Here are a few tips to make searching in Google more accurate and therefore, more enjoyable!
1. Capitals are ignored Capitals, capitals, CaPiTaLs are all treated the same way. There is only one exception here, see point 7 below.
2. Put in enough information. Putting London in to get information about City Airport will bring you in umpteen thousand items about London, If you put in London East airport you will get mainly information about City Airport. Naturally there are better ways to do this as you will see in point 3 below.
3. If you want information for a holiday and enter cape town you will get information about Cape Town, Cape Canaveral, Cape PLC, Cape Model Agency and lots of other subjects, but if you put those words in quotes “cape town” you will only get information about Cape Town! Use quotes wisely though. So, in point 2 above, “city airport” london would go straight there.
4. Google ignores single words and digits, if they are essential, add a + before the digit. i.e. Star Wars Episode +1 Google also ignores words like ‘where’ and ‘how’.
5. Google now uses stemming. It will search not only for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to some or all of those terms. If you search for pet lemur dietary needs, Google will also search for pet lemur diet needs, and other related variations of your terms.
6. If your search term has more than one meaning, for example, search for information about the fish bass, but don’t want music, search for bass -music in other words put a minus sign before the subject you don’t want included. Conversely, a + will make sure a word is included.
7. Google doesn’t need the AND operator as this is automatic. However, if you want to use the OR operator, make sure you put it in CAPITALS. For example, searching for Cheetahs OR pumas will produce pages of Cheetahs and Pumas.
8. ~ looks for synonyms. For example, beauty ~tips will also find beauty guide, Beauty help etc. * means every word, for example, looking for a recipe for apples and * are you? .. is when searching for a range of numbers. “2..20 apples” will find pages containing “I eat 3 apples a day” and “I’ll never eat more than 15 apples in a month”
9. Links, lists webpages that link to the given webpage. link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple will list webpages with links pointing to Wikipedia’s voice for Apple
There are many more tips for searching in Google but these are a good start and if you didn’t know them, they may well help you to get a lot more out of the Internet.