15 March

10 tips to search in Google effectively

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search in Google effectively

There is nothing more unproductive and frustrating than being looking for information on Internet without finding exactly what you are looking for. One of the best managers I have had the opportunity to meet once told me that searching Internet it is like being thirsty and want to drink from the hose of a firefighter. I will always remember that simile. Well, here I present the 10 most useful tricks to search in Google effectively and quickly. Probably you already know many of them, but others may help you refine your skills.

 

1. Forcing results contain certain terms.

Include quotation marks around search terms:

e.g.: "term1" "term2"

2. Removing some term unwanted from the results:

Add "-" symbol before the term unwanted

e.g.: term1 term2 -term3

3. Searching the content within a particular file type:

Putting the expression "filetype:*" before the target terms to be searched. Being * the file extension in which you want to find the information.

e.g.: filetype:ppt term1

4. Forcing the search result from an specific web site.

Putting the expression “site:url” before the terms to be searched. Where the url must be replace by the url from the target website:

e.g.: site: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/ term1

5. Excluding results from a particular Website.

Putting the expression "-site:url" before the terms to be searched. Where the url must be replace by the url from the target website::

e.g.: - site: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/ term1

6. If you do not remember a word from a phrase to be searched.

Including in the place of the word the symbol "*":

e.g.: Lorem ipsum *

7. Search on a certain location of a specific Website.

Putting the following expressions before the terms to search:

e.g.: “inurl”, to search within the url of the Website.

e.g.: “intitle”, to search within the title of the Website.

e.g.: “inachor”, to search within the hiperlinks included in the website.

e.g.: “intext”, within the content included in the body of the Website.

8. Search using images:

more than ever, "a picture is worth a thousand words". Google introduced the search method based on images named "goggles" that basically works on your browser in the main menu if you clic on the images option in the menu bar. If you view at the main search box, a camera icon appears. You can drag and drop an image from your hard disk and Google will return to you all search results associated with your target image.

Búsqueda mediante imagen

e.g.: if you drag a photo of the Eiffel tower, Google will return all entries that have relation to the Eiffel tower.

9. Finding information we have certainty it has existed in a website but is no longer available.

by the following expression:

e.g.: cache:site term1.

10. Searching for useful frequent currency conversion units:

e.g.: 1 euro to dollar

By combining the methods mentioned and refine the results with the search tools Google provides, you will get what you are searching for with few clics.

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