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Refine Your Web Searches - Get Better Results

Ever search for something on Google or MSN and get way too many results that have nothing to do with what you wanted? Writer Sarah Milstein recently taught me that you can prevent this by filtering out unwanted query results through more specific search tactics.

It's actually incredibly simple and will save you the time of combing though results. All you have to do is type the minus (-) sign in front of a word or phrase to search for web pages that don't include the negated term. For more help, just

For example, every time I search "Beverly Hills 90210" I get a ton of results for "Dr. 90210." This is fine, only I want to know obscure trivia about the hit 90's show "Beverly Hills 90210," and not about the current E! show. So, I simply refine my search to "Beverly Hills 90210 -Dr." and I get the results I'm looking for. This works for narrowing down practically any search. My online life has been forever changed.

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PoohBare PoohBare 9 years
I forgot to add, you can also do more than one (-). Example: Beverly Hills 90210 -dr -tori
PoohBare PoohBare 9 years
This also works on sites like ebay.
Neural Neural 9 years
Huh. Never knew this. Great tip, Geek! Thanks!
GolferGirl GolferGirl 9 years
I can usually find what I'm looking for but I could be better.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 9 years
This is such a great tip -- and it really works wonders.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
Wow...for once you made ME feel smart. I've known about that since I've known about web searches!!!! LOL, don't feel bad, though, you still know way more than me about most everything else.
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