Google Search’s learning curve is an odd one. You use it every day, but still all you know is how to search. Here’s an overview of some of the most useful Google search tricks:.
1. Phrase Search: (Be it any string)
Well know 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.
2. Use an */!/? within quotes to specify unknown or variable words
Remember that Google treats the these as a single or multiple word wildcard.
Searching a phrase in quotes with an asterisk replacing a word will search all variations of that phrase.
instruct* finds instruct, instructs, instructor, etc
comput! finds compute, computes, computer, computation, etc
wom?n finds woman or women
3. 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)
4. Search websites for keywords. This one is mostly used in Sales Battle cards / Killer cards.
Think of the “site:” function as a Google search that searches only a particular website.
E.g Find Glassdoor Reviews by Keyword or Topic, Enter the company name in below string.
site:www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Employee-Review-<ABC COMPANY NAME> product issues
5. 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.
6. Compare anything using “vs”
Can’t decide between a Samsung note or Iphone 6s? Type in “Samsung Note vs. Iphone 6s,” for example, and you’ll receive side-by-side comparisons of the Phone facts.
8. Use “DEFINE:” to learn the meaning of words
Streamline the dictionary process by using, for example, “DEFINE: mortgage.” For words that appear in the dictionary.
Game Tricks (Something really interesting)
9. 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).
10. 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.
11. Search images using images
Ever come across a photo that looks strangely familiar? upload and search it on google.
12. Press the mic icon on Google’s search bar, and say “flip a coin” or “heads or tails”
The feature released last month lets Google flip a coin for you when you don’t have one on hand.
13. Press the mic icon on Google’s search bar, and say “give me a love quote”or “I love you”.