Efficient Google Search

Google is the undisputed leader of search. Millions of people around the world, including students, businessmen and organizations use Google for research, information and entertainment.

But did you know that you may be using Google wrong? Or at least, not using the vaunted search engine to its full potential. Use these 5 little-known tools to maximize every search you make on Google:

Tabs

After each search entry, you’ll see a number of tabs on top (News, Videos, Images, etc.) briefly view each of them to find what you’re looking for.

Colon

Searching for a particular article within a specific website? You can cut back on steps needed by entering first the site’s URL, followed by the keyword. This will look like “site:www.tapscape.com ‘efficient Google tools'”.

Quotes

Searching for a particular article within a specific website? You can cut back on steps needed by entering first the URL to search a site with Google, followed by the keyword. This will look like “site:www.tapscape.com ‘efficient Google tools'”.

Asterisk

Asterisks in Google’s search engine will be marked as a sort of placeholder that will be filled in later. This comes in especially useful for when you can’t remember the lyrics in full but would like to know the title of the song.

Hyphen

Single word searches may reveal varying results. For example, you’re trying to do a search for Bulls and the results come in with references to the animal, not the NBA team. If you want a pure search result that shows only the Chicago Bulls, you can use hyphen to tell Google to leave out animal results in favor of the one you’re really looking for.

It may take a while to do apply these tools like the back of your hand, but the best thing to do is to use it when the opportunity presents itself. In no time, you’ll be Googling like an expert.


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