Having trouble finding what you want in your searches? Keep in mind that the quality of your results depends a lot on the words that you use to search. Here are some tips to make every search more effective:
Make sure that you spell search words correctly. Remember to leave a space between each word in your query.
Use words that you would expect to find in the websites that you’re looking for during your search.
Use the OR (A search keyword that you can use to find results that contain either of the search terms that you specify.) and NOT (A search keyword that you can use to find results that don’t contain a search term you specify.) keywords to combine or exclude words. For example, if you use tree NOT evergreen, you will get results for trees but not for evergreen trees. This feature is currently available only in select countries and regions.
Vary your search terms for different results. A different word or phrase will return different search results. Try using fewer descriptive words, or try words that have a different but similar meaning. For example, try alloy instead of metal or steel.
Search for exact phrases by placing the search words within quotation marks. For example “short evergreen tree”.
Click a category to see only the results associated with that category. A list of categories may appear at the top of the search results.
Use Instant Answers (Instant Answers can recognize popular search terms to offer immediate, useful answers to everyday questions or topics of interest. You can find answers to many types of questions by typing your question in the search box.) keywords to focus your search. For example, to learn the definition of a word, type define, followed by the word you want to define. For more information, see Find instant answers. This feature is currently available only in select countries and regions.
Basic searches aren’t case sensitive.
Common words, such as a, and, and the are ignored unless you use quotation marks around them. For example, “a” car “and” car, or “the” car.
If your search includes a date, type the name of the month instead of the calendar number.
You don’t have to type the word AND between your search words. By default, all searches are AND (A search keyword that you can use to find results that contain all the search terms you specify.) searches.
You can type up to 150 characters, including spaces, in the search box.