Making Search Relevant and Recent (Getting Help that Helps!)

Often, when people search for information on the web, they put search terms into Google and click search. This is especially relevant to searching for solutions to software problems as you want the solution to apply to the version of software that you currently have (if you have the most up-to-date version).

Unfortunately, this general search method gives you a very large selection of web pages as a result, and not all of these will be relevant to your search term, or your software.

Now I’m not going to teach you how to refine your search term. There are a number of websites that do this really well, and I’ve listed some of these at the end of this post. However when dealing with software, often you want to have the latest information that is out there, and that can be done on google with a very simple tweak.

Go to Google and enter in your search terms. On the resulting search, immediately under the search box, you should see the option to click on ‘Search tools’. You then:

(1) Click on ‘Search tools’, then

(2) Click on ‘Any time’, and then

(3) Select the time for which you want to limit the search. Eg. ‘Past month’ or ‘Past year’.
When looking for solutions for software problems, I usually select ‘Past year’ as I am after solutions for software versions that were released within the last year.


Now if you want to refine your search terms further, try these tutorials and tips:

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