- Google default is to search for pages that include all of your search keywords .
- Google excludes common words (a.k.a stop words) like “the” , “He” etc.
- Google isn’t case sensitive, That is searching for wordpress is the same as WordPress.
- But Search operators are case sensitive, That is searching for wordpress OR joomla uses OR as the Google search operator, while wordpress or joomla doesn’t.
- Some operators may be combined, and some must be used alone.
Basic Search Operators
The basic Search operators which can be combine with your keywords easily are:
Forces words to be included in search results. Convenient with stop words that otherwise will be dumped
Prevents a search term to be included in the results, Like: searching for Automobile -cars won’t show the result for Cars in the Automobile search result page
Returns with with one of the given terms, like Joomla OR Drupal. You might also use | instead of OR
It is used to include all of the words given by you in search results, Remember to put the query within the “ ” . I use it to check copy and paste content.
Allows to search also for synonyms of the given keyword. like searching for wordpress ~tips finds also pages with the word help or guide etc.
Means every word to include(It’s a wildcard character) .
Used to search in a range of numbers
The above operators may be combined like, “Is WordPress better than Joomla OR Drupal”
Some more useful operators
Used to return the definition of the given word like “define: guide”
Restricts the results returned of a specific File Type. Like “Photoshop Guide filetype:pdf”
Restricts the search results for a given web site only like “Google site:priteshgupta.com”
Returns page that are related to the given page
Gives information about a given site
I use Google as a calculator too, by using standard symbols (+ – * / % ^)
Like: “2+10-5%2” = 11, Google calculates in the manner which is done in programming languages.
You can also make it a scientific calculator using the below terms
sqrt,nth root ofx, sin, cos, arctan, tan…, ln, log, !
Numbers can be entered in hexadecimal, octal and binary base.