10 Simple Google Tips You Need To Know About
Millions upon millions of us use Google each and every day. You’ve no doubt loaded it up thousands of times and searched for thousands of things. But how much do we really know about it?
Google is used by anyone and everyone, from students doing research for a school project, to entrepreneurs looking to find out how to grow their business online. Google can these days also be used to store and share our files and folders, listen to music and watch videos. But, again, how much do we really know about it?
Google is such a powerful tool, and there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. If you’re looking to get the absolute most out of it, here are 10 simple Google tips you need to know about.
Make Use Of The Tabs
Did you know that at the top of each of your searches are a number of tabs? These tabs include Image, Web, News, Videos, Shopping and More. Under More are included Maps, Books, Flights and Apps.
These tabs will help to narrow down your search to something much more specific. For example, if you want to find a news article, you can just click the News tab. If you want to find a photo, just click the Image tab. And so on.
If you don’t already use the tabs, now is a time to make a start.
Download Offline Maps
The last thing you want when travelling is to get lost somewhere remote without Google Maps to bail you out. But sometimes we stray a little bit too far from civilisation and lose our signal – and Google Maps. Oh no!
But actually, you can now download an offline map before you head out on your adventure. All you need to do is launch Settings before tapping Offline. Then tap the Plus button and find the location you’re going to be visiting.
Why use quotes wen searching Google for something? Because quotes will reduce the amount of guesswork that Google has to do. Especially if you’re searching for something super specific, using quotes is a good idea.
When you use quotes, you’re telling Google that you want to locate the whole phrase. For example, if you type in men’s black leather jacket, Google will search for content that contains those words, no matter what order they are in. But if you wrap them around quotes, Google will specifically search for that exact phrase. This might help you to find content that is otherwise hidden among the other results.
Use Hyphen’s To Exclude Words
Occasionally, you will search Google for a word that has somewhat of an ambitious definition. A good example is Focus. When you Google Focus, you might return results that relate to both concentration and the Ford Focus car. To eliminate one of these potential results, use a hyphen to tell Google that you want to ignore such results.
For example, if you don’t want to bring up results including Ford Focus, you would type in Focus – Ford.
This tells Google to remove any results that contain the word “Ford.”
How To Send Directions To Your Phone
There’s a good chance you already use Google Maps both on your smartphone and on your desktop. If you do, there is no reason to start over again when you make the transition from mobile to PC – or vice versa.
All you need to do is use the Send To Your Phone tool, which you will find in a venue’s card. Under the list of available devices, you should be able to find your phone or tablet.
Find Pages That Link To Other Pages
This one is a bit more, shall we say, obscure. What you’re doing here is, instead of finding a specific pay, you’re tracking down a page that links to another page.
Look at it like this: If you’re trying to find who cited a LA Times article on their site, you can employ this trick to find all the sites which link to it.
You could type your search thus: link:latimes.com
This search returns the pages that link the LA Times with the official website.
Search For A Synonym
Occasionally, it’s going to be a good idea to search for a term that is a bit less specific. If you’re a little unsure of which term can be used, you can instead employ a synonym search.
For example, typing in sports ~college which bring up results for sports from universities as well as colleges.
Employ The Asterisk Wildcard
This Google tip is easily one of our most useful ones. When you employ an asterisk in a Google search, it essentially leaves a placeholder which the search engine will fill automatically later. This helps you to find song lyrics when you don’t know all the words – something which happens a lot!
For example, you might type the following into Google: “Hello *you’re *looking *for”
This looks like nonsense, or at least the world’s worst song lyrics. But Google is smart, and will track down that phrase while replacing the missing words.
As a uni student, I can tell you right now that I use this particular tip very often. And it’s true, Google actually actually do mathematics for you!
It’s a complicated one to describe, not least because you can use it in a variety of ways. You can ask easy questions, or you can ask more complex ones. It won’t be able to solve all math problems, but there are a lot it can solve. Below is an example of what you might type into Google:
8 * 5 + 5
Searching for this will return the answer 45, and it will also provide you with a calculator for further questions. It’s great for you if you need to do some sums quickly!
Search Between Two Values
For a smarter way of answering questions, you can search for something that has a qualifier between a pair of ranges.
For example, if you want to find out who were the American President’s between 1930 and 1960, a search containing American President 1930 .. 1960 will bring up the desired results.
What are your favorite Google tips?