Quick Tips for Faster Internet Searches

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Hi everyone.  Below are a few simple tips can help you find the answers to your web searches without wading through pages of useless links.  Picked these up from PC World.

Put Quotation Marks Around Your Query:

For example type "air conditioning" instead of air conditioning.  This creates the query as one unit, so all the results have that set of words.  Without the quotes, you'll end up with pages on air quality, hair conditioner etc.

Use the Minus (-) Sign:

This tells the search engines that you do not want a word.  For example Shakespeare - William will pull up pages for Shakespeare with no reference to William.

Get Definitions:

Need a quick definition?  Then type define word.  Google users must type define: word.

Identify The Area Code On An Incoming Call:

Enter the Area Code in the search field to find the city/cities for that number.  Please remember that if the user is calling from a VoIP line, he or she may not be located in that area code's geographical region. 

Quick Weather Updates:

Traveling to Dallas, Texas?  Type in Dallas weather for a fast forecast.

Information Courtesy of

PC World June 2007


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Craig Smith
Re/Max Achievers - Frederick, MD
Frederick MD Real Estate
Thanks! I'm bookmarking this. The first two are very helpful, not sure if I had heard them before.
Sep 14, 2007 03:33 AM #1
Mark Pilatowski
myClosingSPACE - Manhattan, NY

Here, http://www.googleguide.com/category/query-input/, is a great place to learn about additional search query tools as well as a bunch of search operators that can help you find specific information more easily. It is well worth the time to really explore the site because there is a ton of great information there.



Sep 14, 2007 03:41 AM #2
Colorado Springs Real Estate
Colorado Springs, CO


Thanks for the info. I am amazed that I can log in on ActiveRain and learn something new about everyday.

Sep 14, 2007 04:00 AM #3
Michael Tritthart
Keller Williams - Plano, TX
Thanks for the positive responses everyone.  If you have any tech questions or problems (I specialize in KW related tech items but can assist with other items) please let me know.  Have a great weekend.
Sep 14, 2007 04:05 AM #4
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