo ..alot) your lost but kinda in a good way.

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      Susan W 

      5 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Cool hub, sprickita! I never really knew much about Google's search operators before when searching queries. Thanks for this informative hub, voted up, useful and shared with followers.


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