Some Google search tricks can help you refine your results and get to your content quickly. Although the company uses sophisticated algorithms to try to decipher what the user wants behind a few typed words, there are ways to shorten the results, filtering out what matters most even before pressing Enter. It is possible, for example, to search for specific words and exclude certain themes, use incomplete phrases and obtain definitions of any type of term entered in the search field. See eight tips for exploring ways to search the web.
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1. Use minus sign to exclude words
A minus sign removes results related to a particular word. The resource is useful to avoid unnecessary information when searching for a term with multiple meanings. When searching for a computer server, for example, Google returns only with pages about functionalism, excluding computer content.
Minus sign eliminates ambiguities in Google searches Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
2. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase
When searching for entire sentences, use quotation marks to find pages that mention a specific combination of words. The resource helps when I need to find quotes from scientific articles or interviews without having to scroll through links that mention only parts of the full term. The trick can also serve to identify plagiarism: type the complete suspicious phrase in quotation marks to find out if the same construction has been published elsewhere before.
Search entire sentences in quotes to find exact matches Foto: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
3. Use website: to search internal pages
If the search engine for a website is not very good, use Google to find desired internal pages. To do this, enter term + site :, followed by the main domain. For example, to find all the news, photos and other material related to the creator of Facebook on TechTudo, type mark zuckerberg site: techtudo.com.br and get a list of all the corresponding contents.
Use "site:" to search only the content of a specific site Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
4. Use filetype to search for a particular file type
It is possible to use Google to find a specific file without having to visit intermediate pages. To do this, enter the search followed by filetype: and the desired file type. For example, it is possible to search for scientific articles about coronavirus in PDF with coronavirus filetype: pdf.
Use "filetype" to find PDFs and other specific file types on Google Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
5. Use define to define a word
Google can show definitions for some words automatically, but it is possible to force this site specific function to any search term. Type define: followed by the term you want to get the definition. The resource works to obtain meaning of nouns and verbs, as well as for other elements of the Portuguese language, such as prefixes and suffixes.
Type "define:" to get meanings for any term Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
6. Use related to find similar sites
The related function of Google allows you to find pages with similar themes on the Internet. The useful resource, among other things, to explore alternatives to famous stores or to obtain the list of websites of all universities in the country: type related: uff.br, for example, to find out the addresses of all federal ones.
The "related" command finds all sites related to a specific domain Foto: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
7. Use asterisk for unknown passages
An asterisk can replace unknown words in an entire sentence search. The trick is to get all possible variations of a particular saying or excerpt from a book, for example, even if one or the other middle word is unknown. The same goes for finding the lyrics of a song from an incomplete or ambiguous refro: just write the known passage in quotes and leave an asterisk where there is doubt.
Use an asterisk to search for phrases with unknown passages Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
8. Use "OR" to do multiple searches at the same time
Google allows you to use the term OR to do more than one independent search at the same time. The trick is to combine ticket search with multiple possible destinations, something normally impossible to do on flight search engines. Type, for example, a ticket from "sao paulo" OR "rio de janeiro" to lisbon to get links to searches for both cities.
Use OR to do multiple searches at once Foto: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
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