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Boost your search engine savvy

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Make your Web searches easier on yourself with these four search tips from Macworld senior contributor Joe Kissell.

  1. Take advantage of advanced search. In Google, after you’ve typed in a basic search term, click the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the results page to narrow your search.
  2. Use different search engines. You have multiple search engines at your disposal, so use them! Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask.com and DuckDuckGo all prioritize pages differently.
  3. Consider a metasearch. If you’re constantly doing research online, try DevonAgent Pro. It’s a site that will query many search engines simultaneously to find the overlap in search re­sults and summarize by concept for you.
  4. Calculate, convert, define and more. Google can handle calculations (try 104 * 36.8), currency conversions (185 dollars in euros), time-zone conversions (time in Paris), weather forecasts (weather San Diego), word definitions (define: pedantic) and more.

— Adapted from “Ten Essential Tips for Searching the Web,” Joe Kissell, Macworld.

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