If you're just typing words into the search bar, you need to know these secrets.

1. Use quotation marks

If want to search for a particular phrase consisting of two or more words, enclose them in quotation marks. Google will then only return results matching the complete phrase.

2. Remove unwanted terms with a dash

Another good way to narrow down your results is to exclude unwanted results. Using a dash or minus sign will exclude the term you don't want from the results.

3. Use tilde to find a keyword and synonyms

If you're looking for a whole slew of similar terms, you don't have to list all those keywords out in a query. Instead, you can use the tilde (~) symbol to include results with synonyms of that word. Using the tilde can widen your search and pull additional results that wouldn't necessarily come up otherwise.

Published on: Nov 26, 2018