This is a list of Google search techniques I find useful.
1. Search Terms
- PHRASE: "egg sandwich"
- EXCLUDE: sandwich -egg
- OR: egg sandwich OR "creme brulee" (The OR must be in upper case. It only applies to the 2 terms immediately either side of it, so this example will find pages with 'egg' that also contain either 'sandwich' or 'creme brulee')
- WORD ORDER IS SIGNIFICANT: egg sandwich (different to: sandwich egg)
- WILDCARD: "never lick a * in the mouth" (wildcards only apply to whole words. So sandwich* is not correct, instead use sandwich to find both sandwich and sandwiches)
- AROUND: "why do birds" AROUND(9) "you are near" (match words within x words)
- SITE: site:news.com.au (or site:*.news.com.au will not find anything on news.com.au but will find things on www.news.com.au and secure.news.com.au etc)
- LOCATION: egg sandwiches location:australia
- NEARBY your current location: coffee nearby
- FILETYPE: filetype:pdf
- NUMBER/PRICE RANGE: egg sandwiches $2..5
- ANY PRICES: egg sandwiches $
- CALCULATE: 5/12+2 (just type the sum into the search box or address bar)
- CONVERT: 5 mph to kph (another example: 5 USD to AUD)
- DEFINE: define sanger (any word, including slang)
- CACHE: cache:news.com.au
- FLIGHT UPDATES: QF123 (will show arrival/departure info for flight QF123 including terminal, gate, and ETA)
- Deprecated/inactive operators will be ignored: + ~ AND NOT sandwic* ( )
Anything useful that I've missed? Let me know!