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QSIMDO
07-02-2007, 03:19 PM
dp mentioned using a "-pattern -pattern" option.

Would dp or someone elaborate on that please?
Never heard of it.

lazlo
07-02-2007, 03:25 PM
If you want to exclude a pattern from your search results, type "-pattern"

so: Google:

high-speed steel -Enco

... will give you search results without the term "Enco" in the page.

You can also add mandatory search terms with "+"

Google:

high-speed steel -Enco +CPM

...will give you search results without the phrase "Enco" and with the phrase "CPM"

More details here:

http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/basics.html

John Stevenson
07-02-2007, 03:35 PM
If you want to exclude a pattern from your search results, type "-pattern"

so: Google:

high-speed steel -Enco

... will give you search results without the term "Enco" in the page.

You can also add mandatory search terms with "+"

Google:

high-speed steel -Enco +CPM

...will give you search results without the phrase "Enco" and with the phrase "CPM"

More details here:

http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/basics.html

Surely the fisrt option will give you high and omitt speed steel and enco because there are two --

The second option will give high and CPM ? or will it ?

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lazlo
07-02-2007, 03:54 PM
The Google search engine is smart enough to know that it's a hyphenated search term, and not an exclusion phrase.
So that search above (for high-speed steel) works fine. Try it :)

You can also use "AND" and "OR" keywords:

Google: cobalt or tungsten steel
Google: feeds and speeds

The "AND" term is default, so if you searched "feeds speeds" Google assumes an AND operator, and you get the same results
(In other words, use the "OR" operator to turn off the default "AND" on search terms).

dp
07-02-2007, 04:49 PM
You can also specify a site in the search:
steam site:bbs.homeshopmachinist.net

This will return a lot of hot air from here :)

Edit: You can also exclude sites. For example if you're tired of seeing useless amazon.com and ebay store results, include:
-site:amazon.com -site:ebay.com

QSIMDO
07-02-2007, 09:28 PM
Heh...not a day goes by that I don't learn something here!
Thank you!

Actually, another reason I ask is that I got some spam with a attachment and the message title had several hyphens in it. (??)

Since I rarely if ever use my home email address for anything on the web I burned the message at the stake!

Evan
07-02-2007, 11:31 PM
A few other tips; Google pays no attention to case (capital or lower case), ever. Specific phrases may be searched by enclosing them in quotation marks. Example: "google search tips" will return only those pages that contain that exact phrase. A quoted phrase may be combined with other words and exclusions/inclusions. Google also automatically searches on plural and singular forms whichever is entered.