We are in the era of high speed Internet connections and in a single click we get any kind information. The internet’s biggest blessing called Google has it all. Google has answers to almost every question we ask. However, in order to find better results, we need to know how to search in Google.
Here are some of the tricks of searching for information in Google.
1. Either this or that
Sometimes we are not sure about the correct information or the name we need to search. But this wont create any problem, we can use few potential variations of what we are looking for and separate them by typing the simply “|” symbol. We can also use “or” instead of this symbol, using this technique we can see and select the most appropriate information among the search results.
2. Searching using synonyms
One of the trick is to use ‘~’ symbol between two words. Using that particular symbol will help we in finding the websites on the particular subject we want.
For example, if we search for the term “healthy ~food” we’ll get results about the principles of healthy eating, cooking recipes, as well as healthy dining options.
3. Searching within Websites
When we are reading some kind of an article in a particular website, we can come across an interesting article which we might want to share with others. In order to find that particular article easily, we can search it within the website. All we need to do is to go to the website and type a keyword of that article.
Sometimes we read an interesting article on a website and at the same time we want to share it with our friends/family or reread it. The easiest way to find the particular article, is to type the address of the site, then key word or entire phrase from the article, and it should appear immediately.
4. The Power of Asterisk
Sometimes we fail to recall some part of a keyword or phrase, or number we need in order to find what we’re looking for, we can turn to the powerful “*” symbol. Just use this in the place of the word/phrase we can’t remember, and we should be able to find the results we’re looking for.
5. When lots of words are missing
If we forget things more often and we cannot remember more than a single keyword, we don’t need to worry anymore. We should try to write down the first and the last word and write “AROUND + (the approximate number of missing words)“ in between. For example, ”I wandered AROUND(4) cloud.”
6. Searching Using a time frame
Sometimes we urgently need information about events which took place in a certain period of time. However we don’t remember exact time and year of the event. To do so, you can add a time frame to your search query with the help of three dots between the dates. For example, if we want to find out about scientific discoveries during the 20th century, we can write:
7. Searching for a title or URL
To find the key words and name of an article, type “intitle:“ before the search term, without any spaces between them. In order to find the words from a URL, use ”inurl:”.
8. Finding similar websites
If we’ve found something we really like online and want to find similar websites, type in “related:” and then the address of the site, again without a space between them.
9. Whole phrases
Framing the search term within quotation marks is the simplest and most effective way to find something specific and in the exact order you typed it in.
For example, if you type in the words I’m picking up good vibrations without quotation marks, the search engine will show the results where these words appear in any order on a website, as opposed to the specific order in which you typed them.
If, on the other hand, you type “I’m picking up good vibrations” within quotation marks, you’ll get only those results where these words appear only in the order you typed them in. This is a great way to find the lyrics to a song when you only know one line from it.
10. Unimportant search words
To remove unimportant search words from our query, simply write a minus symbol before each one. For example, if we want to find a site about interesting books, but we aren’t looking to buy them, we can write the following:
These are the few tricks to find information using Google, please go through it and share if you have more tricks to search. Happy and fruitful Searching !!!