A-B Tech InfoBase

We're here to help you find quick answers to common questions. Use the search box to look up key words or browse through the categories below.
Can't find what you're looking for? Click here to email us your question or call us at (828) 398-7900.

How to Perform Advanced Google Searches

How to Perform Advanced Google Searches


Instructions on how to use Google Advanced Search features


1. To search for a word definition, add the word after “define”

     Example: define nagware

2. To search within a specific site, add “:site.top-level-domain” after the search phrase/word without the quotes.

     Example: free college tuition:msnbc.com

3. To search for an exact phrase, place double quotes around the phrase.

     Example: “database software”

4. To eliminate results containing a certain word, add before the search “ – word-to-be-excluded” without the quotes.

     Example: transformers –movie

5. To include a certain word, add before the search “ +word-to-be-included” without the quotes.

     Example: cars +Toyota

6. To find similar words, add “~” before the word.

     Example: marketing ~professional

7. To find social tags, start with “@”

     Example: @startrek

8. To find popular hashtags for trending topics, start with “#”

     Example: #sarcasm

9. To add unknown words to a search phrase, add an asterisk as a placeholder.

     Example: an * a day keeps the * away

10. To get a range of numbers, separate them with “..”

     Example: presidents 2004..2014

11. To find pages that link to a certain page, type before the page “link:” without the quotes.

     Example: link:wlos.com

12. To find similar sites, type before the search “related:” without the quotes.

     Example: related:abtech.edu

13. To reverse search an image, go to “http://images.google.com” and drag & drop the image from your computer into the search box. You may want to make your browser window smaller, click Restore Down on the upper right corner, so you have access to the desktop.

     Example: Drag and drop image here.

14. To compare foods, use “vs.”

     Example: rice vs. lentils

15. To activate a calculator, type in any mathematical expression.

     Example: 192*28

16. To search news archives going back to the mid-1880s (offered by Google), follow the link:


17. To find a listed phone number owner, type “phonebook:number”

     Example: phonebook:555-555-5555*
     *You have to use a real number for this to work.

To see more, go Here

Attached Files (1)
Related Articles RSS Feed
About the A-B Tech HelpDesk
Added on Fri, Mar 28, 2014
How to Print Multiple PowerPoint Slide Notes On a Single Page
Added on Tue, Feb 7, 2017
Student Finance Self-Service
Added on Thu, Jul 20, 2017
View Financial Aid Status Online
Added on Fri, Oct 24, 2014
View Unofficial Transcript Online
Added on Fri, Oct 24, 2014
View Your Educational Plan
Added on Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Finding Books In the Book Store by Class Number
Added on Tue, Aug 1, 2017
Navigation on a Mac
Added on Thu, Jan 15, 2015
Sign Up for Text Alerts in WebAdvisor (Students)
Added on Wed, Feb 5, 2014
Learn Mouse Skills
Added on Thu, Jan 22, 2015