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The - Operator

Precede each term you do not want to appear in any result with a “” sign.

To find pages without a particular term, put a sign operator in front of the word in the query. The sign indicates that you want to subtract or exclude pages that contain a specific term. Do not put a space between the and the word, i.e.

So, to search for a twins support group in Minnesota, but not return pages relating to the Minnesota Twins baseball team:

No pages containing the word “baseball” will be returned by the first query.

Find pages on “salsa” but not the dance nor dance classes.

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday May 1, 2007

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