How to Search for Exactly What You Want with Google

Because people can be a little vague and also don’t always spell things correctly, Google search has algorithms that try to figure out what you are actually looking for. So when you enter a search query, Google will try to be “helpful” and will modify or add to your search terms in ways that are described at this Google blog

Google’s help is not always wanted, however, and Google has a new search feature called “Verbatim” that is being rolled out over the next few days. If you do a verbatim search, Google will use the exact search terms you enter and won’t try to second-guess you. The Verbatim tool is listed under “More search tools” (figure below).

More information: Google announcement

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by Luvntravln on 16. November 2011 - 19:26  (83396)

Is there a place within Gizmo that you can request to receive by email all comments posted to an article/subject that you posted to/subscribed to? Are there those types of profile choices?

by Teri Greene (not verified) on 17. November 2011 - 0:00  (83410)

If Gizmo doesn't have such an option, www.changedetection.com does -- for any website. Copy the URL of the page with the article and comments, then go to changedetection.com and paste the URL, give them your email address, and title your request if you like. They'll send you an email every time the page changes.

This works great, most of the time. Occasionally a minor change to the page will happen and you'll get an alert even though there's no new comment. I have changedetection alerts for 20 or 30 pages.

by Luvntravln on 16. November 2011 - 19:22  (83395)

1. How do you change the default to leave all of the search terms visible. Each time I do a search they close to a minimalistic view.

2. I am in Australia and I used to be able to have an Australia specific Google search; where did this feature go to; if you know!?

Thanks for a great site and lots of wonderful suggestions/tips!!

by AK (not verified) on 16. November 2011 - 22:53  (83408)

Make sure you are using www.google.com.au and not www.google.com. When viewing the search results you should see "Pages from Australia" in the options on the left side of the screen.

by jmaloney on 16. November 2011 - 15:51  (83390)

Thanks v.laurie! Many months ago Google made a change that I only discovered by deduction when many of my searches no longer worked properly. I was frequently frustrated by going to search result pages that didn't include my search terms. Hopefully the verbatim feature will give me the results I want again.

Jon

by Rory Binkerd (not verified) on 16. November 2011 - 14:57  (83386)

From the Google blog:

"You can access the verbatim search tool under “More search tools” on the left-hand side."

The left side of what? I can't find anything on the left side like what is described in the blog.

by Rory Binkerd (not verified) on 16. November 2011 - 15:45  (83389)

figured it out. you have to do a search first and then choose ther verbatim method

by HipposRule (not verified) on 16. November 2011 - 14:04  (83382)

At last - and it's available in the UK already

by Anonymous453 (not verified) on 16. November 2011 - 7:35  (83371)

Fantastic! Works really well. I was able to find many lost articles on Google about myself - all I had to type was my name in quotation marks and it narrowed it right down to what I wanted.

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