Dusting off the Dust

It’s been a long time, been a long time, been a long, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely….time. – Led Zepplin 1971 <Insert hair flip>

Exactly! You’ve searched for a solution for Excel 2019 and gotten pages of posts for Excel 2010, 2007, maybe even a few for Excel 2003! You can narrow your searches in 3 ways in Google Search.


Look just a bit to the right on the menu bar and you’ll see Tools. It’s next to Settings. Click that button and you’ll see two new drop down buttons, Any time and All results. If you click Any time, you can narrow your search by time period. When searching for tech info, I usually narrow by a year or a month.

Boolean Operators

If you want to capture a search term exactly, such as Microsoft Excel 2019, put it in double quotes like this: “Microsoft Excel 2019”. A search without the double quotes yielded 498,000,000 results. The same search with the quotes delivered only 530,000.

To eliminate results from this if they have another term, just type a – (dash or minus) in front of it. On the previous search, we added -vba. That narrowed it to 441,000.

Check out this page for even more operator-based search tips.

Advanced Search

If you want even more precise results, but don’t want to monkey around with operators, try Google’s Advanced Search https://www.google.com/advanced_search. In this screen you can simply type entries in to fields to build a very precise set of criteria.

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