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Google Verbatim

November 16th 2011 20:44
Recently Google eliminated the operator from its search tools. Well, that wasn't exactly an operator I'd ever used, I must say, but that's just me. I find that either a straight Google search or one encased in quotation marks suffices for anything I want.

Anyway, they've replaced it with something called 'Verbatim'. Verbatim isn't easy to find, I must say. You have to have a search results page open already, and then, looking down the left side, you'll find at the bottom of the first list, the word 'More.' Click on More and another list will come up, including 'More search tools.' Finally, if you click on that, Verbatim will appear. Seems very long-winded, and to me, if Verbatim was actually that important, it would higher on the list.

I tried it using my name and the word Grimhilda, which is the name of the musical I've written. It comes up without any problem. But then, as far as I can tell, the results are pretty much the same as if I'd used the normal search box.

Seemingly the major difference is that with Verbatim, you'll get what you ask for: not checking of spelling, or any of the following:
personalizing your search by using information such as sites you’ve visited before;
including synonyms of your search terms (matching “car” when you search [automotive]);
finding results that match similar terms to those in your query (finding results related to “floral delivery” when you search [flower shops]);
searching for words with the same stem like “running” when you’ve typed [run]
making some of your terms optional, like “circa” in [the scarecrow circa 1963].

I've been missing out all this time, obviously, by not knowing about that little plus sign. Or have I? Maybe I'm just not fussy enough when it comes to searches. Or perhaps I've now discovered a strikingly efficient tool that I'll use all the time.

We'll see.

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