This is the second in a series of three tips on better searching with Google. If you missed the first one you can check them it here: Part 1
- Use the ~ symbol to search for synonyms:
Put a tilde (~) in front of a word to search for that word plus the word’s synonyms the any alternative endings for the term as well.
For example, ~inexpensive will return “inexpensive,” “cheap,” “affordable,” and “low cost” while ~run matches “run,” “runner’s,” “running,” as well as “marathon”
The tilde operator works best when applied to general terms and terms with many synonyms.
- Search for Images Only
Looking for the perfect picture for your next presentation? Did you know that you can search for images? Just click the Images link or go directly to
* Don’t forget to make sure you aren’t infringing upon any copyrights.
In an upcoming issue we’ll give you lots of other great resources for finding photos & clip art.
- Search for particular types of documents
By using the filetype: operator you can limit your search results to one of the following document types:
* Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
* Microsoft Word (.doc)
* Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt)
* Microsoft Excel (.xls)
* Rich Text Format (.rtf)
For example, “confined space entry” filetype:ppt
will result in PowerPoint files containing the exact phrase “confined space entry”
Next week we’ll wrap up this series of searching tips with a few resources you can use to learn even more great search tips.