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1. Be detailed
Begin with many words, then decrease if no result.
Always use small characters.
2. Use plus and minus-signs
cat+persian in result, dog-poodle not in result
3. Search document title or filetype
t: or title: in front of words desired. Use filetype.
4. Boolean search
AND must appear, OR must appear, AND NOT not appear,
NEAR within 10 words of the other or NEAR/15 within 15 words,
( ) parenthenses around group portion of query.
Example: Food AND (grain AND NOT oats)
5. Search for object
Person, title or expression, use " " (quote signs) around the phrase.
Finds phrase in exactly that order.
6. The wildcard
* (asterisk), when unsure about exact spelling or to get all hyphened words.
7. Inside URL
Use +inurl:tag|tag. Example: .pdf, .ogg
Convert units. Type known item, "in", and unknown unit, such as
"10 km in miles"
9. Dictionary and spellcheck
"define:[word or phrase]" Example: "define:maverick"
Spellcheck by typing Guess as search term, may ask if meant something else
10. Search specific site Include site:url
11. Track packages
Enter shipper's tracking number to get results and links for major delivery
Duck bang shortcuts
Update: Apr 6/23