Remember the myth that humans only use 10% of their brains? This theory has been disproved by scientists, but it still makes us think about everyday tools that we don’t make full use of.
Google is definitely one of the most popular tools in the world. How well do you really know him? You use it every day, and most likely you only use one or two of the myriad available features. There is nothing wrong with that if you are still able to reach the desired destination or search result. What if we could get to the result faster? Seductive, isn’t it?
Google is a global phenomenon responsible for more than 80% of global web searches or billions of searches per day. With his popularity, he also provoked the formation of the verb “google”. It is also the best mediator to resolve disputes. During every heated discussion with friends, whether graphics card or processor is best, I definitely turned to Google for an answer. Google can show you almost any information in an instant, from weather, translation, word definitions to directions and more.
Even though you use the most popular search engine every day, you probably don’t know much about it. We’ve put together some tips to help you expand your collection of search tricks.
Optimize your searches with search operators
Google’s search algorithm is very adept at retrieving the information you are looking for. However, in a more detailed search, you will sometimes come across scenarios where you will not find what you need. However, there are some methods or so-called search operators that can improve search results.
Use quotation marks (“”) to find exact phrases. If you’re looking for 2021 smartphones, you’ll get results with all of these words, but not necessarily in that order. By adding quotes, you will only get results that include all of these words in that order.
Add tildo ~ (abbreviations: Shift + ` or Alt + 126) before the word to find synonyms. Convenient to search for a specific word and possible synonyms. For example, if you search for “Samsung cheap”, Google will also show you results for “Samsung low/low price…”.
Exclude words that you do not want to appear during the search with a minus sign (-). For example, “best android apps” for search results that remove links from the page where they describe the best apps for Android devices.
Enter a colon (..) between the search range numbers. To narrow the results to a date or price range, use a colon between the numbers. You might search for a computer in a certain price range, “gaming computer 500 € .. 1000 €”, and you will get results that match that range.
You can also limit the results to a specific site. Enter the desired phrase and add at the end: the name of the site you want to include in the search. You should also include the website domain (.com, .si…), eg: Best PC 2021: racunalniske-novice.com.
If you are looking for a specific file type, use the : file type operator. This will only return results that match your query. Use, for example: pdf file type to search for PDF documents or document to search for Word documents. Example: “microtransactions: pdf” and you’ll get a search on it.
Advanced Google Search
Perhaps you do not have the will or desire to learn all the operators of the search by heart? In this case, you can use the advanced search from Google. On the Google results page, click the gear icon and select Advanced search to open a new subpage.
In advanced search, you can enter keywords or phrases into custom fields instead of relying on specific operators. You can also filter results by language, region, last update, domain, expression location, explicit content, file type, and more. Image search can also be sorted by image size, page aspect ratio, color, and image type.
Set time limits
Are you just looking for the latest news on a particular topic or trying to find information relevant to a certain time frame? Use Google’s search tools to filter your results. Below the search bar, click the Tools tab. From the newly displayed tools, select any time and set the time frame with the desired value (past hour, day, week, month (). You can also specify a custom time period.
Google Image Search
Google supports “reverse” search in most browsers. This feature allows you to upload an image file and search for information about that image. For example, if you upload a photo from the National Gallery, Google will recognize it and provide you with the information. It also works with faces and can direct you to locations where the image is displayed, select artwork, or visually show similar images.
Go to Google Photos, and drag and drop the image into the search bar. You can also click the camera icon to upload an image or enter the URL of the image.
To be notified every time a particular keyword is posted online, create a special Google alert. Add any number of keywords, then customize the alert to specify how often you need to be notified of which resources, language, and region to include, how many results to display, etc.
The preview will show you what the alert will look like with the current results already indexed by Google.
Google search: hidden points
Developers also love to have fun, and Google hides many hidden attractions related to search.
- Type “the life of the universe and everything” in the search bar and Google will give you the answer to the eternal question. The answer will surprise you.
- Type “oblique” and the screen will tilt slightly.
- Use “Blink HTML”. Both words will flash in the search results.
- Using the search phrase “do the barrel roll” your screen will rotate 360 degrees.
- If you type in the word “Wordle,” Google will simulate the current world game and turn its logo into a word animation.