Tame your computer - slash to search

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes a fabulous new keyboard shortcut to help you refine Google searches.

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Google Search, aka Google, is a search engine provided by Google LLC. The company does not share its search volume data, but according to Wikipedia it handles over 3.5 billion searches per day - and I bet you submit some of those. We even use it as a verb … “I tried googling but couldn’t find anything relevant”. Recognisable?! Anyway, I digress.

This week’s tip is about a fabulous new keyboard shortcut they sneaked in recently, making it easier to refine your search.

Here’s how:

  1. Type your search term(s). (Use double quotes if you want the search results to match the exact name or phrase within the quotes.)

  2. Press ENTER, as normal. (Or do you pick up your mouse and click on the magnifying glass?)

  3. Press the forward slash / on your keyboard  to jump back to search box.

For example, you might have searched for Excel training but couldn’t find what you were looking for and want to refine your search. Simply press / and add the word Cambridge to the end of your existing search. (Did I ever mention we do Excel training? ;)

I know it’s a tiny change, but I feel it’s a big time-saver.

By the way, did you know you can use google on my website, which can be helpful if you want to search for a particular tip I wrote since 2003? (No, not a typo! ;) See https://www.roem.co.uk/search.php

Alternatively, you can use the categorised tip archive on the right hand side under my signature on https://www.roem.co.uk/hints.php; for convenience purposes I’ve listed the main links below:

Courses and webinars

I have reopened classroom training. And remember, we never cancel classes due to insufficient enrolments, so if you’re lucky you might have a one-to-one session. I will also continue to deliver the ever-growing list of 60-minute webinars, inspired by your real-life questions, addressing day-to-day tasks and frustrations.

See the course schedule here or the webinar schedule here.

I am also running other short courses in conjunction with Cambridge Network's Learning Collaboration:


I meticulously test every tip I write to make sure it is correct, easy to understand and time-saving. Let me know if something isn't clear or doesn't work.

Missed an issue? To view all tips created so far – including corrections, where necessary – go to http://roem.co.uk/hints.php

Unless stated otherwise, the steps are written about Microsoft 365 using Windows 10.

26 April  2021

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk


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