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Friday 21 February 2014

7 Quick Tips to Search Google like a Pro

I use Google many times a day. Chances are you still use Google in its simplest form, unless you are a tech geek. If how you use Google now is limited to just a few words and changing your form of query to find what you are looking for, then I am here to tell you that there is a better way and the best part is, it isn't hard to learn.

On the other hand if you already know how to use Google to its best, I suggest you bookmark this article! Then you will have the tips on hand when you need them, or desperate to find something.

The following tips are based on my own experience and also what I have sourced from the Internet. It isn't comprehensive, but it will greatly improve your search ability.

7 Quick Google Search Tips

1. Stock (Ticker Symbol)

Enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term, and Google will give you the current financials and a quick thumbnail chart for the stock.

Example: qqq

2. Calculator

Need a quick calculation, but don't have a handy dandy calculator in hand, or just lazy to launch the calculator app, just type your expression into Google and Walah~ you have it solved!

Example: 1253 / 5.243

3. Word Definitions

Need a quick whip up on a word definition just use the simple command phrase "define".

Example: define:plethora

4. Specific Document Types

If you are looking for a file of a specific file type you can use the modifier "filetype:".

Example: "SMS Marketing" filetype:PDF

5. This OR That

When you conduct a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for more than one terms to match than you use the OR modifier. *the OR has to be capitalized.

Example: SMS Marketing OR Advertising

6. Similar Words and Synonyms

So you want o include a word in your search, but also want to include results that contain similar search words. Add the tilde "~" in front of the word.

Example: "SMS Marketing" ~professional

7. Site-Specific Search

What if you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase.

Example: "SMS Gateway Provider" site:www.everworks.com


I hope this list of Google search tips proves to be useful for your future searches. Just hit Ctrl + D (Windows) or Command + D (Mac) and this page will be saved to your bookmarks. If there are more please feel free to share them in the comments below!

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