Sometimes, when we are searching online, our hunt may end up hopeless and we cannot seem to find what we are looking for. This is a guide that will definitely make you an expert Googler. Be sure to take note of all the 8 tricks listed below, or simply bookmark this page. If you find it difficult to follow, just click on the search example and it will show you how it should be done.
- Finding news in a particular location. If you are searching for news related to a specific place, you can use the location: command to search Google for stories coming from that location.
- Search Example: books for sale location:canada.
- Searching for specific documents. If you are looking to find results that are of a specific file type, you can use the search filter filetype:. For example, you might want to find only Word documents related to the brief history of Japan.
- Search Example: “history of japan” filetype:doc.
- Exclude a particular term. If you want to search the web for cake recipes, but you want to exclude recipes that contain dairy products like eggs. In order to do this, add a – (minus sign) before the term you want to exclude in the search.
- Search Example: cake recipes -egg.
- Searching a specific website. Even if the specific website does not have a search box, you can still search a website. You can ask Google’s help to search a website for particular terms. This is helpful when you forgot the exact page link, and only remember the website. You can use the site: modifier, and follow the format listed below.
- Search Example: site:www.phoenixwebsitedesign.com “google chrome”.
- Looking for the exact phrase. If you want your search results to be more specific, you just need to add quotation marks to your search. This will come in handy when your keywords are too broad and generic. When you add quotes, it will help narrow your results. You can follow the format below and enclose your search terms inside the quotation marks.
- Search Example: “trying to make sense of the stars”.
- Similar words and synonyms. To search for similar terms, you have to use the ~ symbol before the keyword. Let’s say you want to search for books, but then, you also want books that has themes similar to love. So, you will search for books plus the tilde symbol and the keyword love.
- Search Example: books ~love.
- Finding a particular text in a webpage. If you do not know what exactly you are searching for, but you have certain keywords, this trick is useful. The allintext: filter will help you find those keywords, and they do not have to be necessarily beside each other.
- Search Example: allintext:delta canada lake house.
- Searching the URL. If you want to find web pages that mentions a specific keyword in the URL, you just have to type allinurl: and add your keyword.
- Search Example: allinurl:unicorn buzzfeed.
If you think you know everything about Google, think again. Google has features that we all thought never existed. If you think these tips and tricks are not enough, you can check tips on viewing the cached version of a website, and even some fun games.