Google has a lot to choose from, and we don’t just mean the millions of results returned by the searches performed by millions of users around the world using the search engine.
In this case, options are resources provided by major web search engines to make your search easier, more granular, and more accurate. All so that you can actually find what you’re looking for. But while the tool’s functionality is almost automatic, there are plenty of tips and tricks to make your life easier.
Google provides content in an organized manner, allowing you to filter results or perform advanced searches. It can even act as a calculator, currency or metric converter, and you can search specific websites for more specific content.
The most important 30 Tips and Tricks to improve Google Search :
1. Browse tabs
The first thing to do when googling is to consider which category it falls into. The search engine can do a general web search (the default search), but it has many tabs for finding specific formats.
With this in mind, you can use Google with greater precision and flexibility to easily search for photos, videos, or get directions around a city.
Options include Maps, Messages, Pictures, Videos, Books, Purchases, and a dedicated section for the app. The order in which they appear changes depending on what you’re looking for – in the example below, searching for Brazil provides easy access to the Maps option:
2. Use quotation marks to search for specific terms and phrases
Do you want to find text with a specific term or expression? Then use quotes. For example, if you type “This is not your life,” Google will recognize that you followed that exact phrase, so it will show the results in full order.
If you just search for life without quotes, the results may be similar, but you may also see pages with the same phrase next to each other – not necessarily in that order. Therefore, using double quotes can make the search more precise.
3. Filter Results
When you search for something on Google, you can access the Search Tools option to get the most out of the search engine. By clicking this button, you can narrow down the results to be more accurate. You can define the nationality, language, publication date, or precision with which the website appears in the answer, as if you had used quotation marks.
Additionally, Google uses your location to improve the accuracy of results. This allows you to find results in your area – great for searches related to service searches.
4. Search on a specific website
Assuming you’re looking for information through Google, using a search engine might be a good option. However, if you want to see what some site has already published through Google, for example, you can do it in a very simple way.
Open a search engine and enter: google > site:(site domain). This tells the site that you only want to search for the term google on the website that you want. Using the same structure, you can search for any content (term or phrase) on any web page, and you can use the quotation marks in tip 2 to refine your results.
5. Use keywords
Google is very friendly with keywords because they help you find more results for what you’re looking for. It may not be ideal to use certain buildings, such as pizzerias that deliver food after midnight. So opt for a more general structure, like a pizzeria with late-night delivery.
6. Find similar sites
Found a site that sells used books and want to find others doing the same? Then Google can help. Let’s take the Forbes website as an example. To find similar sites, search for related:forbes.com.
Note that results usually come from blogs like Forbes. This feature is very interesting because less work is required to browse websites on the Internet in a specific area, whether it is business, specific news about technology, sports, etc.
7. Use hyphens to exclude words
Another way to improve your search results is to use hyphens to remove unwanted terms from your search. For example, if you wanted to search for Trojan horses, you might find answers about the historical gifts of wood and computer viruses that the Greeks gave to their Trojan rivals.
If you type trojan -greece, the results will automatically exclude results about historical figures and focus only on their digital versions. This example can be applied to many other functions and will help you eliminate unwanted results before they are discovered.
8. Find variations of the same sentence
Google is a smart service that tries to predict what you want when you type something into a search engine. However, this is not always possible. To increase the likelihood of finding what you’re looking for, using more search terms may be the best option.
A good tip for this is two or more variations of the same phrase, for example: “how to do a google search” or “how to do a google search”. If you prefer, you can use the same structure to search for individual terms.
9. Search with asterisks
The asterisk acts as a wildcard in the search; H. If you include it in your search, Google will replace it with any word. If you search for “hot dog with *”, the results will return that phrase along with several other terms.
10. Information in Title, URL or Text
Two interesting features of Google allow you to search for information contained only in the title of a page or its URL. If you search under the heading: Brazil Championship, the results will be filled with options with the words “Brazil Championship” in the page title.
The inurl:surf option returns only pages with the term “surf” in the URL. Use the intext: prefix if you want the results to come only from the text content of the page.
11. Learn about football championships
When a major sporting event happens, Google shows you information directly on the search screen. So, for example, if you’re looking for the Europe Championship, in addition to the full schedule and standings, you’ll see a table with the latest results.
The same applies to other competitions such as the Copa America, European Cup, UEFA Champions League, World Cup and other national football championships around the world.
12. Use Google as a calculator
In addition to everything Google does, it also acts as a calculator. When you type math into the search box, pressing Enter gives you results almost instantly
13. Use Google as a dictionary
Searching for word definitions directly on Google is also a good option. To do this, just prefix the term with define: and you’ll see its definition in a highlighted box on the results screen. For example, define: palindrome .antly.
