20 Tips and Tricks for Accurate Google Searches
Google is undoubtedly the most popular search engine, but it can do more than just return a list of websites based on a keyword or two. Google’s goal is to provide its users with the information they want, so the company has built in some pretty amazing features to help. Here are 20 tips and tricks to improve your Google searches.
Exclude words by adding a minus sign (-) in front of the words you want to exclude. This can be helpful in omitting recipes that include ingredients you do not like.
You can also filter recipes based on ingredients, calories, and other criteria by searching for the food and clicking on “Search Tools.”
Using “site:” before a URL and your search terms allows you to search within a website.
Adding “intitle:” will return only results with your term in the title of the webpage.
Search for websites that link to another website on their pages by adding “link:” to your query. This can also be helpful to find backlinks to your website.
Looking for a specific type of file like a PowerPoint presentation or PDF document? Add “filetype:PPT” to your search query.
If you’re looking for an exact phrase, put the phrase in quotation marks to search for words in that exact order.
To find the definition of a word, type in “definition of” or “define:” and then the word.
Google keeps a collection of songs and musicians. To display a list of all the songs by an artist, type in “Songs by” and the name of the band.
Similarly, you can also search for books by an author by typing in “Books by” and then the name.
You can compare two foods against each other.
Google will solve a mathematical equation for you.
You can do two searches at once by adding ‘or’ between the search terms.
Find funny GIFs to add to your blog posts by performing an image search, clicking “Search Tools” and then change the Type to “Animated.”
Quickly translate a phrase from one language to another by typing in “translate ‘Language 1′ to ‘Language 2′” and then entering your text into the box. You can also audio record what you want to translate.
Find the date of a specific holiday.
Convert units and currency.
Need help remembering lyrics to a song? Fill in any blanks with an asterisk and Google will attempt to complete the search for you.
Search within a range of numbers by adding “..”
Find the origin of a word by adding “etymology” onto the end.