Worldwide, there are an estimated two billion Google searches a day. If you’re like most people, you’re on that list. Google has become much more than a search tool – it’s an everyday necessity. For many using the Internet search giant on a regular basis, the idea of an ever better Google seems too good to be true. But the fact is there are some simple tips and tricks that you can start using today to make your Google time even more productive.
One of the easiest ways to make Google work harder for you is to click on the Advanced Search link. While not necessary for simple searches, advanced features can be a great resource for difficult-to-find answers or extensive research. Within the Advanced Search link, you can specify how many results you want to see per page, what language and file type preferences you have, and even which domains you’d like to restrict your search to. If you’ve never done an advanced Google search, it’s worth taking the time to get to know the feature.
Another way to make the most out of your time on Google is to get to know how searches work. For example, certain words can alter the type of search that Google performs. Type any two words (for example water ice ) into the search bar, and Google will look up results containing both words. The addition of certain words or symbol can then customize your results. Add the word “OR” or the “|” symbol to search for water OR ice . Add the word “AND” to search for water AND ice . Add quotation marks to search for phrases like “ice water running through his veins” .
Google will automatically ignore certain words like I, and, if, and then. If you’d like to make sure these “stop words” are included in your search, add the plus operator ( black +and blue ). Keep in mind that if a stop word is included in a phrase within quotation marks, it will be included in the search.
Aside from basic searches, you can also have Google take some work out of your hands. To have Google fill in a blank, use an asterisk. Try a phrase like Thomas Edison discovered * to have your research kicked off for you. To conduct a search within a numerical range, use two periods between your values. For example, shorten your comparison shopping time by searching for Asus laptop $500..$1200 . And to only search within title pages, add “intitle” before your search term. (As in, intitle:technology .) Finally, you can use the Google search bar to perform some basic calculations and conversions, as well. Type in $600 in Euros , 108 + 7988 , 38 pounds in kg , time in Los Angeles, CA or a similar phrase to see an answer displayed right away.