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The Open Teach project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, agreement no. 2020-1-DE03-KA201-077573.

Explore the Settings menu

Besides these options that appear immediately when you enter your search words, you can go to a more advanced solution by using the settings available on Google.

The Settings menu presents several options for your search. You can explore your search history, check data being used on the Search you are doing, and change your privacy options.Click on the arrows to explore the various options.

Explore the advanced search options

Explicit Results Filter By activating the Explicit results filter your navigation will not present explicit content, i.e., avoids presenting adult content such as bad language, content for more sensitive people, sexual content, etc.

Languages You may select the language used by default on the platform. And select the language of your search results

Advanced Search You can opt for the advance search, which will open a whole new selection of options:

Finding the precise words in your search You will be able to specify the precise words of your search and opt for searching for the exact wording or leave it in a more free format. Let’s see an example, imagine you are searching for information on the solar system scale. If you introduce the text without quotes the search engine will retrieve (for my search where the languages are Portuguese and English) over 600,000,000 results. But if you put the words in quotes, the result will show only pages that have the exact order for your search, which will reduce the number of results. In the first case, the engine will bring combinations of the wording, and besides presenting results only for the scale of the solar system will also present pages that have only the solar system or only scale, etc. In principle, the engine will present first the pages that have the complete wording, but using them with quotes can frequently save a lot of time.

Content in other languages You can keep all your settings for the languages and use the possibility in the advance search to look for content in another language.

Finding resources in a specific region You might want to trim your search by specifying a specific region. Imagine for instance that you are looking for content for your classes in Portuguese but you want only those produced in your country, to ensure they will be adequate for your country's curricula.

Searching within a specific time frame You can narrow your search by specifying the specific time frame where the material was uploaded or updated. Very useful if you are searching for instance information about research topics that might have changed recently, for instance, the number of planets discovered around other stars, something that is updated almost on a daily basis.

Specify the file type You can specify the type of files you are looking for. You can define that you only want as a result Powerpoint presentations for instance or word documents, pdfs etc.

Activating safe search If by default the safe search is not activated on the browser you are using, you can select on this option to retrieve only results complying with a safe search

Narrow your search If you are looking for a book for instance you might want to narrow your search only to the titles on a certain page, or a specific web address, etc.

Searching within a specific website or domain You can limit your search by specifying the specific website or domain you want the engine to search in.

Select resources with a specific license type In this filter, you can specify exactly the type of license you are looking for.