How to Google Search Like a Pro: Follow These Tips

How many times have you searched for something on Google, only to find yourself sifting through dozens of results to locate exactly what you were looking for? Google Search can be a very powerful tool and in this guide we’ll go over some useful tips and best practices for using it to its full potential and making finding information more accurate and efficient.

Let’s cut to the chase with search operators. Also called advanced operators, these are basically symbols and command words that you can use to filter the results in a certain way…

Find the meaning of a word

Google search has a built-in dictionary where you can look up words using the to define: operator followed by the term you want to search for. This also presents you with the synonyms and opposites of the said word along with a simple phrase to better understand its usage.

Search within a specific website

the to place: comes in handy when you only need results from a certain website domain. Two good examples, looking for reviews on TechSpot or looking for community recommendations on Reddit:

Exclude results

Use a minus sign (-) to exclude a term from your search results. You can also exclude many words in a single query, for example: pasta recipes – tomato – egg

do math

You can use Google as a calculator, from basic arithmetic to more advanced uses: functions like sin, log, square root, etc By using the “graph for” operator you can also plot detailed graphs for everything.

Search for specific file types

Google search has utility File type: operator that returns results based on any file type (pdf, xls, docx, etc.). An example would be Tesla Model 3 file type: pdf

Convert units

Converting units of measure, currency or temperature is very useful in everyday life and can be done with the “in” operator, for example 20 Celsius in Fahrenheit.

The “in” operator can also be used to translate words. Simply type the word you want followed by “in” and then the language you want to translate into. Also note that if you enter “convert units” in the search box, an easy-to-use user interface appears that allows you to perform any type of conversion. You can click the arrows to change the units and the formula for each conversion is also available to you.

Find the exact phrase

When you need results containing two or more words together, enter your search query in double quotes, for example “RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU Review.”

Use of an asterisk

Reverse Image Search Google Images

has a cool feature that lets you upload an image or provide an image URL and search for it. You can find similar images, or the same in higher resolution. You can also get more information about the photo or check the integrity of a random image you find online. Go to Google Imageswebsite , click on the small camera icon on the right and upload the image in question. If you find yourself doing this repeatedly, check out this Chrome browser extension

to run Google image search from the browser’s context menu.

Get results for one thing or another or both The OR operator can be used if you want results related to one thing or another. For example, best android OR iphone games

(the pipe symbol “|” also works). Results associated with two or more keywords simultaneously can be obtained by using “AND”. However, note that Google search uses AND by default, so it only makes sense to specify AND when using it with other operators.

Search operators are only part of the story. There are other tools and best practices that can help make your research more productive. A good method is to phrase your search query as it comes to mind rather than trying to find the perfect keywords. For example, you can ask questions because it is very likely that other people on the web have asked the same thing you are looking for.

Gather Parentheses are useful when you want to combine multiple keywords and operators together, thus creating more complex queries, for example

Geographical research When the card: operator

is used, the results are only required to include websites that show maps of the location you are looking for, which may be useful for research purposes. Along the same lines, you can use the location: operator and specify a particular location you want the results to be. Speaking of locations, you can plan trips using the “to” operator

for all possible means of transport.

Set time constraints in your results

When you’re looking for news, let alone breaking news, chances are you’re interested in what’s happening in a specific time frame. Google can help you narrow down the results over time. After entering the search query, click on Tools, then select the period of your choice.

Find out the time in a different time zone More often than not, when you need to know the time in another country, you end up clumsily adding or subtracting from your local time when you can just type “time” and add any city or country

and Google will give you the answer. For example:

Somewhat related to this, you can also find relative times/dates using natural language, like this:

Start a timerYou can create a 5 minute timer by searching for “timer” or if you want something more specific type “timer for 15 minutes

“, for example. Clicking on the counter lets you set a new one and there’s also a stopwatch option on the right.

Spell a large number Spelling large numbers can sometimes be tricky, but Google has your back. Type any number followed by “=english” and Google will spell it for you. Can you try to

spell “102 437 446 057”?

Check flight status Finding your flight number

Advanced search With Advanced search

you can form queries using the operators we talked about before, but without having to explicitly type them with the keywords because the engine provides a convenient layout with text forms that do all the work for you.

You can also find Advanced Search by going to the bottom right of, click Settings and then Advanced Search.

Find similar sites If you like the content of a website, chances are you want to discover more and you can do that using Related: for example

Voice search Voice search is also implemented in Google search and is not limited to mobile devices (click the icon microphone icon

on the right side) as a more convenient way to submit search queries.

Obviously, you can do a lot more than just type random keywords into the search box, and take advantage of every little trick that Google has implemented in its search engine. And if you feel confident enough, you can always click on the “I’m lucky” button to go directly to the first result of your search query. Image credit: Silver iPad

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Brandon D. James