Searching for a Specific Phrase
You can link words and numbers together into phrases if you want specific words or numbers to appear together in your result pages. If you want to find an exact phrase, use "double quotation marks" around the phrase when you enter words in the search box.
Example #1: To find pages about caribbean dive resorts, type "caribbean dive resorts" in the search box.
You can also create phrases using punctuation or special characters such as dashes, underscore lines, commas, slashes, or dots.
Example #2: Try searching for dive-boats instead of dive boats. The dash links the words together as a phrase.
Simple Tips for More Exact Searches
Searches are case insensitive. Searching for "Scuba" will match the lowercase "scuba" and uppercase "SCUBA".
Including or excluding words:
To make sure that a specific word is always included in your search topic, place the plus (+) symbol before the key word in the search box. To make sure that a specific word is always excluded from your search topic, place a minus (-) sign before the keyword in the search box.
Example: To find pages about liveaboards in Thailand but not Malaysia, try "liveaboards +thailand -malaysia".
Expand your search using wildcards (*):
By typing an * within a keyword, you can match up to four letters.
Example: Try safe* to find safe, safety, or safer.
Searching for web addresses:
If your search term is a URL, like "http://www.cdnn.info/", some search engines will redirect you directly to the URL. To avoid this behavior, and do an actual search with the URL as the search term, enclose the URL in double-quotes.
Fancy Features for Typical Searches
You can search more than just text. Here are all of the other ways you can search on the net:
Finds pages that link to the specified address, or a substring of it. Use link:cyberdiver.net to find all pages linking to Cyber Diver sites. Note: this feature is not implemented on all search engines.
Finds pages that contain the specified text in the body of the document. By way of comparison, searches without the "text:" attribute will scan the URL, title, links, and META tags as well as the document body.
Finds pages that contain the specified word or phrase in the page title (which appears in the title bar of most browsers). The search title:CDNN would find pages with CDNN in the title.
Finds pages with a specific word or phrase in the URL. Use url:cdnn to find all pages on all servers that have the word cdnn in the host name, path, or filename - the complete URL, in other words.