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#1 Bluie

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Posted 18 June 2004 - 07:09 PM

Download and install the Google toolbar. Not only does it put the Google search box into your browser full-time, but it also blocks pop-up ads and fills in forms for you. For Windows at http://toolbar.google.com. (Ad blocking, form-filling and Google's search box are already built into the Apple's Web browser, Safari.)

Phrase your question in the form of an answer. "After all, you're not looking for Web pages that ask your question," explains director of technology Craig Silverstein. "You're looking for pages that answer it."

So instead of typing, "What is the average rainfall in the Amazon basin?", you might get better results by typing "The average rainfall in the Amazon basin is."

This is an old one, but very important: Put quotes around phrases that must be searched together. If you put quotes around "electric curtains," Google won't waste your time finding one set of Web pages containing the word "electric" and another set containing the word "curtains."

Similarly, put a hyphen right before any word you want screened out. If you're looking up dolphins, for example, you'll have to wade through a million Miami Dolphins pages unless you search for "dolphins -Miami."

Google is a global White Pages and Yellow Pages. Search for "phonebook:home depot norwalk, ct," Google instantly produces the address and phone number of the Norwalk Home Depot. This works with names ("phonebook:robert jones las vegas, NV") as well as businesses.

Don't put any space after "phonebook." And in all of the following examples, don't type the quotes I'm showing you here.

Google is a package tracker. Type a FedEx or UPS package number (just the digits); when you click Search, Google offers a link to its tracking information.

Google is a calculator. Type in an equation ("32+2345*3-234="). Click Search to see the answer.

Google is a units-of-measurement converter. Type "teaspoons in a gallon," for example, or "centimeters in a foot." Click Search to see the answer.

Google is a stock ticker. Type in AAPL or MSFT, for example, to see a link to the current Apple or Microsoft stock price, graphs, financial news and so on.

Google is an atlas. Type in an area code, like 212, to see a Mapquest map of the area.

Google is Wal-Mart's computer. Type in a UPC bar code number, such as "036000250015," to see the description of the product you've just "scanned in." (Thanks to the Google Blog, http://google.blogspace.com, for this tip and the next couple.)

Google is an aviation buff. Type in a flight number like "United 22" for a link to a map of that flight's progress in the air. Or type in the tail number you see on an airplane for the full registration form for that plane.

Google is the Department of Motor Vehicles. Type in a VIN (vehicle identification number, which is etched onto a plate, usually on the door frame, of every car), like "JH4NA1157MT001832," to find out the car's year, make and model.

For hours of rainy-day entertainment, visit http://labs.google.com. Here, you'll find links to new, half-finished Google experiments-like Google Voice, in which you call (650) 623-6706, speak the words you want to search for and then open your browser to view the results. Disclaimer: It wasn't working when I tried it. (Ditto a lot of these experiments.)

Poke around the "Services & Tools" link on the Google.com home page and you'll find some of the better-known lesser-known Google features, if that makes any sense.

For example, there's Froogle (product search), News, Groups (Internet discussion boards), Google Catalogs (hundreds of scanned-in product catalogs), Images (find graphics and photos from other people's Web sites), Blogger (publish your own online journal), Google language translation, Google Answers (pay a couple of bucks to have a professional researcher find the answers for you) and much more.

This was "borrowed" from another board and the poster there "borrowed" it somewhere else. No idea where the original credit belongs. Personally would not use the toolbar but the rest of it looks good.

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#2 Grinler

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 10:12 AM

Bravo!!!! :thumbsup: :flowers:

Excellent post. I do disagree with one item though.

When I need a question answered I always type it in google.as if I am asking someone. This is because there have been 100's, if not 1000's of people before you asking the same question, so you will therefore get the most specific match.

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 01:08 PM

Why not just use the "advanced search"?
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Posted 23 July 2004 - 10:20 PM

nicely done...where else could I have found such cool practical advice so simply stated.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:08 PM

Helpful info, thanks,

I like Google search but HATE those unneeded and unnecessary "search suggestions" whereby if I'm looking up Shiite I might easily get Sh*t!

But I cannot figure out, after hours of research, how to kill JUST the "search suggestions."

Any ideas gratefully appreciated.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:47 AM

Take a look here: How do I disable Google Suggest?

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:11 AM

Thats a good page Animal,however if you have SCRIPTS DISABLED and goto google,that crap wont work either! (I usually always have them disabled)

Edited by 4dude, 13 April 2012 - 06:45 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:39 AM

*Hisses at mention of "toolbar"*

That's something I never recommend to anyone. I use chrome and the whole address bar can be used. My number one bit of advice to the college kiddos here where I work is "Toolbars are the DEVIL".

According to my boss, I have mad "google skills" too :D

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:21 PM

When I use firefox, I always use the toolbar. However, I'm currently using Chrome more often and it is funny that they don't have the google toolbar for their own browser.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:46 PM

Thats because the Google tool bar is the address bar in Chrome. Having a tool bar would be redundant.

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:19 AM

When I type in say wheel trim for Ford Escort the search includes all these website that say:

We stock wheel trim for Ford Escort see best price here.

And I don't know how they do it but they seem to be copying what you are querying and make it look as if there site has this part or can help you in some way, just to get you to click on the link. But when you click on it the site says sorry no such item.

How to filter these out?

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:41 PM

Do multiple searches and start narrowing your search for the item/s you are looking for. Start making your queries more precise. Use identifiers that are returned in prior searches that more closely define what you're looking for, then add those elements in subsequent search query strings. In the power searching training I linked to above, one of the segments teaches you how to improve search query element techniques.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 10:55 PM

Try also http://duckduckgo.com/

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