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Google Search: Shortcuts & Operators

This guide discusses basic and advanced Google search features.

Operator Example

vacation hawaii  Finds the words vacation and Hawaii.
Maui OR Hawaii Finds either the word Maui or the word Hawaii.
"To each his own" Finds the exact phrase to each his own.
virus –computer Finds the word virus but NOT the word computer.
+sock Finds only the word sock, and not the plural or any tenses or synonyms.
~auto loan Finds loan info for both the word auto and its synonyms: truck, car, etc.
define:computer Finds definitions of the word computer from around the Web.
red * blue Finds the words red and blue separated by one or more words.
I'm Feeling Lucky Takes you directly to first web page returned for your query.

Calculator Operators

OPERATORS MEANING TYPE INTO SEARCH BOX
+ addition 45 + 39
- subtraction 45 – 39
* multiplication 45 * 39
/ division 45 / 39
% of percentage of 45% of 39
^  raise to a power 2^5 (2 to the 5th power)

Advanced Operators

ADVANCED OPERATORS MEANING WHAT TO TYPE INTO SEARCH BOX (& DESCRIPTION OF RESULTS)
site: Search only one website admission site:www.nyit.edu (Search NYIT site for admissions info.)
[#]…[#] Search within a
range of numbers
DVD player $100..150 (Search for DVD players between $100 and $150)
link: linked pages link:www.nyit.edu (Find pages that link to the NYIT University website.)
info:  Info about a page  info:www.nyit.edu (Find information about the NYIT University website.)
related: Related pages related:www.nyit.edu (Find websites related to the NYIT University website.)
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