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20 Practical Google Search Tips for Everyday Use

The Google search engine is pretty ubiquitous these days. By far the most commonly used and positively trusted search engine available, Google is an amazing
powerful tool that most of us are only beginning to understand. We would like to offer some handy tips to Google users to make for more efficient searching
and more productive usage of this fundamental tool.


  1. Use the tabs (i.e. Images, Maps, News, etc.) at the top of your Google search to further define your search. 
  2. Use quotation marks to define entire phrases that you are searching for, allowing Google to process your search more quickly and get you more accurate results. 
  3. Use a hyphen to tell Google that you do not want to include results within a specific category (for example, search: Rams –animal…this will get you more information about your favorite team). 
  4. Use a colon to have Google search for your inquiry within a specific site. This saves you time when looking for information on a single site. 
  5. Use link: to find specific websites that are already linked to a verified site. This could help you ensure that the information you get is cited and verified by other sources. 
  6. Use an asterisk to mark words or part of a phrase that you don’t know and Google will help fill it in for you. 
  7. Use related: to find sites that are similar to a site you already know. This is a great way to find new resources that might be more helpful than the ones you already use. 
  8. Use math equations to find math answers. Google will do the math for you and provide you with a calculator. 
  9. Use OR to search for multiple words or phrases at once. This will simplify a number of searches you would otherwise have to do in a series.  
  10. Use .. in order to search for a range of numbers. You can use this trick to search for statistics or years or more.
  11. Use simplicity in your searches. While Google can calculate complex searches, it will be more efficient and direct when working with simple ones. 
  12. Use additional terms gradually, only adding more specific details a little at a time and thus avoid missing the answer you are looking for with a search more complicated than is necessary. 
  13. Use words that might be on a website, rather than the first person perspective, helping Google more accurately match your search before having to interpret what you are looking for. 
  14. Use only important words when searching. This relates to the simplicity tip. Keeping only the key words that you are interested in in your search allows Google to really focus its supplied results. 
  15. Use Google shortcuts – Define *word*; Weather *zip code*; Time *place* all give you precise answers. 
  16. Use misspelled words if you have to, and Google can usually figure out what you mean. 
  17. Use descriptive words and try to think of other ways in which another person might search for what you are searching for.  
  18. Use *Search term here* filetype:pdf in order to find a specific file that you are looking for. 
  19. Use the conversion tool to change the unit of money or measurements. 
  20. Use the package tracker by entering any UPS, USPS, or Fedex tracking number into the search bar and get up-to-date results concerning the whereabouts of your package.

While some of these are more useful than others, we bet that your Google searched habits can be improved by using one or two of these tips on a day-to-day

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