In the today’s Internet world, Google is the new interface to the web and its websites. Gone are the days when scholars and researchers put in some words, and it searches the volumes of indexed data to help them in scholarly or research works. Now is the time when everyone starts the web with Google.
Google Search or Google has become a teacher, assistant, knowledge archiver, and God knows what more than a simple search engine. It collects data from all over the Internet, looks for meaningful information and stores the knowledge in its data centers to provide it later in most simple yet useful forms to the people. It also provides various tips and tricks, search options and special features to make better and effective searches; and that’s what we’re going to share in this article.
These tips and tricks for Google Search will help you search smarter and find what you’re looking for easily and conveniently than ever before. These will increase your productivity at making online researches, and you will feel the web’s information on your fingertips. The tips and tricks are grouped in sections or categories to improve accessibility and readability. Let’s dive in.
Basic Google Search Tips and Tricks for Better Search Experience:
Search by Voice:
Google permits you to make voice searches. If you’re browsing Google on its Chrome browser or using Google application on Android or iOS, then you can click on the Microphone button and directly speak to Google what you’re looking for, and it shows the results after receiving the input from you.
Search by Image:
Google can’t only search for words but also for images. You can now use a photo of your friend to search more of his/her photos. The simple trick is to click the Camera button in the search bar of Google Images, and paste an image URL or upload a picture from your system to make an image search. You can also find some more alternative reverse image search engines here.
www.google.com/ncr can be utilized to open Google.com to improve worldwide quests or attempt the different new or experimental features that are available only on google.com. You can also click “Use Google.com” on Google’s bottom-right corner to achieve the same result. However, it’s only present there if you tried opening google.com but got redirected to your country’s local Google page.
Make Private Searches:
Google in spite of its vast features don’t seem fit for privacy enthusiasts because of the tracking concerns. An alternative – Startpage (also known as lxquick) – allows you to make Google searches without worrying about its tracking or other privacy problems. It demonstrates seeks from the Google yet don’t track your IP address or your area data or such.
You can ask Google to help find smartphone applications for you. Click More > Apps to check out the applications based on your search query. You can also install apps right to your Android device after signing in to your Google account for Play Store.
Customize your Search Settings:
Search Settings can be opened by clicking on Settings at bottom right of Google’s homepage. You can customize your search settings as per your requirements to get more out of Google results. SafeSearch can be used to block explicit results, and you can even ask Google to speak answers to your voice searches. Moreover, you can set instant predictions, the number of results shown per page, and your language and location to get more personalized results and recommendations.
Beginner Google Tricks to Make Better Searches:
Search by Keywords:
Searching is all about keywords – the better keywords you give to the search engine, the better results you receive back. Brainstorm what you’re really looking for and type in the keywords as such. For example: “Google tips tricks” is better than “what are the tips and tricks for Google?” because it allows Google to search for the right words without including the other unnecessary words.
Search a Specific Phrase:
“” (double quotes) can be used to search for a specific phrase. Google lists only the results having the given phrase (between the double quotes) with same order of words as listed in the phrase. For example: ““I’m good”” (note the inner double quotes is part of the search query) will ask Google to search only for the phrase ‘I’m good’ exactly as is, and not even list results having the phrase ‘I am good’.
Search by Location:
City name or Postal code at the end of your search query allows you to make searches for a specific location. This overrules the default behavior of Google to provide results for the location calculated using your Internet connection’s IP address. For example: “food joints in New Delhi” or “food joints 110033” shows you food joints in New Delhi.
Use Search Operators to Make Powerful Queries:
OR is used to give either-or words in the search query. Google lists results having any of those words. For example: “buy cheap Android OR iPhone” is short for searching two queries “buy cheap Android” OR “buy cheap iPhone” and gives results for both queries.
AND is used to list must-have words in the search query. Google lists results having all of those words. For example: “rent cheap AND decorated house” will output results that contain both ‘cheap’ and ‘decorated’ words.
* (asterisk) is used to tell to search for unknown words. Google lists results having any word or group of words at the place of asterisk in the search query. For example: “Winston * Churchill” returns results for Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, a former British Prime Minister.
– (minus) is used to prohibit words in the search query. Google lists results that don’t have those words. For example: “buy windows laptop -dell” will output results that don’t contain ‘dell’ laptops.
AROUND is used to do a proximity search and tell that the given words should be near to each other in the content. Google lists only the results which have both the words, and that both the words are near with the maximum given proximity. For example: “India AROUND(10) Modi” shows results that have the terms ‘India’ and ‘Modi’ at the distance of maximum 10 words.
Search between 2 Numbers:
.. (two periods) lets you search between two numbers in Google. It’s helpful if you’re looking for things in a range, like product prices in your budget range, prime numbers in a range, etc. For example: “buy Sony camera 10000..50000 INR” will show the pages that sell Sony cameras in between the price range of 10000 to 50000 INR.