By Faithe Wempen

Part of Digital Literacy For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Knowing some basic web search words and symbols (or syntax) will speed up an Internet search, whether you’re using Google, Bing, or other search engine. If you use the following five tips with your search words or phrases, you’ll quickly find the precise results you’re seeking — and improve your digital literacy!

Use This Symbol/Word What It Does Example
Quotation marks Searches for the phrase between the quotation marks, exactly as
written
“Imagine all the people”
– (minus sign)

Note: Make sure there’s a space before the
minus sign, and no space after it!
Removes a word from your search results “states that make cheese
Wisconsin
* Represents an unknown value “A * saved is a * earned”
OR Searches for either of two words Olympics 2014 OR 2016
.. (two periods without spaces) Searches within a given range cars $10,000..$15,000