How to search only some websites on Google (MAC)
Thread poster: Andrea Re

Andrea Re  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:10
English to Italian
+ ...
Jan 3, 2012

Hi there,

I would like to search on Google only a handful of websites (some 10-15) and not the whole WWW. Is it possible? I thought there was an option in "advanced search" but I cannot find it.
Obviously I would like to be able to save this setting so I can use it again when needed (which is not all the time).

In case I need a different piece of software, I use a MAC.

Thanks,
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Hi there,

I would like to search on Google only a handful of websites (some 10-15) and not the whole WWW. Is it possible? I thought there was an option in "advanced search" but I cannot find it.
Obviously I would like to be able to save this setting so I can use it again when needed (which is not all the time).

In case I need a different piece of software, I use a MAC.

Thanks,

Andrea

PS

I hope I am not posting in the wrong forum, but I couldn't decide which one was the right one.
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Johan Kjallman  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:10
Member (2008)
Italian to Swedish
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Google custom search Jan 3, 2012

Hi Andrea,

the function you're looking for is called Google Custom Search:

http://www.google.com/cse/

Best regards,
Johan


 

Daniel Grau  Identity Verified
Argentina
English to Spanish
It's not properly explained Jan 4, 2012

For a single site, you would use the site: qualifier. For instance:

  • "Andrea Re" site:proz.com

    The quotation marks above ensure I'm looking for your name as a phrase, but are not required. They also ensure other Andreas and other Res won't come up in the results. Note there is no space after the colon.

    To restrict the search to KudoZ answers, extend the "site" specification (you identify this by looking at the URL of where you want to look):
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  • For a single site, you would use the site: qualifier. For instance:

  • "Andrea Re" site:proz.com

    The quotation marks above ensure I'm looking for your name as a phrase, but are not required. They also ensure other Andreas and other Res won't come up in the results. Note there is no space after the colon.

    To restrict the search to KudoZ answers, extend the "site" specification (you identify this by looking at the URL of where you want to look):

  • "Andrea Re" site:proz.com/kudoz

    But we can extend if further:

  • "Andrea Re" site:proz.com/kudoz/english_to_italian

    And if I want a particular entry, just add is as a search string:

  • "Andrea Re" "red tape" site:proz.com/kudoz/english_to_italian

    The two quoted strings above carry and implicit AND. If you want to search for either "red" OR "tape":

  • "Andrea Re" red OR tape site:proz.com/kudoz/english_to_italian

    And you can apply the OR operator to the sites as well. For instance:

  • "Andrea Re" site:proz.com/kudoz/english_to_italian OR site:andreare.it OR site:linkedin.com

    Another example. There are four Oil & Gas glossaries I use a lot. They are:

  • http://www.glossary.oilfield.slb.com/Display.cfm
  • http://www.centreforenergy.com/glossary.asp
  • http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/oilandgas/glossary_of_terms
  • http://www.qatargas.com.qa/Media.aspx

    To look for the term "acetic acid" in all of them at once:

  • "acetic acid" site:http://www.glossary.oilfield.slb.com/Display.cfm OR site:http://www.centreforenergy.com/glossary.asp OR site:http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/oilandgas/glossary_of_terms OR site:http://www.qatargas.com.qa/Media.aspx

    Regards,

    Daniel ▲ Collapse


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    Andrea Re  Identity Verified
    United Kingdom
    Local time: 08:10
    English to Italian
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    TOPIC STARTER
    Thanks for the tip... Jan 4, 2012

    Hi there,

    thanks to Johan and Daniel for the suggestions.

    GCS seems to work fine, but it won't load on the iGoogle homepage (despite what they say...).

    Daniel, you are right that things are not really explained on Google. It is very mucg a matter of trial and error:)

    Andrea


     

    Andrea Re  Identity Verified
    United Kingdom
    Local time: 08:10
    English to Italian
    + ...
    TOPIC STARTER
    It is official... Jan 4, 2012

    ...I HATE GCS.
    I accidentally closed the window where I had it set up and not I am totally unable to reopen it. I have tried all the inks under the sun, but nothing. I can only start from scratch again (and try to bookmark it)


     

    Daniel Grau  Identity Verified
    Argentina
    English to Spanish
    What about History Jan 5, 2012

    If you used the complex search at any point, it will appear in your History list.

    [Edited at 2012-01-05 00:19 GMT]


     


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