How To Improve Your Searches On Google

How To Improve Your Searches On Google

For many of us, searching on Google is part of our daily routine.

The search engine can solve everyday problems as different as cooking with the four ingredients left in the fridge or solving the lunch debate in the office about which city has the most inhabitants or which player scored the most goals in the 1982 World Cup (Paolo Rossi , of the Italian group, by the way).

But how to make the most of this omnipresent oracle?

Here we present 10 tricks that may help you find what you're looking for better.

1. Forget about the score

It does not matter if you put lowercase, uppercase or accents, you will find the same results.

And it does not matter if you write with errors: Google's spellchecker automatically uses the most common form of a certain word, whether you write it correctly or not.

2. Refine the search settings

On the Google page itself there is a settings or settings button where you can refine your searches in general by country and language.

From this button you can also access an advanced search option , where you can specify your specific search much more, defining things like the period of time in which the content was updated or published or the file format of the information you are looking for.

3. To search for exact phrases

Write the phrase in quotes, type "any phrase" , to find the exact words in the same order.

Keep in mind that some relevant results may not show when you use quotation marks in searches. 

For example, if quotes are used to search for "Alexander Bell", pages referring to Alexander G. Bell will be omitted.

4. To search on a specific website

Include site: in front of the search query if you are sure that the information you are interested in is included in a certain type of site (.org or .edu) or in a specific site.

5. To search by format

To search for specific file types, such as PDF, PPT or XLS, add filetype in the search: followed by the three-letter abbreviation of the file type.

Alternatively, you can also choose the specific type of file you are looking for among the advanced search settings.

6. To search related pages

Use the related: operator to search for pages that have similar content to another.
To do this, type related: followed by the website address. For example, if you find a website that you like, you can use related: to access similar websites.

7. To find definitions

Write define: followed by the word you are looking for to obtain different descriptions of it.

For example define: Okay

8. To perform any calculation

If you enter a mathematical equation in the search box, Google will do the corresponding accounts for you.

This saves you opening the calculator application.

9. To obtain results of a given interval

To specify the numeric range you are interested in, type two periods (..) and then a space and the numbers in the range.

For example, if you want to look for cars that have more than 300 horsepower, you can write cars "300 .. horsepower".

Or if you want to buy something and have a specific budget you can search for items with a price within a certain interval, adding the two points ".." between both quantities.

10. To search for images

When you search for images if you click on search tools you can filter the results by size, colour, type, date of publication and even rights of use.

That allows you, for example, to see only the results of photos that include faces, or of photos that have a high resolution or even images that are available for commercial use.

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