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Google is clearly the best general-purpose search engine on the Web (see www.pcmag.com/searchengines But most people don't use it to its best advantage. Do you just plug in a keywor d or two and hope for the best? That may be the quickest way to search, but with more than 3 billion pages in Google's index, it's still a struggle to pare resu lts to a manageable number. But Google is an remarkably powerful tool that can ease and enhance your Interne t exploration. Google's search options go beyond simple keywords, the Web, and e ven its own programmers. Let's look at some of Google's lesser-known options. Syntax Search Tricks Using a special syntax is a way to tell Google that you want to restrict your se arches to certain elements or characteristics of Web pages. Google has a fairly complete list of its syntax elements at www.google.com/help/operators.html . Here are some advanced operators that can help narrow down your search results . Intitle: at the beginning of a query word or phrase (intitle:"Three Blind Mice") restricts your search results to just the titles of Web pages. Intext: does the opposite of intitle:, searching only the body text, ignoring ti tles, links, and so forth. Intext: is perfect when what you're searching for mig ht commonly appear in URLs. If you're looking for the term HTML, for example, an d you don't want to get results such as www.mysite.com/index.html , you can enter intext:html. Link: lets you see which pages are linking to your Web page or to another page y ou're interested in. For example, try typing in link:http://www.pcmag.com Try using site: (which restricts results to top-level domains) with intitle: to find certain types of pages. For example, get scholarly pages about Mark Twain b y searching for intitle:"Mark Twain"site:edu. Experiment with mixing various ele ments; you'll develop several strategies for finding the stuff you want more eff ectively. The site: command is very helpful as an alternative to the mediocre se arch engines built into many sites. Swiss Army Google
For extr a fun. w hich repeats your query.") You'll discover that you can click on each word in your search phra se and get a definition from a dictionary. use rphonebook: for residential listin gs or bphonebook: for business listings. it works best when the word you're searching for can be found in a dict ionary. try Yellow Search (www." underneath the search window will appear a statement such as Searched the web for "three b lind mice.html#calculator) lets you do both math and a variety of conversions from the search box.) If a phone number matches the listing.com) indexes literally millions of messages from decades of discussion on Usenet. try the query "Answer to life the universe and everything. Google Groups (http://groups. which features products from more 6.google. If you'd rather restrict your results. This doesn't always succeed. (The city is optional. But have you ever thought of using Google outside your browser? Google Alert (www. Suppose you want to contact someone and don't have his phone number handy.com/google/yellowsearch.com). If you'd rather use a search form for b usiness phone listings.google. and state. Once you search for a properly spelled word. look at the results page. yo u'll see it at the top of the search results along with a map link to the addres s. too.googlealert. but you must enter a state. (If you're searching for "three blind mice.google. city. the new calculator feature (www.com/options/index.google. For example. Just enter a name. Goo gle even helps you with your shopping via two tools: Froogle CODE (http://froogle.html You're probably used to using Google in your browser." Let Google help you figure out whether you've got the right spelling and the right word for your search.shtml). Extended Googling Google offers several services that give you a head start in focusing your searc h. Enter a misspelled word or phrase into the query box (try " thre blund mise") and Google may suggest a proper spelling.Google has a number of services that can help you accomplish tasks you may never have thought to use Google for.google.buzztoolbox. An d this only scratches the surface.com). which indexes products from online stores.000 paper catalogs in a searchable index.com) . Googl e can help you with that. and Google Catalogs CODE (http://catalogs. You can get a complete list of Google's tools and services at www.com/help/features.
The Google API Web Search by Host (GAWSH) lists the Web hosts of the results for a given query (www.navy. T hough some operators can't be mixed (you can't use the link: operator with anyth ing else) many can be. CapeMail is an e-mail search application that allows you t o send an e-mail to google@capeclear. two must be better. If one special syntax element is good. The mplicated: You URL or linked on the triangle next to each host. When you click that host.researchbuzz. Click on the triangle next to an URL to get a list of pages linked or related to that particular URL.staggernation. this is a very handy address to know.staggernation. you get a list of results for Google API Relation Browsing Outliner (GARBO) is a little more co enter a URL and choose whether you want pages that related to the to the URL (www. Read the Rules .usno.faganfinder.shtml or www.re it s. quickly narrowing your results to a less overwhelming num ber.gif No Active Links. You c find converters on the Web (such as CODE http://aa. More Google API Applications Staggernation.gif ).com/garbo/).com/gawsh/). t.com with the text of your query in the subj ect line and get the first ten results for that query back.Edit by Ninja excl. not standard Gregorian dates. .com/toolbox/goofresh. an that results will have fresh content (by using recent dates).mil/data/docs/JulianDate. right? Sometimes.com offers three tools based on the Google API.shtml . but if your cell phone does e-mail and doesn't do Web b rowsing. Maybe it's not somet hing you'd do every day.html excl. or you can use to avoid a topic's current-news blizzard and concentrate only on older result Daterange: is actually more useful if you go elsewhere to take advantage of i because daterange: requires Julian dates.com/engines/googl e. but an easier way is to do a Google daterange: search by filling in a form at www.