Google is driving me nuts
March 18, 2011 10:33 PM Subscribe
Is there a way to automatically "force" Google to search for the words I typed in, without having to manually include "+" before every single term? I do sometimes utilize fuzzy search, but I'm finding that lately, it is doing more harm than good, and nearly every search requires me to go back and add "+".
posted by lesli212 to computers & internet (16 answers total) 77 users marked this as a favorite
I've noticed that more and more of my searches return CRAP these days. For instance, my search terms include "semple" and I get results that include the word "sample" -- but not "semple". And I don't even get the benefit of the "Did you mean..." notification to alert me to the fact that Google didn't actually look for what I asked for. Quite often I can't tell a result is irrelevant because none (or just one) of my search terms show up in the preview, and it's not until I click and Cmd/Ctrl-F for a term that I realize it's not even on the page.
If this isn't an option somewhere in Google settings, is there a script or website I could use that searches via Google for what I type instead of what it thinks I want. Ideally, the script/service would auto add a "+" to all my search terms, but allow me to specify in the rare instance I want Google to go fuzzy on a word or term (like if I want Google to check my spelling). Bonus points if it also works for books, scholar, and other specialized Google search areas.
I realize I may just have to suck it up and learn to preface everything I google with "+", but at this point, alternate quality search engine recommendations would be much appreciated (besides Bing).