Caught this on Reddit last night on a thread about Internet shortcuts and tricks. Check out the entire thread for yourself, there’s a lot of awesome tips. This Googling tip comes via user PatFlynnEire:
One very powerful, but undocumented, search tool, is the AROUND function. If you wanted to research Barack Obama’s interactions with Australia, you could simply include both terms in a search, but you’d find thousands of articles in which these two terms may appear many paragraphs apart, and bear no relation to one another.
But if instead you search “obama” AROUND(10) “australia” then the first results will be one in which Obama appears within ten words of Australia.
NOTE: for this to work, both search terms must be in quotes, AROUND must be capitalized, and the number must be in parentheses.
PS: Many, many more search tips can be found here: http://www.sweetsearch.com/TenSteps
Neat, right? Give it a shot.