14. Use Google as a metric converter
Do you want to know how many meters are 30,000 feet? No problem, Google has the answer for you. Other types of conversions are also possible, such as miles to yards, meters per second to kilometers per hour, liters to ten liters, tons to milligrams, and so on. To do so, simply search using terms such as 30,000 feet (meters), 20 kilometers per hour (meters per second), 1 ton (mg).
15. Use Google as a currency converter
If you want to find out what 100 USD or 100 EUR is worth in Reals, Google can help too. Although there are reservations about the official exchange rate used by the service – it will explicitly warn you and advise you that it is best to confirm the exchange rate before making a trade – the tool can be used to generate a basis.
16. Use Google to get weather information
To find out if you should bring an umbrella or extra coat when you leave home, use Google. To find out what’s going on in Curitiba, just enter Curitiba Weather – of course just change the city name to get weather information elsewhere.
17. Compare product prices
Google has an exclusive price comparison section, so just use the site’s traditional search to search for products and you’ll see a Google Shopping box on the right side of the screen.
If you visit it – or by clicking the “Shopping” tab at the top of the screen – you’ll see more details. The menu on the left allows you to further filter the results by selecting a store and price range.
Above, you can change the screen view mode (list or grid) as well as ranking (for example by price or relevance).
18. Find Free Fonts
Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional graphic designer, Google can help you find free fonts. The google.com/fonts section exists for that, allowing you to browse over 700 font families grouped into different categories.
Some additional features such as filters such as B. Font Details or Font Type are still available. By logging into your Google Account, you can create your own print collection that you can access from anywhere on the web.
19. Check the timetables of other cities
If for any reason you want to know what time it is in another city, just ask Google. For example, enter the time in Buenos Aires to find out the time in Argentina’s capital. This applies to every city in the world.
20. Check the flight plan
Google is a versatile tool that can provide you with a wealth of information. Below is the flight schedule from your city. For example, simply enter a flight to Recife to search for a flight from your current location to the capital of Pernambuco.
21. Check movie times
You want to plan a movie theater, but you don’t want to visit the websites of all the companies in your city that offer the service. what do I do? Go to Google. Searching for the name of a movie that is still playing may be sufficient, but adding a time term to the search may give you more accurate results.
22. Keep an eye on stock exchange prices
The information Google can provide you also includes exchange-related data. Type “Google stock” or “GOOG” (the company’s acronym on the stock market) to get this data in a convenient, instant way.
23. Ask specific questions
Do you want to know the distance between two cities? Do you want to know how many kilometers are between the earth and the moon? Do you want to know when Carnival and Easter will be next year? Just ask Google.
24. Filter Results on Images
When searching for images, you can also access advanced features that make searching easier. Access research tool options to filter results to make them more specific. Set size limit, color tone, image type, file creation interval, or usage rights.
25. Search by Image
There are several ways to search for images. Go to image.google.com, and instead of typing, click the camera-shaped button.
Here you can paste the URL of an image you find on the web, or send a file from your computer so Google can find similar photos.
Another option is to click on the “Search Image” option if you found the image from Google itself.
26. Open a page or image file
When you find an image, click it to preview not only the photo, but some of the information in it. You have two options: click Visit Page to open the page that uses the image, or click View Image to open the file in the browser only.
27. Find Similar Images
If you click on the image in the Google Images results, you will see details about the file and you can open the page that uses it or its direct link. There is also a related images option to merge similar images together.
Click Show More to see more results.
28. Choose image size
When searching for images, you can filter the results to show only small, medium, or large images. Additionally, the “All Sizes” option will display all copies of images found on the web, regardless of size.
Search for videos
29. Filter Results
You also have the option to better filter results when invoking Google Video Search from the Videos tab or video.google.com. In this section you can determine whether you want results from a Brazilian website or the entire web, the length of the video, the date it was published, the quality of the broadcast, whether it has subtitles, and of course the source of the images.
The last option is one of the most interesting, as it allows you to target content from today’s leading web video services, including TV channels and portals other than YouTube – and of course you can browse the Google Video video service here as well.
30. Filter Results
As with all areas of specific Google searches, there is a “Search Tools” option in News Search. There, you can better filter the results by choosing the source of the news you want to see (nationality), as well as the type of content (any kind of website or just a blog) and even when it was published.
When searching for news, rankings are likely to be critical. So decide whether you want to see the most relevant results or the least published results first.