10 Ways to Search Google for Information That 96% of People Don’t Know About

by Shaun Whynacht  - November 4, 2016

The reality is that Google is the centre of the universe.  Most people can’t function online without relying on google to tell them where to find things.  When I saw this content come across my desk from brightside.me, I knew I had to share it with you on the blog.  I take no credit for this great content, however it is pretty awesome.

1‭. ‬Either this or that

Sometimes we’re not sure that we’ve correctly remembered the information or the name we need to start our search‭. ‬But this doesn’t have to be a problem‭! ‬Simply put in a few potential variations of what you’re looking for‭, ‬and separate them by typing the‭ ‬“‭|‬“‭ ‬symbol‭. ‬Instead of this symbol you can also use‭ ‬”or‭.‬”‭ ‬Then it’s easy enough to choose the result that makes the most sense‭.‬

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2‭. ‬Searching using synonyms

Our language is rich in synonyms‭. ‬Sometimes this can be very convenient when doing research online‭. ‬If you need to find websites‭ ‬on a given subject rather than those that include a specific phrase‭, ‬add the‭ ‬“~”‭ ‬symbol to your search‭.‬

For example‭, ‬if you search for the term‭ ‬“healthy‭ ‬~food”‭ ‬you’ll get results about the principles of healthy eating‭, ‬cooking recipes‭, ‬as well as healthy dining options‭.‬

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3‭. ‬Searching within websites

Sometimes you read an interesting article on a website and find yourself subsequently wanting to share it with your friends or simply reread it‭. ‬The easiest way to find the desired piece of information again is to search within the website‭. ‬To do this‭, ‬type the address of the site‭, ‬then a key word or entire phrase from the article‭, ‬and it should come up immediately‭.‬

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4‭. ‬The power of the asterisk

When our cunning memory decides to prevent us from recalling that one key word‭, ‬phrase‭, ‬or number we need in order to find what‭ ‬we’re looking for‭, ‬you can turn to the powerful‭ ‬“‭*‬”‭ ‬symbol‭. ‬Just use this in the place of the word/phrase you can’t remember‭, ‬and you should be able to find the results you’re looking for‭.‬

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5‭. ‬When lots of words are missing

If it’s the lengthier half of the phrase you can’t remember rather than a single key word‭, ‬try writing out the first and last words and putting‭ ‬“AROUND‭ + (‬the approximate number of missing words‭)‬“‭ ‬between them‭. ‬For example‭, ‬”I wandered AROUND(4‭) ‬cloud‭.‬”

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6‭. ‬Using a time frame

Sometimes we urgently need to acquaint ourselves with events that occurred during a certain period of time‭. ‬To do so‭, ‬you can add a time frame to your search query with the help of three dots between the dates‭. ‬For example‭, ‬if we want to find out about scientific discoveries during the 20th century‭, ‬we can write‭: ‬“scientific descoveries 1900‭…‬2000

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7‭. ‬Searching for a title or URL

To help find the key words and name of an article‭, ‬type‭ ‬“intitle‭:‬“‭ ‬before the search term‭, ‬without any spaces between them‭. ‬In order to find the words from a URL‭, ‬use‭ ‬”inurl‭:‬”‭.‬

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8‭. ‬Finding similar websites

If you’ve found something you really like online and want to find similar websites‭, ‬type in‭ ‬“related‭:‬”‭ ‬and then the address of the site‭, ‬again without a space between them‭.‬

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9‭. ‬Whole phrases

Framing the search term within quotation marks is the simplest and most effective way to find something specific and in the exact order you typed it in‭.‬

For example‭, ‬if you type in the words I’m picking up good vibrations without quotation marks‭, ‬the search engine will show the results where these words appear in any order on a website‭, ‬as opposed to the specific order in which you typed them‭.‬

If‭, ‬on the other hand‭, ‬you type‭ ‬“I’m picking up good vibrations”‭ ‬within quotation marks‭, ‬you’ll get only those results where these words appear only in the order you typed them in‭. ‬This is a great way to find the lyrics to a song when you only know one line from it‭.‬

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10‭. ‬Unimportant search words

To remove unimportant search words from your query‭, ‬simply write a minus symbol before each one‭. ‬For example‭, ‬if you want to find a site about interesting books‭, ‬but you aren’t looking to buy them‭, ‬you can write the following‭: ‬“interesting book‭ -‬buy”

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