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How to view direct links in Google
One of my pet peeves with Google is that I can't just right-click on a link and choose "save target as." This is especially annoying when sifting through mountains of .ppt, .pdf, .doc, and similar document/presentation filetypes. As such, I use a little trick with Firefox to allow me to quickly copy the full, direct link.
In the image above, you can see the title of the result that I have highlighted in addition to "oc" just beneath it. The trick is to start from where the "oc" is (which will be something other than "oc," if you're using a search result of your own) and highlight that one word plus the title of the search result. Then, you right-click on the word (not on the title of the search result) and select "View Selection Source" from the drop-down box. Firefox will take you straight to the section of code where the full link is displayed. You can then copy it and do with it whatever you so desire.
How to see results from just one site
Put simply, I find that Google knows most Web sites better than they know themselves. As such, I rarely ever use the built-in search functionality of a Web site. Instead, I opt for the site: advanced operator to filter results by the site I'm interested in searching, then follow it with the keywords I'm interseted in. For instance, if you want to search Microsoft's site for .pdf documents containing "Windows 7," you can simply run the following search query: site:microsoft.com filetype:pdf "Windows 7"
To note, Microsoft isn't the best example to give in this case, because they integrate their own Web search engine (Bing) to provide search functionality, as opposed to some small-time custom search built into only their site. Even so, the point remains!
How to find educational documents and more
How often do you use the Internet to educate yourself? For me, the answer is "frequently." As such, one little trick I've come up with to dig up some great educational content is to search .edu domains (which belong to educational establishments). Let's say you're interested in learning about C++ programming and you would like to see "Introduction to C++" types of documents/presentations. All you have to do is perform a search query similar to the following: site:edu intitle:"Introduction to C++" filetype:pdf
Don't forget that there are many document/presentation file types you can search for as well! A variation of the search query above, to include additional file types, is as follows: site:edu intitle:"Introduction to C++" filetype:pdf | filetype:ppt | filetype:doc