Last week I wrote about searching the internet to solve your tech problems.
The key to quickly finding the right answer is learning how to use some advanced search techniques.
Searching for one-word terms is easy, but as the search terms grow, so do the returns that don’t have anything to do with your query.
If you search for Dallas Cowboys, you will get returns for the Dallas football team, the city of Dallas, and for ropin’ and ridin’ cowboys.
If you’d like to narrow down your search to only the football Cowboys, put the words in quotes, like “Dallas Cowboys.”
If you’d like to find webpages about non-football cowboys, you can use an exclude term, which would be cowboys -football.
You can search within a specific site by using “site:”, like searching for Dallas Cowboys videos on YouTube by using site:youtube.com Dallas Cowboys.
You can call up a whole page of advanced searches at google.com/advanced_search.
Here you’ll find search boxes with all these advanced searches, plus searches on a specific language, regions or countries and including files of a specific type.
You can also turn SafeSearch on or off, which will filter out explicit results.