Fun with Google Tricks
Google Inc. is a company founded September 4, 1998 in Google garage in Silicon Valley, California, by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google search engine. Google’s search engine and algorithm has revolutionized the way we do our searching on the internet. It is has put a world of information at our fingertips, henceforth today becoming the most effective and useful search engine that exists. Google just seems to be a company you want to believe in and trust.
When you read their philosophy you can not help but become attracted to their ideas and culture. Many people’s mouth water as they watch videos, movies and documentaries on the internet showing the perfect working conditions at Google’s offices. Even though Google has expanded over the years, buying start ups, investing in new technologies , developing new ideas and applications. They still remain the best at being a good, solid and fast search engine.
Little does the average person know, you can make Google even better with a few fun tricks. There is more than meets the eye when working with Google. Learning a few new tricks will let you do more powerful searches.
The first thing you must not forget is; Google is not case sensitive. You can search “dog” “DOG” or “Dog” and get the same results.
1- Search operators
Google provides a way to narrow your search results by adding numbers or symbols to your search. The complete list can be found here. I have listed some of the most useful ones in this article.
The most popular search operator is the quotation marks; i.e., “xltrax radio “ opening and closing your search words. If you do not use quotations marks, Google will only find your search words either separately OR together.
The dash “-” symbol is used when you want Google to exclude words from your search phrase. This is especially useful for words with multiple meanings or if you just want to exclude some results For i.e., hot -radio stations
You can use site: to search within a specific domain or website. This is handy when you may looking for content you had seen before within a particular website. dibblebee site:xltrax.com
Have you ever wondered if there were more websites that were similar to your favorite site. Google has a great search operator for this. It is called related: For ie., related:tsn.com
If you want to search for pages that may have just one of several words, include OR (capitalized) between the words. Without the OR, your results would typically show only pages that match both terms. For ie., Asus OR Lenovo OR Samsung
Search for pages that link to a specific URL using link: For ie., link:xltrax.com
You add two numbers, separated by two periods .., with no spaces, into the search box along with your search terms. You can use this number range search to set ranges for everything from dates Mario Lemieux 1990..2001 to prices motherboard $50..$100
Maybe you’re not looking for a web page at all, but instead a specific kind of file. You can easily restrict your search to a file type by typing filetype: in front of your search terms. For example, if you were searching for a Pdf file you’d use filetype:pdf
Paperback bulky dictionaries may the thing of the past. If you need the definition of any word, Google can help out. You only need to use define: For ie., define:motherboard
Google can be used as a calculator to solve math problems or as converter of measurements. Here are some examples of what you can try;
12 inches to feet
5 +5 *8
Did you know Google has a spell checker integrated in to the search engine. Here’s how it works: you just type in the word you are having problems with into Google’s search box, and Google will very politely come back with this phrase: “Did you mean…(correct spelling)?”
Do you want to see what is playing at the movies in your local area? Then use movie: followed by the city. To get the showtimes just type something like this; movie:sherbrooke
Hopefully thanks to this article your Google searches will be even more effective. Happy googling!