14 Digital Search Skill Tips

Assuming the use of Google as a search engine while using Google Chrome.

Tip 1: Search within a webpage or document

Use the find bar to locate a specific word or phrase on a webpage. You can use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+F (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) and ⌘+F (Mac) to quickly open the find bar.

Search within a webpage or document

Tip 2: Envisage the necessary keywords to find a result

When you're deciding what words to put in the search box, try to choose words that are likely to appear on the site you're looking for. For example, instead of saying

my head hurts

, say

headache

, because that’s the word a medical site would use.

Tip 3: Search with an exact phrase

When you put a word or phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as the ones inside the quotes.

Search with an exact phrase

Tip 4: Use OR within a search query

Find pages that might use one of several words.

Use OR within a search query

Tip 5: Use a negative search to search for some content while excluding something else

When you use a dash before a word or site, it excludes sites with that info from your results. This is useful for words with multiple meanings, like mullet the fish and mullet the haircut.

Use a negative search to search for some content while excluding something else

Tip 6: Use search to get number conversions

Use Google to quickly convert units.

Use Google to quickly convert units.

Tip 7: Use search to get definitions

Put define in front of any word to see its definition and it's use of time.

Use search to get definitions

Tip 8: Use Image search 'Search tools' to find images that can be reused

Use the 'Search tools' menu after doing an image search to filter results by usage rights.

Use Image search 'Search tools' to find images that can be reused

Tip 9: Search by file type

Search online within publicly accessible files - such as PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations and Word documents.

Search by file type

Tip 10: Search within a specific site

Get results from certain sites or domains.

Search within a specific site

Tip 11: Use wildcards in a search query

Add an asterisk as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms.

Use wildcards in a search query

Tip 12: Search for related pages

Find sites that are similar to a web address you already know.

Search for related pages

Tip 13: Use Image search 'Search tools' to find images of a minimum size

Use the 'Search tools' menu after doing an image search to filter results by size.

Use Image search 'Search tools' to find images of a minimum size

Tip 14: Use Web search 'Search tools' to find digital content posted within a certain time bracket

Use the 'Search tools' menu after doing a web search to filter results by date.

Use Web search 'Search tools' to find digital content posted within a certain time bracket