Tech Tuesday: Shortcuts for searching

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by SHANNON POWELL HART

WFAA

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 10:07 AM

Searching for something specific is always a hit or miss situation on the web. A few tricks and tips will help trim down the time that this process takes.

1.    Finding New Stories- when you are searching for a story you want to find, putting a year and date in the search terms will help with the results. Google will allow you search from within the past hour or year for dates. You can also customize your search. BING will allow you to check stories within 24 hours.

2.    Search using a specific phrase- When we try this, put the phrase or term in quotes. 


3.    Eliminating a term - This tip work when you get a large number of results for a term. For example, if you want to search for George, but you know you do not want George Bush, we would type George and place the minus sign in front of Bush. A number of other George’s will come up.

4.    Archived stories- Use Internet Wayback Machine to find a publication or a story that has been taken down. It works simply by  entering the web address, then the timeframe or year the story appeared. You can browse the website all the way back to 1996.

5.    Solving a math problems- Put an equation in the search bar and it voila, the answer will appear when you hit search or enter. This helps with the homework or advanced math problems. 2 + 4, hit search and there you have it

6.    Looking up a word- Enter the word "define" and then the word you want defined/ When you hit enter, the word's definition will appear on the screen. This trick will save you a time when checking out a definition.
 
There are ways to search using an image, but it is not easy to use on the iPad or a tablet.
For more tips and tricks go to Google’s tips and tricks or with BING go into search focus.

E-mail spowellL@wfaa.com

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