Finding the information you want on the Internet

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Finding the information you want on the Internet

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The Internet contains a vast collection of information, but finding what you are looking for can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help you search the web more effectively. Use the Instant Search box

In the Internet Explorer Instant Search box , located to the right of the Address bar, type a keyword or phrase and then press ENTER (or press ALT+ENTER to display the search results in a new tab). Thiswill search for the phrase you typed by using your default search provider.

Use the Address bar
In the Internet Explorer Address bar, type Find, Go, or ? followed by a keyword, website name, or phrase, and then press ENTER. This will quickly search the Internet using your default search provider and display the results in the current window. If you want the search results to display in a new tab, press ALT+ENTER after typing the phrase.

Use more than one search provider
If you do not find what you're looking for with a particular search provider, you can search using a different one.

Internet Explorer's Instant Search box lets you add additional search providers and switch between them to improve your search results.

To learn how to use different search providers, install new search providers, or change the search provider that Internet Explorer uses by default, click Related Topics. Search more efficiently Here are a few ideas for improving the results of searches Use specific words rather than generic categories. For example, instead of searching for dogs, search for a specific breed of dog.

Use quotation marks to search for specific phrases. Surrounding terms with quotation marks limits the search results to only those webpages that contain the exact phrase you've specified. Without the quotation marks, the results will include any page that contains the words you've used, regardless of what order those words are in.

Use the minus (-) sign before a keyword to tell search providers to exclude pages with that term. Using a minus sign will retrieve webpages that do not include the word. It's important not to include any spaces between the signs and the search terms (for example, -Bogart, not - Bogart).

Eliminate common words such as a, my, or the, unless you're looking for a specific title. If the word is part of something you're looking for (a song title, for example), include the common word and surround the phrase with quotation marks.

Use synonyms or alternative search terms. Be creative or use a thesaurus for ideas. Type thesaurus in the Instant Search box to find an online thesaurus.

Search only a specific website or domain. Type the search term you're looking for followed by site: and the address of the website you want to search to narrow the search to that specific site. For example, to search Microsoft.com for information about viruses, type virus site: www.microsoft.com.

Use a specialty search engine or provider, such as MSN Image search, to look for pictures. Many websites offer their own special searches for anything from shopping to hobbies. Internet Explorer can detect specialty search providers on some websites, which you can add to your list of search providers

Note
Press CTRL+E to quickly put your cursor in the search box.

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