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How to site search CCO easier?

Introduction

This is a very elementary tip, but it is surprisingly unknown and under-utilised, so here is a basic guide for some extra functionality in Google searches.

It’s useful when:

• a site lacks a good search engine

• when you are more familiar with Google search

• when you wish to search an entire site or sub-directories

• when you wish to find files of a certain type on a site

• getting an overview of the number of pages or items (such as images) on a site.

“site colon” – get an overview of the number, or types of pages on a site.

In a standard google search box, type:

“site:” + [root URL of the site you want to explore]

“Root URL” means the web address without http:// and/or www.

eg. site:cco.us.com

“site colon” + images – see all images on a website

In a standard google search box, type:

“site colon” query

“site:” + [root URL] + [space] + [query]

= every reference to query on the website.

eg. [site:cco.us.com %s] then you’ve got every reference to %s on cco.

“site:” + [root URL of the site you want to explore]

Click the images link (for google images), and you’ll see all images on the site.

Add “site colon” to your search engines

(instructions for Google Chrome for now, until further research to see how it applies to other browsers)

  1. Do a site: search for an unusual distinctive character eg.∆
  2. Copy the URL
  3. In your browser’s options (settings, preferences) find it’s search engines.
  4. Paste the URL in the appropriate place and replace your character with the required character (eg. %s for Chrome)
  5. Set a shortcut for the search using a sequence of characters that you know you probably won’t search for (eg. scsc)
  6. When you find a site that you wish to search, copy it’s root URL.
  7. Open a new page or tab.
  8. Type your character. It sequence will immediately switch to a site: search engine.
  9. Paste in the URL (with or without a search term separated by a space) and hit enter.

Introduction

This is a very elementary tip, but it is surprisingly unknown and under-utilised, so here is a basic guide for some extra functionality in Google searches.

It's useful when:

• a site lacks a good search engine

• when you are more familiar with Google search

• when you wish to search an entire site or sub-directories

• when you wish to find files of a certain type on a site

• getting an overview of the number of pages or items (such as images) on a site.

"site colon" - get an overview of the number, or types of pages on a site.

In a standard google search box, type:

"site:" + [root URL of the site you want to explore]

"Root URL" means the web address without http:// and/or www.

eg. site:cco.us.com

"site colon" + images - see all images on a website

In a standard google search box, type:

"site colon" query

"site:" + [root URL] + [space] + [query]

= every reference to query on the website.

eg. [site:cco.us.com %s] then you've got every reference to %s on cco.

"site:" + [root URL of the site you want to explore]

Click the images link (for google images), and you'll see all images on the site.

Add "site colon" to your search engines

(instructions for Google Chrome for now, until further research to see how it applies to other browsers)

  1. Do a site: search for an unusual distinctive character eg.∆
  2. Copy the URL
  3. In your browser's options (settings, preferences) find it's search engines.
  4. Paste the URL in the appropriate place and replace your character with the required character (eg. %s for Chrome)
  5. Set a shortcut for the search using a sequence of characters that you know you probably won't search for (eg. scsc)
  6. When you find a site that you wish to search, copy it's root URL.
  7. Open a new page or tab.
  8. Type your character. It sequence will immediately switch to a site: search engine.
  9. Paste in the URL (with or without a search term separated by a space) and hit enter.
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