How-to-Google

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General

  • Keep the Google search as simple as possible only being specific where necessary
  • Gradually add search terms, if you do not get good results
  • Try to search with professional terms, instead of natural speaking language
  • Only use important words, instead of full sentences
  • Use descriptive words and simply rephrase searches, if no good results show up
  • Use quotes "<search>" to tell Google to use exact matching for the text within quotes, asterisks * can be used as wildcards to match any text
  • Use hyphens <ambiguous search> -<one matching field> to explicitly tell Google to exclude words from the search

Dealing with Error Messages

  • Just copy the error message from the command line to the Google search bar
  • Remove system specific details like the system name or paths
  • Though you should keep the file name, if it corresponds to a provided or system source code file