Google Search is a crucial tool in our day to day life. We use it for everything, from finding restaurants near us to calculating distances. But are you really using it to its full potential? Check out these highly useful little-known tricks to become a pro-Google Searcher.
Define Words. Type “define” before your search to get an encyclopedic definition of your word (E.g. Define flammable). It even works with slang terms (e.g. “define hmu”).
Search for a Range of Numbers. This trick is very useful when looking for price ranges or periods of time. Place two periods between the numbers you are trying to search, and you’ll only get results between those values (e.g. “Canon $100..$300”).
Search on Specific Websites. Google allows you to look up results in specific websites without actually leaving Google. If you want to see how many times we have mentioned Google on MusicSnake Magazine, use the search “google site:musicsnake.com” on your browser.
How to Search for Specific Phrases. This might be the most universal and essential Google Search trick out there, and yet most people don’t ever use it. Simply use quotations marks to encompass a specific phrase or quote you want to search (e.g. “May the Force be with you”).
Specify Variable Words on your Google Search
This trick will complement the previous one: when looking for terms inside quotation marks, add an asterisk to replace a word that may vary or which you simply don’t remember. You will get results with different versions of your quote, including different words for the asterisk (e.g. “May the * be with you”).
Weather, Time, Sunrise and Sunset. Check the weather or current time in any city in the world by typing “weather” or “time” followed by your zip code/city name. If you want to find out what time the sunrise and sunset will take place, do the same, using the words “sunset” or “sunrise” instead (e.g. “Sunset 94015”).
Eliminate Specific Words. Imagine you are looking for Santander (the coastal city in Northern Spain), but all you get are results about the bank. Simply add a minus sign to eliminate a word you don’t want to come up in your results. (E.g. Santander -bank.)
Play Atari on Google. This is more of a fun joke than an actual useful function. Type “Atari Breakout” on Google Images and see what happens.
Search for a Word in the Title, URL or Body. Use the qualifier “inurl:” to find results specifically in a webpage’s URL. Do the same for the page’s body of text and title by typing “intitle:” and “intext:” before the desired word.
Reverse Google Search. If you want to find similar pictures or sizes of an image you already have, you can use Google Image’s reverse search. You can either upload/drag the picture or paste the URL into the browser, and you’ll get similar photographs.
You are now all set to Google Search like a pro. MusicSnake Magazine hopes you found our list interesting! Check out our recent post “Global Marketing is the Best Digital Marketing Agency in San Francisco”, a story about a Silicon Valley based entrepreneur Fred King and his marketing agency.