|Computer & Internet FAQ - Tips and Tricks|
following questions were asked during the Internet Search Techniques Course:
How can I add a
specific web page to my list of Favorites?
certain words are being ignored by the search engine, how can I get them included in my
When you run a search in, say, Google for:
"la vie en rose"
Google will inform you that the words "la" and "en" were ignored in the search. This is because these words are either very common words or stop words (words that have a special meaning to the search engine, as do Boolean operators).
To force the search engine to accept these words in your search, put a "+" in front of each word. In Google you would therefore be searching for:
"+la +vie +en +rose"
1) Using Google
If the page that you are looking for has been indexed by Google, then you will be able to find a previous copy of the page in Google's cache (a copy of the page stored on Google's server).
When you run a search in Google, you will get a list of results. If you happen to click on one of these and obtain a message telling you that the page no longer exists, click on "Cached" (or "Im Archiv") to obtain a previous copy of the page (not necessarily up-to-date), which Google has stored in its cache.
If you were searching for the page in question using a different
search engine, you may still be able to make use of Google's cache feature (if
the page is in Google's index):
If the page is available, click on Cache in the results list to view a previous copy.
If you then need to navigate on the page in Google's cache, copy the destination URL of the link that you wish to visit and carry out a new search as described above.
2) Using the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine
Paste the entire URL in question into the search box and you will find a list of copies (throughout the years) of the page in question (providing it is in the archive).
Not automatically: To specify a particular combination of lower case and upper case letters, you need to enclose your word or phrase in quotation marks ("...").
E.g. (in Altavista's basic search:)
To use this method without having to type or copy the text above each time:
ALTERNATIVELY, simply open THIS BLANK PAGE and add
it to your Favorites (Favorites/Add to Favorites), naming it for example "Page last
updated on..." by overwriting the existing text
Internet Explorer allows you to search the internet directly from the browser's address bar. All you have to do is enter:
go, find or ?
followed by the word you are looking for and then hit
This will take your query directly to Microsoft's search engine MSN, where a RealNames
search technology called RealSearch is used to find the website you are
Example: google polydron
This will perform a search in your favourite search
engine, reducing the amount of clicks and typing in carrying out your search.
(in Internet Explorer) If you wish to bookmark the page youre currently viewing for easy access in the future, simply go to the Favorites pull-down menu and select Add to Favorites.
Simply click on OK to put the site in the top level of your favorites list. Alternatively, select Create in>> if you want to create categories to organize your collection of Web sites. For example, you might create a Recipes folder to store all your links to food and recipe sites. You might then create a Desserts folder within the Recipes folder for references to after-dinner delights. Either click on an existing folder, or create a new one by clicking on New Folder and typing in a name.
To get to a page from your favorites list you can either
use the Favorites pull-down menu and click on the page you want, or you can click
on the large Favorites button to bring up a panel in the left-hand side with your
favorites listed in it.
Yes, this is possible with what is known as "push technology".
There are basically two ways to do this:
1) Subscribe to web pages through your browser
If theres a page you visit often, you may find it useful to subscribe to it. This means that your computer can check that page automatically and tell you if anythings changed on it. You can even arrange for your computer to email you to notify you of changes, or download the page, ready for offline viewing later.
Other page alert services include:
Example: To find out which pages have been created or modified on the website www.siemens.com since 1.1.2001, go to Altavista's Advanced Search and enter the following search criteria:
presupposes that the pages you are looking for have been indexed by
Altavista. Any pages that are not in Altavista's index will not be available with this