Improve Google search using advanced search operators

Google it is undoubtedly the best search engine in the world and the data on its diffusion proves it: in Italy it is used by 9 users on 10; sometimes, however, it can happen that the super algorithm used by Google for provide and classify the most relevant results does not satisfy us completely, not showing the information we need or providing too many results to be cleared and excluded individually.

To all this we can add that it is rather rare for a user to use other search engines to fill Google's shortcomings, because often the situation can only get worse: let's see how to use some operators that Google makes available to us for make the results more relevant to our needs, and therefore improve Google search.

Research operators they are simple words to write in the same box used to search in Google (they must be placed before what we want to search), we are going to analyze them in detail in their syntax and their functions:

  • intitle: lists all the results they contain the word in the title of the web page, for example if we look for the word "technology", Google will display a set of sites that contain the word technology in them, using the following syntax instead:

    intitle: Technology

    will shown results which contain the word technology only in the title. In the event that we were to search for a sentence consisting of several words, it would be sufficient to enclose it between 2 superscripts:

    intitle: "technology news"

  • allintitle: the command has the same function as the previous one, with the difference that we can now search several words simultaneously without having to enclose them between the quotes:

    allintitle: technology news

  • INTEXT: this command is also easy to understand, its operation is similar to intitle, in this case, however, the results containing the word will be shown only in the website content and not in the title. (the sentences must be enclosed between the quotes as in the previous case)

    intext: Technology

  • allintext: as for allintitle, search a set of words only in the contents of web sites without having to enclose them in quotes

    allintext: technology news

  • INURL and ALLINURL: now the concept is clear, putting one of these 2 operators before the word or sentence, the results containing it will be shown in the url of the web page (for example www.inthebit.it/tecnologia)

    inurl: Technology
    allinurl: technology news

  • FILETYPE: allows you to search by file type, with the following syntax filetype: [file_ format] [keyword], if you need a guide in PDF that contains the word technology

    filetype: PDF technology

    you can search for any other format (DOC, DOCX, PPT, XLS, JPEG, PNG etc etc), and as usual, in the case of multiple words, they must be enclosed in quotes.

  • SITE: allows to search inside a specific website with the command "site: [urlsitoweb] [keyword]“, For example, to search for all the articles about MIUI present on the site inthebit:

    site: www.inthebit.it miui

  • MOVIE: research all the information on programming in the cinemas of a specific film, movie: [filename] so if we decide to go to the cinema to see american hustle could come in handy

    movie: american hustle

    we will be shown a list of cinemas in our neighborhood that they have in programming the desired film, with the times resort and a perfect integration with Google Maps

  • RELATED: find websites similar or anyway Articles to the one specified “related: [url_sitoweb]", For example, if we wanted to search for alternative shipping agents"Bartolini"Could be useful again

    related: www.bartolini.it

  • WEATHER: finally, another very useful operator is the one that shows the weather conditions of a specific location (in Google Now style), “weather: [location]"For example to know the weather in Milan

    weather: milan

Other suggestions

  • In general, to search for a set of exact words, it is sufficient to enclose the sentence in single quotes even without using any search operator.
  • use the Boolean operator OR (all capitalized) to search for pages that contain only certain words, for example:

    Ubuntu 12.04 OR 12.10

    will provide results related only to ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10, in the same way it is possible to search among 2 possible sentences enclosing them in quotes: "Install ubuntu 12.04" OR "install ubuntu 12.10"

  • Preposing the minus sign (-) to a password, phrase o search operator it will exclude it from the search results: for example, if we wanted to search for information on installing Ubuntu excluding the various videoguides present on youtube will be sufficient:

    install ubuntu -site: www.youtube.com

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