Saturday, 6 August 2016

Google Tricks That Will Change the Way You Search




Google Search’s learning curve is an odd one. You use it every day and may be able to even find whatever you are searching for. Interestingly, the search engine does much more than basic search and has plenty of interesting tricks up its sleeve. If you would like to get the most out of the Search engine, please read on.

Just for Fun: Try searching “Do a Barrel Roll”, without quotes and see what google can do for you.


How to search on Google

Tip 1: Start with the basics

No matter what you're looking for, start with a simple search like where's the closest airport? You can always add a few descriptive words if necessary.

If you're looking for a place or product in a specific location, add the location. For example, Yas Island

Tip 2: Search using your voice

Tired of typing? Say "Ok Google" or choose the microphone icon to search using your voice. Learn more about "Ok Google" and voice search.

Tip 3: Choose words carefully

When you're deciding what words to put in the search box, try to choose words that are likely to appear on the site you're looking for. For example, instead of saying my head hurts, say headache, because that’s the word a medical site would use.

Tip 4: Don’t worry about the little things

Spelling. Google's spell checker automatically uses the most common spelling of a given word, whether or not you spell it correctly.

Capitalization. A search for New York Times is the same as a search for new york times.

Tip 5: Find quick answers

For many searches, Google will do the work for you and show an answer to your question in the search results. Some features, like information about sports teams, aren't available in all regions.
  • Weather: Search weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name, like weather Seattle, to find weather for a certain place.
  • Dictionary: Put define in front of any word to see its definition.
  • Calculations: Enter a math equation like 3*9123, or solve complex graphing equations.
  • Unit conversions: Enter any conversion, like 3 dollars in euros.
  • Sports: Search for the name of your team to see a schedule, game scores and more. 
  • Quick facts: Search for the name of a celebrity, location, movie, or song to find related information. 
Tip 6: Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

This one’s a well-known, simple trick: searching a phrase in quotes will yield only pages with the same words in the same order as what’s in the quotes. It’s one of the most vital search tips, especially useful if you’re trying to find results containing a specific a phrase.

Tip 7: Use an asterisk within quotes to specify unknown or variable words

Here’s a lesser known trick: searching a phrase in quotes with an asterisk replacing a word will search all variations of that phrase. It’s helpful if you’re trying to determine a song from its lyrics, but you couldn’t make out the entire phrase (e.g. “imagine all the * living for today”), or if you’re trying to find all forms of an expression (e.g. “* is thicker than water”).

Tip 8: Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words

You’ll want to eliminate results with certain words if you’re trying to search for a term that’s generating a lot of results that aren’t of interest to you. Figure out what terms you’re not interested in (e.g. jaguar -car) and re-run the search.

Tip 9: Search websites for keywords

Think of the “site:” function as a Google search that searches only a particular website. If you want to see every time TIME.com mentioned Google, use the search “Google site: TIME.com”.

Tip 10: Search news archives going back to the mid-1880s

Google News has an option to search over 100 years’ worth of archived news from newspapers around the world.

Tip 11: Compare foods using “vs”

Can’t decide between a burger or pizza for dinner? Type in “rice vs. quinoa,” for example, and you’ll receive side-by-side comparisons of the nutritional facts.



Tip 12: Filter search results for recipes

If you search your favorite food, and then click “Search Tools” right under the search bar, you’ll be able to filter recipes based on ingredients, cook time and calories. It’s the perfect tool if you have certain dietary restrictions.

Tip 13: Use “DEFINE:” to learn the meaning of words - slang included

Streamline the dictionary process by using, for example, “DEFINE: mortgage.” For words that appear in the dictionary, you’ll be able to see etymology and a graph of its use over time alongside the definition. Google will even sift the web to define slang words or acronyms. Try out “DEFINE: bae” or “DEFINE: SMH”.

Tip 14: Tilt your screen by searching “tilt”

This is one of the fun additions built in by Google engineers. Try it out yourself (search without quotes).

Tip 15: Play Atari Breakout by searching it on Google Images

The legendary brick breaker game is available for easy access on Google. Just search “Atari Breakout” (without quotes) on Google Images and enjoy.

Tip 16: Search images using images

Ever come across a photo that looks strangely familiar? Or if you want to know where it came from? If you save the image, and then search it on Google Images (with the camera button), you’ll be able to see similar images on the web.

Tip 17 Press the mic icon on Google’s search bar, and say “flip a coin” or “heads or tails”




Azeem Ahmed Mughal, Systems Administrator, Abu Dhabi. Azeem is tech savvy and started learning computer at the age of 10 but he never thought that his curiosity & passion will turn into his profession. He has always enjoyed the mystifying challenges, in the Black Text VGA screen era of Games, OS CLIs or Hardware & Network Trouble shootings skills since the times of GWBASIC, Dangerous Dave and DOS 5.0.

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