We often are hit by situations when we don't exactly find what we are searching for on Google. You could be searching for any particular subject, but Google may give irrelevant results. The situation could be quite frustrating. But there is good news for all those who hate this problem. We have some real tricks to getting efficient and highly specific search results.
So what are we waiting for? Let's get on board to know our options for better Google search. Take a look.
Putting on a topic that you are searching for in the search box may lead to a plethora of results. A high percentage of these results can be irrelevant to what you were searching for. So, we have some tips to put in a specific topic.
You can give explicit phrases to the Google search box. Enclose the words in double quotes. If you search for startup hacks, type "startup hacks" in the search box. You can exclude the words you don't want in results with a hyphen. Type startup hacks -funding options. This will exclude funding options from the startup hacks results.
Google by default searches for all the words you type. If you want to get results of any of the phrases, use OR. Use startup hacks OR funding options to get results that include any one of them.
If you want to search a particular term within a website and the website doesn't have a search feature, you still have an option. You can use site:somesite.com modifier. If searching for other websites with similar content of a site you already know, use related:somesite.com modifier.
You can also search for all the pages containing MashupCorner articles, use link: command, immediately followed by the name of the page. Google will give all the pages linking to the official website of the MashupCorner.
On top of the Google search results, we can see the tabs like Web, Image, News, Videos, etc. You can use these to search the results of a specific category. These tabs reduce a lot of your search time.
You also have search tools at the top. These would help you to get results of a specific country or time. You can also use verbatim to get the results with the exact words that you type.
You can use Google to get the results where the texts that you type are the places where you want them to be.
If you want the words you are searching for only in the texts irrespective of their order, type allintext: immediately followed by your phrase.
You want a web page where your words appear in the title, not in the exact order, type allintitle: immediately followed by your words.
Now, if you want a word from your search-phrase to appear in the text and other elsewhere in title or URL etc., type the first word followed by intext: and them immediately followed by the other word. You want a web page where one of your words appear in the title of the page and other elsewhere in text or URL, type the first term followed by intitle: immediately followed by the other word.
If you want to have results with certain words in the URL, type allinurl: immediately followed by the term.
If you want a quick definition of a word, use define: followed by the word. You can even hear the pronunciation of the word by clicking the megaphone icon.
To translate a phrase or a word from a language to another, just type translate [word] to [language].
One of the most amazing features of Google search is its capability of handling mathematical calculations. Just type in Square root of 18137823 or square of 529, and you get instant results.
Wondering what is sunrise and sunset time for Manchester. Now you can quickly type in Sunrise Manchester and Google will answer your curiosity with ease.
If you are working with people from multiple time zones, keeping track of the clock can be extremely tricky. Here's how Google comes to the rescue. Just type time followed by the name of the city, country and you will get the current time of that place
Feel like reading a Sidney Sheldon novel? It is easy to get the list of books written by an author of your choice. Just type books Author: [Author Name] and you will get your answer.
Same way you can search for music by a particular artist as well type in music artist: [Artist Name]
Looking for a stopwatch to set a countdown timer? Google got it covered for you. Just type set timer for X minutes and the stopwatch starts running.
Hope these tricks help you search better. Share your feedback and other hacks in comments. Happy Googling. :)