Tips for Efficient Searching from Your Computer
Part of the Computers For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Whether you're searching your computer for a file or the Internet for a document or website, here are some tips that can help you get appropriate results faster. (However, note that some search engines use slightly different approaches.)
Avoid search terms that are too general. The term golden retriever would get you more specific results than dog, for example.
By default, if you type two keywords such as Vacation Italy, search engines generally look first for sites that contain both words.
Most search engines generally don't take into account small, common words such as and, or, and a.
Some search engines, such as Ask.com, allow you to type in questions as sentences rather than using keywords.
If you want to find an exact phrase, such as "To be or not to be," put it in quotes.
Add a + to the end of search keywords to get results that not only match but only include those words.