When I worked as an IT network administrator, I trained other employees on using various pieces of software. For over 5 years, I wrote a Software Tip of the Week. I decided to put all of my tips about using Google on this page to help you maximize your search capabilities.
It makes no difference whether you use capitals or lowercase letters. Google will interpret everything as lowercase. For example, searches on Paris, paris and PaRiS will all yield the same results.
If you type more than one word, Google will automatically look for pages that include BOTH words, so you don’t have to type the word and in your search. Keep in mind that the order in which you type the words can make a difference in your results. A search on catacombs vacation might yield some unexpected results!
Many times, however, you will be looking for pages that contain an exact phrase. In those instances, you need to enclose the search phrase in quotes (“). For instance, the search term “Paris Hilton hotel” would enable you to go straight to the site for the world-famous hotel chain without firstseeing tons of pages for the world-famous (ahem) actress.
To exclude a word from your search, just precede it with a dash (-). If you were looking for tickets to unusual museums in Paris, you might enter “Paris museum” tickets -Louvre as your search term.
Sometimes you think you’d have better luck with synonyms. You can get Google to search synonyms by entering a tilde (~) in front of the word. Searching on ~subway Paris will show you results that include the words subway, map, bus, metro, transportation and more.