Nov 24, 2014

9 Best Google Tricks to Try

Many people believe that Google is just a popular search engine that helps them find a useful and necessary information. However, there are a few tricks you may want to try and to use every time you need to find something important. These tricks can make your search easier and you will find what you need faster. Change the way you use Google with these simple tips:

1. University researches

Whether you are a student or a writer, this Google trick is a must-try. I’m a huge fan of learning something new each day and when I want to find something true and useful, I just type ‘site:edu’ first and then what I need to find. This option helps limit the number of educational institutions. Sometimes I also type ‘site:edu intitle’ and then what I need to find. For instance, type ‘harvard:edu diet’ to find the best results from Harvard University.

2. Use double quotation marks

Looking for something specific? Try using double quotation marks. I often look for song lyrics (I’m sure I’m not alone) and this Google trick makes my search a bit easier and faster. I put double quotation marks around my search and Google finds me everything containing all words I typed in. I also use double quotation marks to find quotes. This one of the most useful Google tricks you can use daily.

3. Specific websites

When you need to find some information on a specific website, use this sneaky Google trick. Just type in the word ‘site,’ a colon, the website and the key words of the information you are looking for. For instance, if you want to find something about healthy lifestyle here on Womanitely, type ‘site:womanitely.com healthy lifestyle’, and enjoy reading!

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4. The power of asterisk

I’ve been looking for this Google trick for months since I have trouble remembering lyrics of the songs. If you like a song but you don’t remember all of the words, try using asterisks as place fillers. For instance, type in ‘all I want*life*good time,’ and you will find that it’s Three Days of Grace The Good Life! You can use the power of asterisk with quotes or anything you want to find too.

5. The power of tilde

Usually, we don’t use the tilde key and many people think that this key is unnecessary. However, it’s actually useful! If you search something important and you want Google to show you results with its synonyms, type in a tilde before a word. For instance, if you’re looking for Spanish salads only, type in ‘spanish~salads’ to find Spanish salad recipes and omit other recipes you don’t need.

6. Dots

Use this trick when looking for dates, statistics, or measurements, add two dots to your search between two numbers, and Google will show you the information you need. For instance, if you’re looking for some important historic facts of 50s, type in ‘historic facts 1950..1959,’ and hopefully it will help you to find what you’re looking for.

7. New websites

If you want to find a few new websites related to your favorite ones, you don’t have to spend hours searching for them. Just specify your favorite website in your search, add the word ‘related’ and a colon and see the results. For instance, if you are looking for the website related to Amazon, type in ‘related:amazon.com.’ Sure, you won’t use this Google trick daily, but it’s worth remembering.

8. The power of hyphen

If you Google something regularly, you know how it’s hard to find what you need when you have two meanings. To make your search easier and quicker, type in a hyphen between those two meanings. This will help you to avoid unnecessary information and get what you’re searching for.

9. Do a barrel roll

While this Google trick won’t help you in your searching, it’s still interesting to try. Have you ever tried to type in ‘do a barrel roll’? Give it a try! Google will do a 360-degree spin. I think there’s no point in describing this trick, just try it and see what you think.

Whether you work or study, these Google tricks can come in handy. Learn to use them and enjoy a quick and easy search every time you need to find some specific information. Have you ever heard of any of these Google tricks? Did you know any other tricks? Let me know!