How to use 'search' (Google) and get what you want.

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I noticed lately...I put will put in the exact words from old posts I quoted. Page after page - no hits.

I found this from 2017

How to Search Google Like a Pro: 11 Tricks You Have to Know
How to Search Google Like a Pro: 11 Tricks You Have to Know


Exact Words and Phrases
One of the most basic and widely known search tricks is using quotation marks to search for an exact phrase. For example, perform the following search and you’ll only get pages that contain the word “Hello” followed by the word “World.”


Excluding a Word

The minus sign allows you to specify words that shouldn’t appear in your results. For example, if you’re looking for pages about Linux distributions that don’t mention Ubuntu, use the following search:

Site Search

The site: operator allows you to perform a search in a specific site. Let’s say you’re looking for information on Windows 7 on How-To Geek. You could use the following search
site:howtogeek.com windows 7

Related Words

The tilde (~) operator is the opposite of enclosing a single word in quotes — it searches for related words, not just the word you type. For example, if you ran the following search, you’d find search results with words similar to “geek”:
~geek

The Wildcard

The asterisk (*) is a wildcard that can match any word. For example, if you wanted to see what companies Google has purchased and how much they paid, you could use this search:
“google purchased * for * dollars”​
Time Ranges

A little-known search operator allows you to specify a specific time range. For example, use the following search to find results about Ubuntu from between 2008 and 2010:

ubuntu 2008..2010

File Type

The filetype: operator lets you search for files of a specific file type. For example, you could search for only PDF files.

filetype:pdf how to geek

One Word or the Other

The “OR” operator lets you find words that contain one term or another. For example, using the following search will pull up results that contain either the word “Ubuntu” or the word “Linux.” The word “OR” must be in uppercase.
ubuntu OR linux

Word Definitions

You don’t have to Google a word and look for a dictionary link if you want to see its definition. Use the following search trick and you’ll see an inline definition:

define:word

Calculator

Use Google instead of pulling one out or launching a calculator app. Use the +, -, * and / symbols to specify arithmetic operations. You can also use brackets for more complicated expressions. Here’s an example:

(4 + 2) * (6 / 3)

Unit Conversions

The calculator can also convert between units. Just type “X [units] in [units]”. Here’s an example:
5 nautical miles in kilometers

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Combine these search operators to create more complex queries. Want to search a specific website for a PDF file, created between 2001 and 2003, that contains a specific phrase but not another phrase? Go ahead.

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As someone who has spent way too much time doing research the MOST important skill to have is to know how to do it by understanding your tools inside and out.

Not only how to use your search engine but how to search articles for specific words and phrases so you don't waste time reading the entire thing.

How to know what sources are valuable and how to find them.

It makes things so much easier and quicker.

Even a site like YouTube has multiple tools for you to use. For instance, with a simple notation you can get a video to play on repeat.

And these are all basic things, it's not getting into programming or a hacker level, just command commands.

And Google is pretty powerful.

Did you know that Google contains multiple search engines depending on what you are looking for and you can specify which one to use. Also, Google.com is the worldwide search engine but there are also nation specific ones that make your searching easier. You simply need to go to the toolbar and select which nation you are searching out of.