In our era of advanced technology and high-speed Internet connections, you can find information on almost anything. In just a few minutes, we can find recipes for the tastiest cake or learn all about the theory of wave-particle duality.
But, most of the time, we need to examine a vast body of knowledge to get the information we need, and it can take hours, not minutes. That’s why we gathered a list of the most effective search methods on Google to help you find the precious things you’re looking for in just a few clicks.
Great Tricks To Enhance Google Searches
1. Either This Or That
Sometimes, we are not sure of correctly remembering the information or name we need to start our search. But it doesn’t have to be a problem!
Simply insert some potential variations of what you are looking for and separate them by typing the “|” symbol. Instead of this symbol, you can also use “or”. Then it’s it is easy to choose the result that makes the most sense.
2. Search Using Synonyms
Our language is rich in synonyms. This can sometimes be very convenient when researching online. If you need to find sites on a particular topic, instead of those that include a specific phrase, add the “~” symbol to your search.
For example, if you search for the term “healthy ~food”, you’ll get results on healthy eating principles, cooking recipes, and healthy eating options.
3. Searching Within Websites
Sometimes you read an interesting article on a website and then you want to share it with your friends or just reread it. The easiest way to find the information you want again is to search within the website. To do this, enter the website address and then a keyword or full phrase from the article, and it should come up immediately.
4. The Power Of The Asterisk
When our cunning memory decides to prevent us from remembering that keyword, phrase or number we need to find what we are looking for, you can turn to the powerful “*” symbol. Just use this instead of the word/phrase you can’t remember and you can find the results you are looking for.
5. When Lots Of Words Are Missing
If you can’t remember the longest half of the sentence, instead of a single keyword, try typing the first and last word and put “AROUND + (the approximate number of missing words)“ between them. For example, ”I wandered AROUND(4) cloud.”
6. Using A Time Frame
Sometimes, we need to familiarize ourselves with events that occurred over a certain period of time. To do this, you can add a time frame to your search query with the help of three periods between dates. For example, if we want to discover scientific discoveries during the 20th century, we can write:
7. Searching For A Title Or URL
To help find keywords and an article name, type “intitle” before the search term, with no spaces between them. To find the words in a URL, use ”inurl:”.
8. Find Similar Websites
If you found something you really like online and want to find similar sites, type “related:” and the site address, again with no space between them.
9. Whole Phrases
Framing the search term in quotation marks is the simplest and most effective way to find something specific and in the exact order, you wrote it.
For example, if you type the words I’m picking up good vibrations without quotation marks, the search engine will show results where those words appear in any order on a website, rather than 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 will only get results where those words will appear only in the order you wrote them. This is a great way to find the lyrics to a song when you only know one line.
10. Unimportant Search Words
To remove unimportant search words from your query, simply type a minus symbol before each one. For example, if you want to find a site about interesting books, but don’t want to buy them, type the following:
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