Search operators are useful when you’re looking for something
specific. For example, you’re hosting a curry
night and need a vegetarian recipe for a picky pal who hates potatoes and would prefer Thai curry to Indian, if possible. Searching for ‘curry recipe’ isn’t going to cut it. In this situation, the first step is to use quotation marks to guarantee that all the recipes are veggiefriendly (curry “vegetarian”). The next problem is that your favourite website isn’t among the results, so you use the site: operator to restrict Google to a single site (site:bbcgoodfood.com). You’re getting there, but there are still a few dreaded potatoes lurking in those results, so you use the ‘-’ operator to filter out all the results that feature this unpopular ingredient (-potato). Even with these operators in place, there are still plenty of recipes for you to choose from, so why not go for the jackpot and specify that the curry must be of the Thai variety? You can also keep your finicky friend happy by adding the intitle: operator (curry recipe “vegetarian” site:bbcgoodfood.com -potato intitle:Thai).