operator is a symbol that modifies the words or numbers around it.
In search, an operator changes your search query – often with drastic results!
These operators can help you tweak, refine, and narrow your search.
There are seven basic operators in Google Search.
Minus symbol (-)excludes words from your search results.
Plus symbol (+)makes sure the word it precedes is used exactly as you entered it.
Tilde symbol (~)includes similar words in your search results.
Boolean "or" (OR)includes one, the other, or both words in your search results.
Dot-dot symbol (..)includes a range of numbers in your search results.
Star or asterisk symbol (*)leaves space for a missing word in your search results.
Double quotes (" ")include only the exact phrase – the exact words in the
exact order you entered them – in your search results.
Can you think of particular examples when these search operators could help
- Exclusion (-)
- Inclusion (+)
- Similar Words (~)
- Multiple Words (OR)
- Number Range (..)
- Fill-in-the-Blank (*)
- Exact Phrase (» «)