It has been very rightly said that ” A book is a man’s best friend” !
But the times have changed, apart from books the closest friend we all certainly have is Google!!
Google has the answers to all our worries and doubts. Whether it is your favorite apple pie recipe or Newton’s laws of motion, google knows it all. With the grace of our very own google, everything and anything is just a few clicks away. However there comes times when we just get helpless while looking for the relevant information. This is when the following hacks act as a boon:
1. This “OR” that:
Sometimes we aren’t sure of the correct information we need to search about. We often get confused between similar sounding words. This sort of a problem can be solved using the “or” keyword. Simply put in a few potential variations of what you’re looking for, and separate them by typing the “|“ symbol or the “or” keyword. Then it’s easy enough to choose the result that makes the most sense.
2. Use of Synonyms:
Synonyms can be of great help while looking for information online. Instead of using a specific phrase, add “~” to make a great difference. 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.
3. Searching within Websites:
It happens a lot of times when you want to reread a particular thing from a particular website. 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.
4. The Asterisk:
The common glitch that we human face is the inability to recall a certain word, phrase or number. In such a situation we can make the use of “*” 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.
5. Missing Words:
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 For example, ”I wandered AROUND(4) cloud.”
6. Use of 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:
7. Title or URL Search:
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:”.
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.
9. Find 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.
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: