Google search is synonymous with searching for anything on the web. It’s such a powerful search engine that sometimes you don’t even need to type in the right search query. It is able to recognize what you are looking for despite buggy queries and offer relevant search results. However, there are ways you can make Google searches more efficient and get you the results you want quickly.
There are tips and tricks from Google to help you take full advantage of the search engine. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
We usually conduct a Google search by typing in relevant phrases and words. This works most of the time, but for times when it doesn’t work, you should try using operators in your search query. These operators will help you get more accurate results and find what you’re looking for faster.
- Quotation marks (” “) tell Google to search for the exact phrase you entered. Using “give me sunshine” only returns the results that have the phrase in that particular order.
- Minus (-) excludes terms from the results. You can type “Android phones -LG” to get non-LG Android phone results.
- Adding a tilde (~) in front of a word produces results that include both the word and its synonym.
- Add two periods (..) between numbers to get results related to that specific range. It also works for dates and years. You can search “best android phones for $200-$500” to get results on the best android phones in this price range.
- Use the OR operator to get results that contain one term or another. You can type “Samsung or OnePlus” to get results that contain either Samsung or OnePlus terms.
- Use the AND operator to get results that contain both terms. So if you type “Samsung and OnePlus,” you’ll only see results that contain both terms.
Search for files:
If you just want to search for a specific file format, just use File type: file format followed by the search query to refine your search results. It means tap File type: pdf only displays the results for which a PDF file has been uploaded. You can also add a specific term to get files related to that term.
Look for similar sites:
Google makes it easy to find websites related to a particular favorite website of yours. All you have to do is type related:Website URL and that’s it. So if you type Related: 9gag.comit will show you websites similar to 9Gag.
Google voice search and reverse image search:
When we think of Google search, the first thing that comes to mind is typing. This is the most common way to conduct a search, but it’s not the only way. Google lets you enter search queries by speaking and even using a picture. To use voice search, all you have to do is click the microphone icon in the search bar and speak your search query.
For reverse image search, you need to visit Google Images (images.google.com) first. Next to the microphone you will see an additional camera icon. When you click on the camera icon you have two options: Paste Image URL and Upload an image. Click the appropriate option to perform a search using an image only. This is especially beneficial when you have an image but don’t know what to type or say to get relevant results.
Advanced search takes your search experience to the next level. It eliminates the need to remember all the operators we talked about at the beginning. You can access this by clicking and then selecting Settings on the search results page Advanced Search from the options. You will get a long list of all filter criteria that you can use to narrow down your search results.
Time specific search:
When we search for anything, Google will show results regardless of the timeframe, but it focuses on showing the most recent results first. If you only want to see the results related to a specific time period, you can do so by clicking Tool option on the search page. Then click on At any time to get a set of preset time range options. You can click Custom Range to get results related to a specific range.
Use Google search as a calculator:
The Google search box can also be used as a calculator to solve basic math problems. You can enter queries like 2567+3456, 432*23 and 23% of 627 to get quick results. It even shows a calculator that can be used like a real calculator. You can even enter “tip $200” to calculate how much you should tip.
Units, currencies and time zone converters:
It’s very easy to convert units, currencies and time zones using Google search. All you have to do is enter the relevant search query and Google will do the rest. Some of the examples are:
- Convert 25 miles to km
- Convert 55lbs to kg
- Convert 5 am UK time to EST
- Convert 12 PM ET to GMT
- Convert $25000 to Euro
- How many pounds is $367,890
- $100 in yen
Courier Package Tracking:
You can track your courier packages by simply typing the tracking number in the google search box. It will show you the current status of your package along with a link to the courier company’s official page. The feature currently works with packages from FedEx, UPS, and USPS.
Find and track flights:
If you’re planning to book a flight for your next trip, you can easily do it through Google search. Enter the location you are catching your flight from and your destination to get relevant results. It even offers a range of filters to refine these results to best suit your needs and preferences.
Likewise, you can track flights when you need to pick someone up from the airport. You must enter the flight number to get the latest information available about the flight.
Weather updates and forecasts:
With Google search, you can quickly find the latest weather updates and forecasts for any location in the world. Entering just “weather” will show you details about your current location. You must add the name of the place if you are interested in something else. You can also enter queries such as “will it rain today?” and “Should I take an umbrella today?”.
Real-time inventory updates:
You can search for stock updates by typing in the ticker symbol for a specific listed company. If you don’t know the ticker symbol, you can enter the company name followed by the stock in the search field. Google provides real-time updates for most cases, but when they don’t, they add a disclaimer to let you know about the delay.
where to see:
You have a TV series or a movie that you want to watch but don’t know where to stream it. Google can give you this answer as soon as you search his name. On the right you will find the names of all the streaming services that have the show/movie you are looking for. You can click watch to stream it immediately.
number to words:
Google can tell you how to read a large number of words with a simple search. You need to enter the following search query: “[number]=english” to get the answer. For example, 57873838485=english will tell you that it is read in words as fifty-seven billion eight hundred and seventy-three million eight hundred and thirty-eight thousand four hundred and eighty-five.
Google Alerts keeps you informed about everything that interests you. Visit the relevant website (google.com/alerts) and enter the term for which you want to create an alert. click show options to customize your notification preferences. You can choose notification frequency, sources, language, region, number of results and email address for delivery.
Avoid explicit search results:
If you have a computer where you don’t want to see explicit search results, Google gives you the option to avoid them. On the search results page, click the settings icon and turn on the switch for the Filter for explicit results. This is something you can use when your kids use the computer for their school project research.
Site-specific search results:
Google has a trick you can use to search for results related to a specific website. It can be done by typing Side? site: followed by the website and then the search query. For example, you can search Website: phandroid.com pixel 6 to check out all the Pixel 6 articles we’ve covered at Phandroid.
Google image filter:
Google Images is a powerful search engine dedicated to finding images, but as is the case with traditional search, it has a number of filters to refine those results. On the results page, click tools to get filters: size, color, type, time and usage rights. Each of these filters has sub-filters to further refine your results.
Check definitions, synonyms, origins and translations:
If you want to check the definition, meaning, synonyms and usage of any word, you can do it by typing define:[word] in the search field. As you scroll, you’ll also get a brief idea of the origin of the word. There is also a button to translate the word into another language. Alternatively, you can also type Translate [word] to [language] to get the translation.
Get directions and public transport details:
If you’re driving from one place to another, Google can help you with directions and even public transportation. You must be looking for something similar Directions from Los Angeles to Boston and that’s it. It shows you driving, public transport, walking and cycling directions, as well as details on distance and estimated travel time.