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.
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
, 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.
Tip 4: Use OR within a search query
Find pages that might use one of several words.
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.
Tip 6: Use search to get number conversions
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.
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.
Tip 9: Search by file type
Search online within publicly accessible files - such as PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations and Word documents.
Tip 10: Search within a specific site
Get results from certain sites or domains.
Tip 11: Use wildcards in a search query
Add an asterisk as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms.
Tip 12: Search for related pages
Find sites that are similar to a web address you already know.
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.
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.