Search engines are the backbone of everyday Internet use, but are you aware of the hidden tips and tricks available to improve your search and become a Google power user? These pointers will save you Googling “how to Google”.
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Google Search Operators (This is the text from the above Infographic.)
Here’s how to get the most out of your everyday Google searches:
Search exact phrases
“search” if you’re looking for an exact phrase, use quotation marks.
Example: “let them eat cake”
Exclude a word
Add a hyphen before a word to exclude a search term. This is useful if you are searching for a word with several meanings.
Example: inception -movie
Search within a site
Site: Get results from certain domains.
Example: recipes site:theguardian.com
Related: Find sites with similar content to a URL you already know.
Search for words in text
allintext: find pages where the all terms appear in the text.
Example: allintext: holidays hot bargain
intent: Find pages where the one term appears in the text, and other terms appear elsewhere in the document (e.g. title or URL)
Example: john lennon intext:liverpool
Search for words in title
allintitle: Find pages whose title contains all words in the search.
Example: allintitle: the big lebowski review
Find pages whose title contains a particular word in the title, with other tens appearing elsewhere in the document (e.g. in the text or URL)
Example: flu shot in title:help
Search for works in URL
allinurl: Find pages with the search query mentioned in the URL.
Example: allinurl: bbd news
Find news related to a particular location
location: Use this on Google News to find stories coming from a particular location.
Example: prince george location: auckland
Search for a particular file type
filetype:suffix -Google will restrict results to pages that end in suffix.
Example: annual report 2014 filetype:pdf
Search for a number range
..: Separate numbers by two periods to see results that contain numbers in the given range
Example: dslr $300..$500
An asterisk works as a wildcard, and helps you find the missing word in a phrase.
Example: there is a * they never goes *
If you want to find pages with one of several words, use a capitalized OR. Without OR, results would show pages that include all the terms.
Example: olympics 2013 OR 2016
Aside from the examples above, Google doesn’t usually recognize punctuation and grammar. However, punctuation and symbols that do work in Google search include:
+ when searching for things such as blood type
@ when searching for social tags
& when searching for strongly connected ideas and phrases
% when searching for percent values
$ when searching for prices
# when searching for trending topics that use hashtags
– when searching for words that are strongly connected
Google Search Features
Google also has a few special search features that will help you find what you’re looking for, faster:
Example: weather brooklyn
Current Time: time <city>
Example: time melbourne
Sports Scores <team name>
Example: manchester united
Sunrise & Sunset Times: sunset<city>
Example: sunset honolulu
Conversions: <amount unit 1> to <unit 2>
Example: 10 miles to km
Dictionary: define <term>
Example: define jingoism
Translations: translate <word> to <language>
Example: translate pommel to english
Film Showings: movies <postcode>
Example: movies 90210
Flight Statuses: <flight number>
Example: BA 117
Package Tracking: <tracking number>
Besides using search terms, Google also offers you a host of other ways to search:
Google Search Tricks: A useful app for enhancing your Google searches and getting the most from the search engine.
Google Images: Lets you search for images related to a particular word or phrase. You can also upload or link to an image to find more about it, or similar images.
Google Goggles: Lets you search the Web using your mobile phone’s camera instead of words. Simply take a picture of the item you want to search for, and look at the results.
Google Trends: Lets you explore trending search topics on Google and see what other people are searching for.
Google Scholar: Lets you search for these, abstracts and articles.
For most, Google is already an incredibly useful resource, but by following these tricks and tips, you can transform it into your most valuable research tool.
Search Operators: support.google.com
All tips and tricks: google.com
What did the world search for in 2013: google.co.uk
Search Features: google.com
Google Developers: code.google.com
GoogleGuied: making searching even easier: googleguide.com
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