Google search is a very powerful search tool. You can use the tips below to find anything you need on the World Wide Web.
Whether it’s bypassing Wikipedia for a school essay project, finding the latest stock quotes, or tracking your packages, there are tons of ways you can use Google Search for you.
The tips in this part of the series are more general. In the first part you will find 10 more tips on how to find song lyrics, for example.
1. Keep it simple
Google search knows how to search for a lot of things. That means you don’t have to get too specific. If you need a pizzeria nearby, you can search:
- Nearby pizzerias
Google search records your location and provides a variety of results about pizzerias in your area.
2. Gradually add search terms
Sometimes Google search doesn’t find the results you expected. In this case, keeping it simple may not be the best option. Google itself suggests the following: start with something simple and then gradually get more complicated. See the example below:
- First attempt: job interviews
- Second attempt: preparation for job interviews
- Third attempt: how to prepare for an interview
This gradually refines the search in order to provide you with fewer and more targeted terms.
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But why shouldn’t you go straight from the first to the third attempt? It is because if you skip the second step, you might miss what you are looking for. Millions of websites formulate the same information in different ways; this technique allows you to search through as much as you can to find the best information.
3. Use words that authors would use
This is a very important point. When people search the web, they usually use the same language that they would speak. Unfortunately, websites don’t say things the way people do; instead, try to use language that sounds professional. Some examples are shown below:
- “I have a flat tire” could be replaced by “repair a flat tire”.
- “My head hurts” could be replaced by “relieve a headache”.
The list goes on and on. In your search, try to use terminology that you would find on a professional website. This will help you get more reliable results.
4. Use only keywords
How does Google search actually work? The following informational video shows you how the search engine ticks.
Google matches the searched word with keywords in online content. Searching for too many words can narrow your results. This means it can take longer to actually find what you’re looking for. Therefore, it is advisable to use only the most important words when searching. Take a look at an example:
- Do not use: Where can I find a Chinese restaurant that delivers.
- Instead, use: Chinese restaurants nearby.
- Or: Chinese restaurants near me.
That way, Google can help you find what you want without too much clutter. So remember:
Keep it simple and only use important words.
5. Google search uses abbreviations
A number of commands can be entered to give you instant results. In the first part of this series of articles, a Google shortcut was shown using a calculation example. It immediately gives you the information you want by showing it at the top of the search results.
This tip can save time and effort so that you don’t have to click a lot of pesky links. Here are some examples of commands you can type into Google:
- Weather * Postcode * – This will show you the weather in the given postcode. You can use place names in place of area codes, but it may not be as accurate if there are multiple area codes in the city.
- What is the definition of * Word * or Define: * Word * – The definition of a word is displayed here.
- Time * Location * – This displays the time no matter what location you enter.
- You can check any stock by typing its ticker name into Google. When you do a search for Googles, it will list Google’s stock quotes.
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These quick commands can combine a web search that typically consists of several clicks into a single search. This is very useful for information that you need repeatedly.
6. The spelling does not play a big role
Google search has gotten a lot smarter over the years. These days, you don’t even need to spell words correctly. As long as it’s pretty close, Google can usually find out what it means. Here is an example:
- If you search for “ihc gbi dihc nihct afu”, Google automatically assumes that you wanted to search for “I won’t give up”.
If your spelling mistake was made on purpose, Google gives you the option to search for the misspelled term instead.
This trick is great when you happen to forget how to spell a term. It can also be helpful in finding obscure words.
This also applies to capitalization and grammar.
7. Use descriptive words
Pretty much anything can be described in a variety of ways. The word “Life Hack” is used as an example.
The term “hack” refers to a computer programmer who breaches the security of a network or system. However, when the term is used in conjunction with the word “Life,” it changes the meaning to tips and tricks that people can use to improve their lives.
Do you often struggle to find the information you are looking for on Google? Remember that people may look for information in a different way or define it differently than you do. An example is:
- When you’re looking for “How do you install drivers in Windows?” But you really need the following information: “Troubleshooting driver problems in Windows”.
There really isn’t a good specific example of this example.
If you’re looking for something and can’t find an answer, you can use different words to compose the same question.
Maybe this will help your results.
8. Find a specific file
An often forgotten feature of Google Search is the ability to search for a specific file or type of file. This can be infinitely useful when you need a specific PDF or PowerPoint file that was previously viewed or that you want to use for another project. The syntax is pretty simple:
- * Search term here * filetype: pdf
In the example above, you simply replace the search term with what you are looking for. Then you use the filetype command and enter the extension of any file type you want.
This can be particularly useful for academic purposes, but business presentations and other presentations can also benefit from this type of search.
9. Money and unit converters
Google search can quickly and accurately convert both units of measure and currency values. There are a variety of uses for this, e.g. B. checking the exchange rate between two currencies.
You can use it to convert from feet to meters or from ounces to liters. Here’s how to use the calculator:
- Miles to km – Converts miles to kilometers. You can prepend numbers to convert a specific number. For example “10 miles to km”
- USD to British Pound Sterling – This converts a US dollar into British pounds. As with the measurements above, you can add numbers to find exact conversions for a specific amount of money.
It’s true that this tip is for math students and international business professionals. However, you’d be surprised how often these tips are used by ordinary people.
10. Track your packages
Our final trick is to use google search to find out where your packages are. You can enter any UPS number directly into the Google search bar and the tracking information for your package will be displayed.
This is a lot easier than going to specific websites. You save the waiting time the website loads and the search for your package.
No examples are actually required for this. Just enter your tracking number and see where your package is.
PART I: Google Search: Use These 10 Tips To Find It All!
This article was written in English by Joseph Hindy and published on www.lifehack.org. We have translated it for you so that we can exchange ideas with our readers on relevant topics.