3 Web Search Tricks That You'll Want to Start Using for Everything

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Want to find the exact information, resources, products, quotes, facts, etc., you're looking for on the web? Do you want to find things faster and with less hassle when you're online? Here are three easy web search tricks to help you. And these tips aren't just for using on Google; try using them on any search engine you like. You can learn these game-changing web search skills in no time, and once you do, you'll be using them all time.

Use Quotation Marks

Use quotation marks (") around a phrase of two or more words so that the search engine will search for the whole phrase exactly as you entered it. This trick can help find things like a quote or a poem that you only know in part. It may also lead you to other online sources that have included the same phrase.

Screenshot of a Google search for a quote.

 Add a Minus Sign

In search engine language, the minus sign (-) means NOT. The minus sign tells the search engine to exclude a word or multiple words if you like. Use the minus sign in front of a word to eliminate it from your search results.

Screenshot of a Google search using the minus operator.


Copy and Paste

Sometimes copying and pasting a key sentence or two into a search box will be the winning strategy for finding what you need. By copying and pasting a chunk of text, you will shrink your search results drastically. This strategy can help you find the most relevant matches. Try this when researching a medical report or text from a book, speech, or another document. Here's a web search example using a paragraph from JFK's "We Choose To Go To The Moon" address:

JFK Moon Speech via a Google search

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