Put a tilde (~) in front of a word to search for that word plus the word’s synonyms the any alternative endings for the term as well.
The tilde operator works best when applied to general terms and terms with many synonyms.
2. Search for Images Only
Looking for the perfect picture for your next presentation? Did you know that you can search for images? Just click the Images link or go directly to http://images.google.com
** Don’t forget to make sure you aren’t infringing upon any copyrights.
3. Search for particular types of documents
By using the filetype: operator you can limit your search results to one of the following document types:
- Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
- Microsoft Word (.doc)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt)
- Microsoft Excel (.xls)
- Rich Text Format (.rtf) – this is a text format often used to exchange documents between MS Word and other word processing software.
For example, “confined space entry” filetype:ppt
will result in PowerPoint files containing the exact phrase “confined space entry”
Next week we’ll wrap up our series of search tips with a few resources you can use to learn even more great search tips.