Tips and Tricks – Save Time On Internet Searches

Unless you have a Library Science degree, you may have to wade through useless web pages whenever you use a search engine. Here are some easy tips to help you find more useful information in less time.

  1. Use the minus sign to eliminate common results that aren't what you want. For example, if you want to look up California biking but not mountain biking, search for California biking -mountain.
  2. Use quotation marks to get exact matches. Search for "cell phone reviews" instead of cell phone reviews. Using quotation marks will only bring up results for the exact phrase; omitting them will bring up pages that have the terms PC and reviews anywhere on the page.
  3. Ask for definitions. If your search is define contango you'll get pages which do just that. For Google you need a colon, so you'd type define:contango.
  4. Be specific. A detailed, but simple search query will usually bring highly relevant results. For example, instead of searching for auto parts, look for 1988 Volkswagen Rabbit muffler. Instead of weather report, try San Diego weather.

About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.


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