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In another movie we looked at the basics of searching the web with Safari, but there are a couple of other tricks you can use with almost any browser. For example, I'll go into the combined search address field and I'll enter Screencasting with the Mac. I'll then press return to show Google's search page. And you see a lot of different results. Now I'm going to put that same search in quotes and we'll do that search again.
This time it pulls up my very own Screencasting with the Mac course here at lynda.com. So what these quotes do is it forces the search to look for the exact phase that you've created instead of just looking through the various words in the phrase and then pulling up a variety of results. You can also force a search to include a specific word and thus narrow your results by adding a plus to the word. So let's go back and do Screencasting + Breen.
So note that the results include both Screencasting and Breen, so they must include Breen as part of the results. You can also exclude words. So I could have Screencast without Breen, and see we get a bunch of different results, and none of them include Breen. You could also search specific sites, and to do that, you form your search this way. "Site:" the name of the site -- and that would be lynda.com -- space, and then what you're looking for.
So you notice that all the links are to lynda.com. So I've narrowed my search, so only the site for lynda.com is searched for these results. Safari also keeps track of searches that you've recently conducted. So to see them, remove all the text from the address field and then click on the magnifying glass icon, and you'll see Recent Searches. Again, many of these are tricks that you can use with the browser of your choice, and that could be Safari, or Firefox, or Chrome.
Keep them in mind, and you'll find what you want on the web faster and more effectively.
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