Google Search Tips


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Google search is a very powerful search tool. Using the tips below, you can find anything and everything you could ever need on the World Wide Web. Whether it’s avoiding Wikipedia for a school essay project, finding the latest stock prices, or even finding song lyrics, there is a way to make Google search work for you.

1. Keep it simple

This is probably the best tip. Google search knows how to search for a lot of things. What this means is you don’t need to be too specific. If you need a pizza place nearby, use this to search.

  • Pizza places nearby

Google search will grab your location and deliver a variety of results about pizza places that are near you.

Don’t over complicate your search terms.

2. Use the tabs

The first tip is to use the tabs in Google search. On the top of every search are a number of tabs. Usually you’ll see Web, Image, News, and More. Using these tabs, you can help define what kind of search you need to do. If you need images, use the Image tab. If you are looking for a recent news article, use the News tab. It’s rudimentary and most people use the tabs already. If you are not, then it’s highly recommended to get associated with them. They can cut search times dramatically if utilized properly.

3. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

Searching a phrase in quotes will yield only pages with the same words in the same order as what’s in the quotes. It’s one of the most vital search tips, especially useful if you’re trying to find results containing a specific a phrase.

4. Use an asterisk wildcard within quotes to specify unknown or variable words

Here’s a lesser known trick: The asterisk wildcard is one of the most useful ones on the list. Here’s how it works. When you use an asterisk in a search term on Google search, it will leave a placeholder that may be automatically filled by the search engine later. This is a brilliant way to find song lyrics if you don’t know all the words. Let’s look at the syntax.

  • “Come * right now * me”

To you or me, that may look like nonsense. However, Google search will search for that phrase knowing that the asterisks can be any word. More often than not, you’ll find they are lyrics to The Beatles song “Come Together” and that’s what the search will tell you.

5. Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words

To eliminate certain words from your results ie if you’re trying to search for a term that’s generating a lot of results that aren’t of relevant to your search. Figure out what terms you’re not interested in (e.g. jaguar -car) and re-run the search. (This will have variable success depending on descriptive terms used by the website)

6. Search specific websites.

Use “site:” function as a Google search that searches only a particular website. ie “scam” site:unhoax.com.   this will search only unhoax.com for the term “scam”

7. Comparison searches using “vs”

Using “vs” can be useful when considering a purchase for example. ie to compare differences between two or more products to quickly determine advantages or disadvantages.

8. Use “DEFINE:” to learn the meaning of words

Streamline the dictionary process by using, for example, “DEFINE: mortgage.” For words that appear in the dictionary, you’ll be able to see etymology and a graph of its use over time alongside the definition. Google will even sift the web to define slang words or acronyms. Try out “DEFINE: bae” or “DEFINE: SMH”.

9. Search Google images using images

Ever come across a photo that looks strangely familiar? Or if you want to know where it came from? If you save the image, and then drag it into Google Images, you’ll be able to see the same and similar images on the web. (Used often by unHoax to determine the origin of posted images)

10. Spelling doesn’t necessarily matter

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 figure out what it means. Here are some examples.

  • If you search “Nver Gna Gve Yo Up” Google will automatically assume you mean to search for “Never Gonna Give You Up.” If by chance your misspelling was intentional, Google gives you the option to search for the misspelled term instead.

This trick is great if you happen to forget how to spell something or are not altogether sure how something is spelled. It can also be helpful when searching for obscure words. This applies to capitalization and grammar as well.

 

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