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  • re the "Internet Search" thread

    dp mentioned using a "-pattern -pattern" option.

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

  • #2
    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
    Last edited by lazlo; 07-02-2007, 03:28 PM.
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by lazlo
      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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      Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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      • #4
        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).
        Last edited by lazlo; 07-02-2007, 03:56 PM.
        "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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        • #5
          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
          Last edited by dp; 07-02-2007, 04:58 PM.

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          • #6
            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!
            Len

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            • #7
              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.
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