11 google search tips (sorry, not plastic sheeting tips)

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Source: Global Plastic Sheeting

Sometimes we come across information that we find so useful, that we want to share it with you. Seems the whole world is searching on Google...so let's get the most out of our searches! We hope you find this useful.

1. Explicit Phrase:
Lets say you are looking for content about plastic sheeting.  Instead of just typing plastic sheeting into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes.

2. Exclude Words:
Lets say you want to search for content about plastic sheeting, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term corrugated. To do this, simply use the '-' sign in front of the word you want to exclude.

Example Search: plastic sheeting -corrugated

3. Site Specific Search:
Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn't support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the 'site:somesite.com' modifier.

Example: 'carpet plastic' site:www.globalplasticsheeting.com

4. Word Definitions:
If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the 'define:' command. Word Definitions:

Example: define: Bituminous

5. Similar Words and Synonyms:
Let's say you are want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms. To do this, use the '~' in front of the word.

Example: 'plastic sheeting' ~polyethylene

6. This OR That:
By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator. (Note:  The OR has to be capitalized).

Example: plastic sheeting OR polyethylene sheeting

7. Phone Listing:
Let's say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don't know how it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phone book feature.

Example: phonebook: 805-555-1212

8. Area Code Lookup:
If all you need to do is to look-up the area code for a phone number, just enter the 3-digit area code and Google will tell you where it's from.

Example: 858

9. Numeric Ranges:
This is a rarely used, but highly useful tip. Let's say you want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers.  You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is hard to read, what's between the X and Y are two periods. This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers.

Example: president 1940..1950

10. Stock (Ticker Symbol):
Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term and Google will give you the current financially and a quick thumb-nail chart for the stock.

Example: GOOG

11. Calculator:
The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression in to Google.

Example: 22512 * 1.02

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