Seek and Ye Shall Find (Part 2)

1.Use the ~ symbol to search for synonyms

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.

For example, ~inexpensive will return “inexpensive,” “cheap,” “affordable,” and “low cost” while ~run matches “run,” “runner’s,” “running,” as well as “marathon”

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


** 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.

2 thoughts on “Seek and Ye Shall Find (Part 2)

  1. Pingback: The art of the screenshot « Tech Skills Tip of the Week

  2. Pingback: #3 Seek & Ye Shall Find (Part 3 of 3) « Work Smarter Not Harder

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s