Do you know the Google tricks?
Google is the most powerful and popularly used search engine in existence but not too many people know how to use it to its full potential. Using Google properly can help you find the results you’re looking for more quickly so that you can spend less time researching for school assignments, and divert that time towards more productive tasks. Google tricks are the key to success! By the end of this article, you’ll be Googling like a pro.
Before we start, let me ask how you usually use Google. Do you just type in a words or a phrase—hoping for your desired results? Honestly, most of the time it works out that way. However, sometimes it’s difficult to find precisely what you’re searching for because of the fancy algorithms Google uses.
If you’re looking for something very specific, these Google tricks will come in handy:
- Using quotations around your search phrases
Using quotations around your words will only bring up pages that contain the phrase written in that exact order. It’ll give you a 100% exact match if the word combination exists.
- Using the minus (-) symbol
Placing a minus symbol before a word eliminates results containing that specific word.
- Using the asterisks (*) symbol
Using the asterisks symbol before a phrase will search up different variations of that phrase. This is especially useful if you’re trying to remember a quote or song lyrics but you only remember bits and pieces.
- Searching keywords on specific website
If you already have a website in mind that you want results from, using “site:______” will ensure that results will only come from that site. For example, if you want to search for “apple watch” results on apple.com, you’d type in “apple watch site:apple.com”
- Searching for definitions
To quickly search up a definition, type “Define:” before typing in your word. Google will show the definition right at the top.
- Searching for exact images
If you find an interesting image on Google and wish to find the same image on different sites, you can right click the image and click “search Google for image.” This is often useful for:
- Finding a higher resolution version of the same image.
- Figuring out what the image is (perhaps it’s a food item and you want to identify it)
- Figuring out where the image originated from
You can also go to “google.com/images” and drag an image into the search bar if you have an image already downloaded
Just type in an equation using the math symbols and let Google do its job
- Flip a Coin
Having trouble deciding between two options? Type in “flip a coin” on Google and let it decide for you
- Set a Timer
Type in “Set timer ____ minutes,” filling in the blank with the desired amount of minutes. It also works for hours, up to a maximum of 23 hours and 59 minutes. An alarm will even go off at the end!
- Weather Forecast
Type in the word “forecast” after typing in any city to get the forecast for the next 8 days.
- Tip Calculator
Unsure how much to tip or how to split the tip with your friends? Google “tip calculator” and fill out the cells
Convert any measurements by typing it into Google. (Ex. 150mL to L or 500ft to Meters)
Typing in “to” in between your desired languages. For example, “English to Chinese.” Then enter text in the box to the left.
- Finding Restaurants Near You
Google “restaurants near me” to see all of the restaurants close to you. It’ll even give you ratings.
Now you know the basic Google tricks! If you found this tech tip helpful, please share below and subscribe!