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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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