Do You Find Web Searches Frustrating?

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Do You Find Web Searches Frustrating?

When you go to Google, Bing, or your favorite search page, do you have trouble finding what you are looking for? If so, you are not alone. We all know that there is an extraordinary amount of information on the web, but amidst all of that, how do you find the little piece you need? Check out these suggestions from the NY Times on how to make your web searches more efficient. It includes useful information like this:

SPECIALIZED SEARCHES

      Much has changed since the early days of search engines, and given the vastness of data now available online, knowing a few simple yet powerful shortcuts can pinpoint information more relevant to your search.

      You can dig through the Web for specific kinds of files, for example PowerPoint files related to the Affordable Care Act. In Google use the format filetype:ppt the affordable care act. (The ppt part of the query is the extension for PowerPoint files.) Other popular extensions are docx, xlsx and pdf, for Word, Excel and PDF files. Bing flips the search format — type the affordable care act filetype:ppt.

      Another very useful way to dig for information is to use the prefix site: to search within a site. For example, type site:washingtonpost.com Mitt Romney to get links to articles, blog posts and other references to Mitt Romney that appeared in The Washington Post. Bing reverses the format — type Mitt Romney site:washingtonpost.com.

     To save time, in some instances you can preview information in search results. To preview videos without having to click on them, in the results page of Bing hover over the image of a video and in many cases it will play. And in Google you can see previews of Web pages by moving the cursor to the right of a search result and hovering over a small image of double arrows.

Making the most out of your searches will save you not only a lot of time, but an incredible amount of frustration. If you get to the point where you can’t find out what you need to know, then it might be time to hire a private investigator. At Owens Investigations, we have access to database resources that are not available to the general public. Even more importantly, we know how to sift through information to find the pertinent data, and how to link facts together to find the information that someone else may have wanted to keep hidden. Give us a call today so we can start helping you!

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Keith is the owner and founder of Owens Investigations.

 

 

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