I’m often only interested in the search results that are fairly recent – for example, if I’m looking for “great apps for iphone”, I don’t want results from 2007. But if you perform a search in Google, there’s no simple way to restrict it’s time query except for mucking about with the “search tools” options, which adds clicks and time and cognitive load to a search.
Fortunately I’ve just found a clever way to do it in Chrome (Mac), thanks to PigeonLab.
If you open up Chrome’s preferences, you’ll find a section that allows you to add new search engines.
Once you open that up, if you scroll to the bottom, you’ll find this box:
Then, follow PigeonLab’s instructions:
- Add a name for your new engine, a keyword to use to trigger the use of this engine, and the following URL
This URL is set to only return results from the last year. You can also use the following to set your preferred time frame. Just replace the “tbs=qdr:y” between the ampersands in the URL with one of the time frame codes from the list below.
&tbs=rltm:1 [real time results] &tbs=qdr:s [past second] &tbs=qdr:n [past minute] &tbs=qdr:h [past hour] &tbs=qdr:d [past 24 hours (day)] &tbs=qdr:w [past week] &tbs=qdr:m [past month]
- Then click somewhere else in the pop-up window to unset the focus from your new engine.
- Once your new engine is no longer highlighted it will be moved intoÂ alphabeticalÂ order in the list
- Find your new engine and hover over it, a blue “Make Default” button should appear near the right hand side of the engine URL. Â Click the button to make this engine the default and don’t forget to click the save button at the bottom of the pop-up window.
- BOOM! all your searches in the omnibox should now return only results from the last 12 months.