How to Search for Things on Google?

1. How would you search for an exact word or phrase?

  • You would have to put the exact word or phrase in quotations in the search box. For example, if you wanted to search for the word dog, you would put “dog” in the search box. Google will present search results that include the words and phrases in the quotations in the exact order they are in the quotations.

2. How would you search for something on a specific site?

  •  You would type what you are searching for in front of “site:” and whatever the site is after. For example, by typing “homeless people site: torontostar.com” in the search box, you can find everything that mentions homeless people on the Toronto Star website.

3. How would you correctly search for a definition?

  • You would type “define” followed by the word or phrase you are looking to define. For example, if you are looking for the definition of playing, you would type “define playing” in the search box. Also, if you wanted to look for a variety of definitions of a word or phrase from different online sources, you would type “define:” followed by the word or phrase.

4. How would you search for a specific product available within a specific price range?

  • You would type the type of product followed by the lowest number of the price range, two periods, and then the highest number of the price range. For example, if you wanted to search for all PlayStation 4’s between the prices of $400 and $500, you would type “PlayStation 4 400..500” in the search box.

5. How would you search for a specific filetype?

  • You would have to type “filetype:” followed by the type of file you are looking for. For example, if you are looking for jpg files on Google, you would type “filetype: jpg” in the search box.

6 . How would you include or ignore words in your search?

  • If you want to include common words in your search such as the and &, enclose them in quotations if they are necessary to your search. For example, if you want to search for things on the movie “The Lion King”, type “the” lion king in the search box. It does not matter whether the words you search for are capitalized or not.
  • If you want to ignore words in your search, put a dash in front of the word you want to be ignored. For example, if you want Google to bring up search results that exclude the word “cat”, you would type “-cat” in the search box.

7. How would you find related pages?

  • You would type “related:” followed by the website address. For example, if you are on the NHL’s website and want to search for other webpages about hockey, you would put “related: http://www.nhl.com” in the search box.

8. How would you find a topic, searching all available synonyms of a word?

  • You would have to put the tilde sign “~” in front of the word you are looking for the synonyms for. For example, if you are looking for the topic of food by searching for food and all of its synonyms, you would put “~food” in the search box.

9. How would you find the time in another country?

  • You would type “time” followed by the country you are looking for the time in. For example, if you are looking for the current time in China, you would type “time China” in the search box.

10. How would you find out how many Egyptian pounds you get for $20 Canadian dollars?

  • You would type “20 CAD in EGP” in the search box.
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