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Feel like there's something missing from your life? Just hop on Google, and follow these simple steps to pinpoint whatever you're looking for in a jiffy.

Step 1: Go to Google homepage
Go to Google’s homepage at

Step 2: Type in key words
Type in key words related to your search. Try to be specific without including too many words.

Google generally ignores very common words like 'how.' If a common word is essential to your search, put a plus sign in front of it. Otherwise, just leave it out.

Step 3: Add quotes
Put quotes around any phrase in your search. This tells Google to look for words in a specific order. Quotes are especially helpful with names.

Instead of putting quotes around your phrase, you can do the same thing by putting dashes between the words.

Step 4: Narrow search
Narrow down your search by adding additional words or phrases. Try to think of unusual words that are specific to the thing you’re looking for.

Step 5: Searching range of numbers
To search within a range of numbers, type a low number and high number separated by two periods, with no spaces. For example, if you want to find something between 100 and 200 dollars, type dollar sign-one hundred-dot-dot-dollar sign-two hundred.

Step 6: Use "Advanced Search"
To further refine your search, click 'Advanced Search.' Here you can specify languages, file formats, dates, and other characteristics.

On the Advanced Search page, you can also filter out any results containing 'adult content'—including graphic images or video—by clicking on 'Filter using SafeSearch.'

Step 7: Use different words
If you’re still not finding what you want, start over with different words or phrases.

That’s it—you’ll have what you’re looking for in no time.

Did You Know?
Google was originally known as 'BackRub'—and the first site it ever searched was Google cofounder Larry Page’s homepage at Stanford.

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