Productivity
Brought to you by

Search Time Frames From Your Address Bar

We’ve shown you how to create custom search keywords before, for searching specific sites on Google. Reader huh989 shares another clever use for them: Searching Google from within the past month or year for more accurate troubleshooting.

I often use the date qualifiers for google searches, usually with software troubleshooting where results from forums over a year old are not usually useful. Instead of searching, clicking through the options on the left and then picking the timeframe, I setup a useful search engine hack in Chrome.

To search for pages updated only in the past month, you can use the following URL as your search engine:

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbo=1&tbs=qdr:m&q=%s
To look back two years, you can use this URL instead:

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbo=2&tbs=qdr:y&q=%s
You can set up many of these and give different keywords (like g1m for “Google, one month”, g2y for “Google, two years”, and so on) so you can pick and choose which one you use on any given search. You can tweak the URLs for different time periods, too, by editing the numbers and y or m values.

Use Search Keywords To Search Specific Time Frames From Your Address Bar [#tips]


Have you subscribed to Lifehacker Australia's email newsletter? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.