7 Google Search Tricks Everyone Should Know

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7 Google Search Tricks Everyone Should Know

Postby bimjim » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:56 pm

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a3 ... ch-tricks/

7 Google Search Tricks Everyone Should Know
Who knew your results could get any better?
Emma Louise Pritchard
Aug 3, 2015

How often do you use Google search, Google maps, or other search engines? And do you search for recipes, trivia, or to find out what other films that actor (whose name has temporarily escaped you) has also been in?

It's safe to say that Google has become a regular household addition that acts as our best friend when we want to impress our friends with an interesting "Did you know..." and our worst enemy when we want to get to the bottom of an ache or pain.

But do we really know how to search on Google? Or how to search on an iPhone?

Using certain symbols on your keyboard instructs Google to search in multiple ways, so follow our guide to make sure you get the exact information you are seeking...

1. Entering "site:" in the search bar only searches for content on a specific site.

Example: You're on the GH website and you're looking for a recipe.

Enter in search bar:
Site:goodhousekeeping.com lasagna
    — Google will bring you all the lasagna recipes on GH.

2. Putting speech marks around what you're searching for instructs Google to search for that exact phrase and not each word separately.

Example: You've seen an article on GH about an interesting viral story and want to find out about the hashtag.

Enter in search bar:
"No make-up selfie"
    — Google will bring up all the information which includes that phrase, not the individual words.

3. Putting a ~ (bottom left hand corner on a qwerty keyboard) in front of the word you want to search instructs Google to search for related words as well.

Example: You want to know a bit more about your child's university options.

Enter in search bar:
Best place for ~university
    — Google will also search for higher education and similar terms.

4. Inserting .. between two time periods instructs Google to search for all content in between them.

Example: You want to find out where the Olympics have been held over the past 10 years.

Enter in search bar:
Olympic stadiums 2005..2015
    — Google will bring up all information on the Olympics from 2005 to 2015.

5. Putting - in front of a word excludes it from the search.

Example: You would like to . a new car.

Enter in search bar:
Ford -car
    — Google will bring up results for Ford and Ford cars but not for the word car.

6. Compare two different things by inserting vs. in between your two options

Example: You can't decide whether to have pizza or pasta for dinner.

Enter in search bar:
Pizza vs. pasta
    — Google will bring up a comparison of their nutritional facts side by side.

7. Search by image — drag and drop an image into the search bar to find out about its origin.

Example: You have seen a picture on Facebook that looks familiar.

Enter in search bar: Click and hold on the image, drag it over the search bar, and drop it in. Google will tell you where else that image had appeared e.g the news, blogs etc.
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