Searching the web for information is a skill. Yes, you can enter a term into Google and find information, but by using a few simple tricks, you can quickly and easily whittle down your results to get exactly the information you’re looking for.
1. Find new stories
In general, putting a year or date in your search term will help limit results to more recent entries. However, if you want to limit your results, Google lets you search by the past hour, past year or create a custom date range. You’ll see this option when you click on Tools.
2. Search for a specific phrase
When you’re looking for search results for a specific phrase, put your search term in quotes. For example: “Internet privacy.”
3. Search a specific site
Most websites have their own search function, but it’s often not as good as Google. To limit results to a particular site, you can add “site” and then add the Web address. To exclude a site, put a minus sign before the word site
If you want to find something you’ve already read. Go to Settings> History and then re-enter the original search term.
4. Eliminate a term from search results
If you want to find information about Donnie Wahlberg but you are getting a bunch of results containing Mark Walberg, you can put a minus sign in front of any term you want to eliminate. So type, “Wahlbreg -Mark.”
5. Limit results to search terms in a title
If you want to make sure you’re returning results that focus on a topic, you may want to limit results stories that include the term in the title. Simply put allintitle: ahead of your search term.
6. Using an image to search
See a recipe you’d like to make but don’t know what it’s called? If you have the image saved on your computer or open in another window of your browser, you can use it to search using Google’s image search. Select the image and drag it into the search bar on the Google image search page and Google will find similar images and make the best guess or upload from your image files.
7. Searching for local results
Most of the time your search engine will know where you are. If it doesn’t, or you want to search in another location, you can add a zip code to the end of your search. Or, under Search tools, you can select your location
8. Finding appropriate content for children
Turn on SafeSearch, which you can find under the settings button. This will filter out explicit results. You can also lock on SafeSearch with your Google ID and password.
9. Finding a product
If you’re looking to purchase a product, type in the product name or type and click on Shopping. On the left side, you’ll be able to sort by price, whether the prodcut is available nearby, the color, brand and more. You can also add a price range to your search term by adding the minimum price followed by two periods and the maximum price. For instance, you’d type: Laptops $200..$350.
10. Solve a math problem
Kids checking up on their math can type a numeric equation into the search bar and get their answer. You can also get quick number conversions by inputting the conversion factors, like liters to cups or dollars to Euros.
11. Get immediate results
Google prepackages relevant information on frequently searched topics. So, you can simply type in a flight number to get flight status, a tracking number to track a package, the name of a sports team to get the score, a stock ticker symbol to get the current stock price and weather to get the forecast.
12. Get help in a natural, manmade or humanitarian disaster
When a crisis occurs, Google creates SOS Alerts. These special search results make emergency information more accessible by listing resources (Emergency phone numbers, mas of affected areas, etc.), showing updates from local, national and international authorities, and providing links for donation opportunities, among other listings. If you’re using the Google app and turn on location sharing for the app you’ll automatically receive SOS alerts in your area.
Kantra, Suzanne. “12 Google Search Tips Everyone Should Know” Techlicious, April 17, 2019
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