I have compiled a list of search tips you can use daily to enhance the search accuracy and improve your productivity.
Here are search tips
1. Exact phrase search
You can search the exact phrase by placing it inside the quotes. For example “Computer News” and Computer News give entirely different result. The phrase inside quote gives results containing the exact phrase.
2. Use asterisk in quotes
If you don’t know the exact phrase (missing word) you can use asterisk within the quotes to specify unknown or variable words. For example searching “oil price in *” can result in the search containing all one more word in the phrase – like “oil price in USA” or “oil price in Europe” and likes.
You can try “when life gives you *” and see what word might have appeared at the place of asterisk or what are the varieties of the phrase.
3. Define words for meaning
If you need the meaning of a word and don’t want to get to the dictionary, Google can also be a great help. Just search for define:word and google gives the meaning of the word.
4. Delete word from search, use minus
If you are searching for all the fun things about “when life gives you” phrase but not with lemon, you can search for “when life gives you” -lemons. Now, can get all those OJ and Ruby quotes without lemons in them.
I thought this tool would have been handy to search for the place in Nepal called Mustang. But, the search Mustang -car -Ford car and Ford from the search, but results were still about Mustang, the car. But, Mustang place did the trick though.
5. site: search
If you want to search a particular site for keywords, use “site:” tool. For example, if you want to search for Facebook in computernewsreport.com, you can type:
6. Compare foods with vs
Google has a full nutrients information on the most common food items. If you need to compare two foods, Google lists the full nutritional information of the foods. For example I wanted to know the difference between eating rice and pasta – as I typed
pasta vs rice in Google search, the following screen appeared even before I clicked on the search button.
There is a chart for
Pasta vs spaghetti but I couldn’t find one for
pasta vs sandwich. That might be because sandwich depends more on the ingredients it is made up of.
7. Search image by image
Did you know that Google lets you search images by letting you upload your own image. For example, if you want to search for a person you have taken a photo of, or you might want to search for the image you had saved in your computer. Google lets you upload the image and show all the location the image available and also similar photos.
To use this feature you might want to search some thing random in google homepage and click on “Image” tab on the top (as shown in the image above).
I uploaded a photo to test, Google rightly found out the page I downloaded image from. But, the visually similar photos didn’t match the actress.
8. Google Search Tools
When you click on the Google’s “Search Tools” link available on any search result, you are offered various tools to tailor your search. You can tailor the search by country, by time, and by the city.
Among them, I find city/location and time the most useful function. I can easily filter the updates of a particular date or range of dates. Following example shows the custom date range search result:
9. Video, Image, News, Maps, Books, Flights, Apps
It is obvious google lets us to search for Video, Image, News, Maps. There is a more button containing Books, Flights, Apps to search for.
If you haven’t clicked on the ‘More’ button, it is the time to start. Ability to searching Books, Flights and Apps are very useful tool today.
10. Hidden Calculator
Most of us have used Google to search pages but have you used it as a calculator?
If you haven’t here is how you can use it as a calculator.
Here are other operators that you can use in Google Search Calculator
sqrt – square root
sin, cos, etc. – trigonometric functions (numbers are assumed to be radians) for example – sin(pi/3), tan(45 degrees)
ln logarithm base e
log logarithm base 10
^ exponentiation (raise to a power of)
% modulo (finds the remainder after division)
% of X % of Y computes X percent of Y
More details can be found in Google’s help on calculator.