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
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
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
To look for news items emerging from a particular location, use the
location:operator, then add the city name.
You can simply type an equation and get the result instantly.
Searching within a specific website
You can search within or for a particular URL by including the operator
site:enter-page-here.com before or after your keywords.
Searching for exact phrases
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
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
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.
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Finding the exact sunrise and sunset times in any location.
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.