How to use search operators in Google search

You can use some different operators when performing a Google search, to make sure you get the most relevant results.


The not operator lets Google know that you do not want certain results included in the search, for example searching Cambridge not “university” should bring up results about Cambridge but not about Cambridge university.


The or operator means that you can basically search for two sets of keywords at once. For example, you could search for St Neots restaurants or Cambridge restaurants which would bring up restaurants in both St Neots and Cambridge.

Putting quotes around a phrase

If you put quotes around a phrase, Google will only bring up websites that contain that exact phrase. This might be useful if you know exactly which keyword you want, or if you would rather have less results to sort through.

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