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Thread: Google Advanced Search
09-12-2011, 05:49 PM #1
Google Advanced Search
Google is continually improving its search engine. Not only do they work meticulously on the search algorithm change, but also the graphical user interface and its features constantly receive upgrades. Many changes are subtle and thus easily missed. Likewise, many advanced features are well hidden.
In this article I want to direct your focus to the Advanced Search page, which contains many useful search features not available via the left-hand sidebar. This page can make your search a lot easier and more efficient, especially if you can�t be bothered with remembering complicated search operators.
1. Search Images By Region
Image search by region is a new advanced search option. It becomes available when you switch to Images and then open the old Advanced Search windows via the link underneath the search button (magnifying glass).
Here you can filter the results by region
2. Search Videos With Subtitles
The sidebar for Videos search offers many interesting options, for example searching by duration, time uploaded, or source. When you switch to the Advanced Search page, however, you will find several more valuable features, for example searching videos by language or searching only closed captioned videos, i.e. videos with subtitles
Most results are from YouTube, so this search option ultimately highlights a feature offered by YouTube. When you open the video, you will see that it doesn�t contain any traditional subtitles at all. YouTube does, however, provide something called �Interactive Transcript�. Interactive transcripts essentially work like subtitles, only that they are displayed in a separate windows below the video and hence are not visible in full screen view
3. Search With Google SafeSearch Enabled
If you want to avoid adult content on Google, you can turn on the SafeSearch filter. This can be done manually for each and every search or you can make it your default.
To do it manually, switch to Advanced Search, expand the > Date, usage rights, region, and more link and set SafeSearch to > On.
If you are searching for Images, SafeSearch is displayed as the very last option and you can choose from no, moderate, or strict filtering. Other search sub-categories do not offer an individual SafeSearch.
You can also set a cookie to make SafeSearch your default. Google�s Global Preferences page has a Safe Search Filtering section, which offers three settings: no, moderate, or strict filtering.