11 Google Search Hacks That Will Increase Your Productivity

Google Search provides many different options for customized search using Boolean operators and wildcards.

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Google Web Search is a web search engine owned by Google Inc. It is the most-used search engine on the internet, handling more than 3 billion searches each day. Its success as is largely due to an algorithm written by founders; Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1997, called “PageRank” that works by counting the number and quality of links to a page to determine a rough estimate of how important the website is.

Google Search provides many different options for customized search using Boolean operators and wildcards. The main purpose of Google search is to scout for text in publicly accessible documents offered by web servers and provides several features beyond searching for websites. These include synonyms, time zones, movie showtimes, earthquake data, sports scores to name a few.

There are special features for data on numbers and dates. Specific forms like prices, temperatures, currencies,  unit conversions, calculations, patents, area codes and language translation also exist.

 

Without a quick and handy manual for Google searches, it’s easy  to passively accept the sometimes disappointing search results that are returned for terms without any of the  search tricks applied.

To help you enjoy your Google search the following tips and tricks are essential for narrowing down searches and displaying desired results.

Talking to your phone to search, instead of typing.

In  2011 to help people like myself who know a word’s pronunciation but not its spelling. it’s been of great help.This feature is pre-installed on Samsung Android phones  or can be downloaded from the Playstore. Open the app, say “Ok Google” audibly and it searches the words you spoke.

Excluding words you do not need from the search

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If your search terms contain a keyword with several meanings, you can exclude one of the meanings by adding a hyphen (-) before the word you want to exclude.

Searching for keywords only in the body of a page 

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This feature allows you to search for keywords only in the body of a page; ignoring the tittle, URL and all the links. To do this, use the allintext: operator before the search terms.

Finding news from a specific location

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To look for news items emerging from a particular location, use the location:operator, then add the city name.

Performing calculations 

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You can simply type  an equation and get the result instantly.

Searching within a specific website

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You can search within or for a particular URL  by including the operatorsite:enter-page-here.com before or after your keywords.

Searching for exact phrases

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If you’re looking for an exact phrase, use quotation marks around the keywords to view results containing that exact phrase.

Searching for multiple phrases

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You can enter more than one query into Google at a time to view pages with one of the specified keywords. Just use a capitalized “OR” to separate the terms.

Searching by file type

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If you’re looking for a specific file on the Web, you can use the filetype: operator to specify the particular document type you’re searching for. Google will restrict results to pages containing those document types.

Need a countdown timer?

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Finding the exact sunrise and sunset times in any location.

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By using these hacks you can improve you increase productivity and searching Google becomes more efficient.  Locating the information you’re looking for faster without having to click through multiple pages.