Google tricks that will change the way you search

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Google Search’s learn­ing curve is an odd one. You use it ev­ery day, but still all you know is how to search. But the search en­gine has plenty of tricks up its sleeve.

Here is an over­view of some of the most use­ful Google search tricks, from ba­sic tips to new fea­tures just re­cently re­leased.

1. Use quotes to search for an ex­act phrase.

This one’s a well-known, sim­ple trick: search­ing a phrase in quotes will yield only pages with the same words in the same or­der as what’s in the quotes. It’s one of the most vi­tal search tips, es­pe­cially use­ful if you’re try­ing to find re­sults con­tain­ing a spe­cific a phrase.

2. Use an as­terisk within quotes to spec­ify un­known or vari­able words.

Here is a lesser known trick: search­ing a phrase in quotes with an as­terisk re­plac­ing a word will search all vari­a­tions of that phrase. It’s help­ful if you’re try­ing to de­ter­mine a song from its lyrics, but you couldn’t make out the en­tire phrase (e.g. “imag­ine all the * liv­ing for to­day”), or if you’re try­ing to find all forms of an ex­pres­sion (e.g. “* is thicker than wa­ter”).

3. Use the mi­nus sign to elim­i­nate re­sults con­tain­ing cer­tain words.

You will want to elim­i­nate re­sults with cer­tain words if you’re try­ing to search for a term that’s gen­er­at­ing a lot of re­sults that aren’t of in­ter­est to you. Fig­ure out what terms you’re not in­ter­ested in (e.g. jaguar -car) and re-run the search. 4. Search web­sites

key­words. Think of the “site:” func­tion as a Google search that searches only a par­tic­u­lar web­site. If you want to see ev­ery time

for men­tioned Google, use the search “Google”.

5. Search news ar­chives go­ing back to the mid-1880s.

Google News has an op­tion to search over 100 years’ worth of archived news from news­pa­pers around the world.

6. Com­pare foods us­ing “vs.”

Can­not de­cide be­tween a burger or pizza for din­ner? Type in “rice vs. quinoa,” for ex­am­ple, and you will re­ceive side-by-side com­par­isons of the nu­tri­tional facts.

7. Fil­ter search re­sults for recipes.

If you search your fa­vorite food, and then click “Search Tools” right un­der the search bar, you will be able to fil­ter recipes based on in­gre­di­ents, cook time and calo­ries. It is the per­fect tool if you have cer­tain di­etary re­stric­tions.

8. Use “DE­FINE:” to learn the mean­ing of words—slang in­cluded.

Stream­line the dic­tionary process by us­ing, for ex­am­ple, “DE­FINE: mort­gage.” For words that ap­pear in the dic­tionary, you will be able to see et­y­mol­ogy and a graph of its use over time along­side the def­i­ni­tion. Google will even sift the web to de­fine slang words or acronyms. Try out “DE­FINE: bae” or “DE­FINE: SMH”. 9. Tilt your screen

search­ing “tilt.” This is one of the fun ad­di­tions built in by Google engi­neers. Try it out your­self (search with­out quotes).

10. Play Atari Break­out by search­ing it on Google Im­ages.

The leg­endary brick breaker game is avail­able for easy ac­cess on Google. Just search “Atari Break­out” (with­out quotes) on Google Im­ages and en­joy.

11. Search im­ages us­ing im­ages.

Ever come across a photo that looks strangely fa­mil­iar? Or if you want to know where it came from? If you save the im­age, and then search it on Google Im­ages (with the cam­era but­ton), you will be able to see sim­i­lar im­ages on the web.

12. Press the mic icon on Google’s search bar, and say “flip a coin” or “heads or tails.”

The fea­ture re­leased last month lets Google flip a coin for you when you don’t have one on hand.


Source: Jack Lin­shi/ time. com/ Photo: icon­ @sinach360 & @dai­ly_trust

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