Search Tricks: Find a Specific Word

SearchThe internet is literally a wide world of information, and sorting through it all can be difficult if not impossible.  This post will be the first in a mini-series on “Search Tricks”.  Before you know it you’ll be searching like a pro.


Scenario:  You know you had an email message where you were talking about classic cars with your college buddy, but you can’t seem to find it anywhere and it’s driving you nuts.  Well don’t strap on the straight jacket just yet, there is hope.

Many people never realize that the email search can return results of more than just sender’s name or subject line.  You can search for any word that you remember being in the message.  For instance you can search for “Trans-Am” to find that email from your college buddy, or “Black Forrest” to find your moms cake recipe she emailed last month.

Give it a try!


Ctrl+FLets say you’re on a webpage and you want to find a specific word on the page.  Use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+F” to open the browser’s search function.  Now you can enter any word you want to find on the page.  This little trick also works within most word processing programs like Microsoft Word.  In fact, it can be used to find and replace text in such programs.

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You may have been frustrated by searching for a word on Google, or any other search engine, and found that it made an assumption that you misspelled the word or meant something else.  You can avoid this frustration all together by surrounding your search with “quotation marks”.  This basically tells the search engine that you don’t need it to interpret what you meant because you specifically want to see results for exactly what you typed.

And if you’re having trouble, Call and we’ll come to the rescue!

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