Simple Tips for More Exact Searches
Searches are case insensitive. Searching for "Fur" will match the lowercase
"fur" and uppercase "FUR".
By default, all searches are accent insensitive as well, but administrators
can change this setting. Accent sensitivity relates to Latin characters
Including or excluding words:
To make sure that a specific word is always included in your search topic,
place the plus (+) symbol before the key word in the search box. To make
sure that a specific word is always excluded from your search topic, place
a minus (-) sign before the keyword in the search box.
Example: To find recipes for cookies with oatmeal but without
raisins, try "recipe cookie +oatmeal -raisin".
Expand your search using wildcards (*):
By typing an * within a keyword, you can match up to four letters.
Example: Try wish* to find wish, wishes, or wishful.
Searching for web addresses:
If your search term is a URL, like "http://www.yahoo.com/", some search
engines will redirect you directly to the URL. To avoid this behavior, and
do an actual search with the URL as the search term, enclose the URL in
Fancy Features for Typical Searches
You can search more than just text. Here are all of the other ways you can
search on the net:
Finds pages that link to the specified address, or a substring of it. Use link:microsoft.com to find all pages linking to Microsoft sites. Note: this feature is not implemented on all search engines.
Finds pages that contain the specified text in any part of the page other than an image tag, link, or URL. The search text:cow9 would find all pages with the term cow9 in them.
Finds pages that contain the specified word or phrase in the page title (which appears in the title bar of most browsers). The search title:Elvis would find pages with Elvis in the title.
Finds pages with a specific word or phrase in the URL. Use url:altavista to find all pages on all servers that have the word altavista in the host name, path, or filename - the complete URL, in other words.