Articles tagged: search

A Google logo in a partially submerged sinking rowboat on the ocean. The scene shows a clear blue sky and calm sea. The rowboat is old and wooden, tilted to one side, taking in water, emphasizing the sense of sinking. The Google logo is prominently displayed on the side of the boat, colorful and contrasting with the natural oceanic background.

Why I’ve Stopped Using Google Search

Google search used to be the winner by far, but recent decreases in its trustworthiness and the improved offerings of other search engines make switching a pragmatic choice.

Searching by Date

Tip of the Day: Search Using Dates

Site Search

Tip of the Day: Site Search

Google Logo

Tip of the Day: Google Is not the Internet

Three different search engines. Take your pick! (Screenshot:

Tip of the Day: Search for It!

Windows Search - Searching for a file

How to Locate a File on Your Computer in Seconds

It’s easy to search for files on your machine. Learn about the settings that dictate which parts of your machine get searched.

Generic Search Results

Two Steps to Better Search Results

Searching the internet is an art of sorts. I’ll share my two-step approach to better search results.

YouTube Search

Tip of the Day: Remember the Second Most Popular Search Engine

Googling Google

The Most Searched-for Term on the Internet

The most searched-for term on the internet tells us something about people’s understanding (or lack of understanding) about how browsers and the internet work.

Searching for something very personal.

“Right to Be Forgotten”: Misguided and Misleading

“The right to be forgotten” is a misleading and ineffectual technique to prevent people from finding information on the internet. Bottom line: it can’t work.

Google Search

It’s Important You Know: There Are Ads in Search Results

It’s absolutely critical you learn to recognize the difference between advertisements and actual search results.

Google cache:

Tip of the Day: Search Google’s Cache

Google, the search engine

Tip of the Day: Google is a Search Engine, not a Reference Source

Time Options in Google Search Results

Why Do Search Results Not Have Dates?

Google’s search tools can help you find websites that have been tagged with particular dates. But be cautious; dates may not mean what you think.

Google Search

The Most Important Skill You Can Improve

If I could have you prioritize one thing to improve your online experience, this would be it.

Avoiding Tech Support Scams

What do you do when you suddenly find yourself on the phone with a scammer? Step One: Be Skeptical!

A Vague Search

Tip of the Day: Be Both General and Specific When You Search

When searching the internet, be both general and specific, and not too much of either.

Command Line Search

Tip of the Day: Searching Via the Command Prompt

Using the Command Prompt can often be quicker and clearer than Windows’ own built-in search function.

Just START Typing

Tip of the Day: Just Start Typing

One small change to how the Start menu works, coupled with the increased power of Windows Search, and you might find yourself leaving significant parts of the Windows UI behind.

Right clicking on a link

Where Do Downloads Go?

Downloading a file from the internet is easy – typically just a click or two. But knowing and controlling where downloads go takes a little more effort.

Welsh National War Memorial

Searching precisely

Start broad and refine is typically the best search strategy, unless you have something very specific to look for. I’ll show you how being more specific from the start can lead to finding the exact results you want.


Pulling Fence Posts Using the Internet

So what does the internet really have to do with fence posts? It’s a great example that, among the twerking celebrities and cat memes, we have an incredible wealth of information right at our finger tips. I had a problem, and the internet helped me solve it.

Where is my Outlook “PST” file located?

Outlook’s PST or Personal STore is a single file that holds your email, contacts, and more. You can use Outlook itself to find the location of the file.

Folder with what?

Where is Windows Explorer?

Windows Explorer is everywhere – yet finding Windows Explorer on the Start Menu is actually fairly difficult. We look at where Windows Explorer is, and some of the many other ways you can get to it.