Millions of people use Google Search every day for a variety of reasons. Students use them for university, business people for research and millions more use them for entertainment. But most people probably don’t make full use of Google search.
Would you like to use Google search more efficiently and get your desired search results quickly? In this series of articles, you will find 20 tips and tricks to maximize your search efficiency. This part and the second part contain 10 tips for your Google search.
1. Use the tabs
The first tip is: use the tabs in Google search. There are a number of tabs at the beginning of every search. Usually you see:
These tabs allow you to choose what type of search you want to do.
If you need pictures, use the “Picture” tab. If you’re looking for a breaking news article, use the News tab.
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This tip is rudimentary and most people are already using the tabs. If you are not using them then it is highly recommended that you deal with them. They can drastically cut your search times if used correctly.
2. Use quotations
When looking for something in particular, consider using quotation marks to take the guesswork out of Google searches. Enclosing your search parameters in quotation marks tells the search engine to search for the entire phrase.
For example, if you search for Puppy Dog Sweaters, the search engine will look for content that contains those three words in any order.
However, if you search for “Puppy Dog Sweaters”, the search engine will look for that phrase exactly as you typed it.
This can help find certain information that could be buried under other content if it wasn’t sorted out correctly.
3. Use a hyphen
Sometimes you may find yourself looking for a word with multiple meanings. One example is Mustang. If you google for Mustang, you might get results for both the Ford-made car and the horse.
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If you want to cut any of these, use the hyphen to tell the search engine to ignore that content. See the example below.
- Mustang cars
This tells the search engine to look for Mustangs but remove any results that contain the word “car”. It can be very helpful if you can find information on one subject without getting information on another subject.
4. Use a colon
You may want to search Google for articles or content on a specific website. Use a colon to search for specific websites. The syntax is very simple and we’ll show you below:
- boss: Unternehmer.de
All content on the subject of “boss” is searched for here, but only on Unternehmer.de. All other search results are removed. If you want to find specific content on a specific website, you can use this abbreviation.
5. Find a page that links to another page
This Google search tip is a little obscure.
Instead of looking for a specific page, you’re looking for a page that links to a specific page.
Think of it this way: if you wanted to see who cited an article by the Süddeutsche on their website, you would use this trick. So you can find all websites that refer to this page.
The syntax is as follows:
- link: sueddeutsche.de
This will return all pages that refer to the official website of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The URL on the right can be virtually anything.
Note, however, that the more specific your search, the fewer results you will get. Probably not many people are going to use this Google search trick, but for some it could be very useful.
6. Use asterisks
This tip is one of the most useful on the list. And this is how it works: If you use an asterisk in a search term in Google search, it leaves a placeholder that can later be filled in automatically by the search engine. This is a brilliant way to find song lyrics if you don’t know all of the words.
Take a look at the syntax:
- “Come * right now * me”
This may seem like nonsense to you.
However, Google searches search for a phrase because the asterisks can be any word.
Perhaps you have already determined that it is the lyrics of the Beatles song “Come Together”: and that is exactly what you will see in Google search.
7. Find websites that are similar
It is a unique system that can be used by anyone. Do you have a favorite website? However, this website gets a little boring at some point? With this trick, you can find another website that is similar to it and use the following trick. Below is the syntax:
- related: amazon.com
If you search for it in a new tab, you won’t find a link to Amazon. Instead, you will find links to online stores like Amazon. It’s a powerful Google search tool that can help you find new websites to search.
8. Use Google search to do the math
Google search can actually do arithmetic. The description is quite complex as you can use it in so many ways. It’s important to note that Google won’t solve all math problems. Here are two examples of the syntax:
- 8 * 5 + 5
If you do the first search, you will get the number 45. A calculator will also appear. This trick is useful when you need to do a quick math but don’t want to do it in your head.
If you search for the second term, Google will return the numerical value of pi. So Google can do math, but it can also help you solve math problems by showing values for known math terms.
9. Search for multiple words at once
Google search is flexible. Google knows that if you search for a single word or phrase, you may not find what you are looking for. Therefore, you can search for multiple words. You can use this trick to search for a word or phrase along with a second word or phrase. This can help you narrow down your search. So you will find exactly what you are looking for.
Here is the syntax:
- “Best Ways To Prepare For An Interview” OR “How To Prepare For An Interview”.
If you search for that, Google will search both phrases. Do you remember the quote above? It is also used here. In this case, exactly these two phrases are searched.
You can also search for multiple words, as in the example below:
- Chocolate OR white chocolate
It searches for pages that contain either chocolate or white chocolate.
10. Search a range of numbers
Finding a range of numbers is another tip that may not be used by many people. However, the people who use it are likely to use it quite a lot.
People interested in money or statistics will find this tip particularly useful. Essentially, you are using two periods and a number to let Google Search know that you are looking for a specific range of numbers. Like the following syntax:
- Which teams won the Stanley Cup. 2004 41..43
First and foremost, the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2004 is given in the search. The two dots with only one number indicate to the search that you don’t need anything before or after 2004. This can help narrow down your search to a specific number to improve search results.
In the second case, Google searches for the numbers 41, 42 and 43. It’s obscure, but very useful if you happen to have to look for such numbers.
Want to learn more Google tricks? Then off to the second part of this series of articles.
Part II: 10 Google Tips to Make Your Search More Efficient
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.