Now comes the "Advanced" search through Google. This type of search uses certain query words and special punctuation to bring up a more specific type of result. Some of these are technical, while others are pretty basic, such as searching for the weather in a specific area. You could type "weather:Big Bear," and your results page would reveal all the weather pages found for Big Bear. Another common one is searching for a definition. Type "define: souffle," and you will receive the exact definition of soufflé at the top and additional dictionary sites.
Here is a list of alternate query types:
- cache: - Google will highlight the words typed after cache within the cached document
- link: - will list web pages that have links to the specified web page
- related: - will list web pages similar to the specified web page
- info: - will list information that Google has about that web page
- stocks: - Google will treat the rest of the query terms as stock ticker symbols (you must type the ticker symbols, not the company name)
When you are looking for a specific type of search result, the most proficient way to do so is by using Google's advanced search tools. Do not waste time by just typing in a few keywords and rummaging through thousands of results. Think about what you actually need, and then use the proper query word or punctuation needed.