Different Ways of Searching in Google

Google search is one of the most widely used search engines in the world. We use it every day to search various things like study materials, news, current trends, wiki articles, song lyrics, new innovations and many more. However, even though we use it every day, we may not always find exactly what we are looking for.

So, here are some useful tips and tricks which will make searching in Google much more effective:

 

1. Use quotes to search for exact phrases:

When you search for a phrase in quotes, it will yield pages with the same words in the same order as in the quotes. This is especially useful when searching for something specific.

For example, searching "my magic tricks" will result in pages containing the words in the same order as in the quotes whereas searching my magic tricks will result in pages that contain those three words in any order.

 

2. Use asterisk (*) wildcard to search for a phrase with missing words:

When you want to search for a phrase with missing words, place an asterisk (*) within the search as a placeholder for any unknown terms. The search engine uses the asterisk as placeholder to search the phrase. Example:

3. Include and Exclude keywords:

Including and excluding keywords makes it easier to search for exactly what you are looking for. It will help you filter the results. Moreover, you can include and exclude as many keywords as you like. To include keyword we use the + sign and the – sign is used to exclude keyword.

For instance, searching for: merlin –tv +wizard may get you pages containing only about the wizard Merlin.

 

4. Searching a range of numbers:

This trick is especially useful for searching statistical records. To search for a range of numbers, we use two dots and numbers after the search phrase.

For example:

  1. "scientific discoveries” 1990..2017

  2. MLB world series champion..2010

The first example will return pages containing records of scientific discoveries from 1990 to 2017 and the second example will give the winner of the 2010 MLB World Series champion.

 

5. Use OR for multiple searches:

Google search can be used to search multiple words at once. To do so, you can use “OR” between two phrases or words to get two separate, but related bits of information. This is also useful to search for pages that have one of several words. The “OR” in the search should be capitalized. For instance, searching caramel OR chocolate will show pages that have either caramel or chocolate. Googling caramel or chocolate will return different results.

6. Using the search operators:

Using search operators greatly narrows down the search results when you use them with your search terms. These operators can be used together to filter the results and are also available within the Google Advanced Search page.

Here are some uses of some very useful search operators:

i. To search for phrases or words in a certain website or domain:

To search for something in a specific website, we enter the search term followed by “site:” operator and then URL of the site or the domain.

For example, searching admission site:.edu will result in pages with admission information in the .edu domain. Similarly, searching apple site:wikipedia.org will give you articles containing the keyword apple in the Wikipedia website.

ii. To Search for pages linked to a certain page:

To search pages that link to a certain page, we use the operator “link:” followed by the URL of the page. For example, link:www.twitter.com will show pages that point to the twitter home page.

 

iii. To Search for sites that are similar to a certain website:

To find websites that are similar to a certain website, we use the operator “related:” followed by the URL of the website. For example, related:www.facebook.com will show websites that are similar to Facebook.

 

iv. Searching for a specific file type:

To search for a specific file, we enter the search term along with the operator “filetype:” followed by the type of file. Example: rainyday filetype:ppt

 

While using search operators, you should be careful not to put space after the colon. If you want to learn some more search operators you can refer to this comprehensive guide.

 

7. Use the search functions provided by Google:

Google has several useful functions that allow you to look up information without having to navigate to other sites. You can check the weather, check the definition of a word, check your flight status, look up stocks, and do many more without having to navigate to any websites.

Here are some of the functions which will make searching much more time-effective:

 

Function

Execution

To search the definition of a word

Enter “define” followed by the desired word

To search the origins of a given word

Enter “etymology” followed by the desired word

To look up the time at a specific region

Enter “time” followed by the desired region

To search for the sunrise and sunset times at a specific area

Enter “sunrise” or “sunset” followed by zip code or city name

To check the weather of a specific area

Enter “weather” followed by zip code or city name

To check the status of a flight

Enter the flight number in the search bar

To look up stock quotes

Enter the stock symbol in the search bar

To look up the date of a holiday

Enter the name of the holiday in the search bar

To track a package

Enter the tracking number in the search bar

To use the calculator

Enter equation in the search bar

To look up movies showing in your area

Enter “movies” followed by your zip code or city name

To look up sports scores

Enter the name of the sports team in the search bar

To convert currency or measurements

Enter the first amount and unit followed by “to”, and then the second unit

To translate words or phrases from one language to another

Enter “translate” followed by the desired word or phrase, then the language you wish to translate to