Whoever said that looking something up on Google wasn’t enough to get all one needed to know clearly didn’t know about the tricks I’m going to tell you in this article.
To keep their home page simple, perhaps, Google put a lot of their search capabilities under the hood. Turns out, not everybody knows how to access these hidden capabilities on Google. Be it on Android smartphones or through an internet browser, not many know how to use these amazing features. And it’s a shame, since these tricks get you all sorts of information, and effectively halve the time you need to spend looking for something.
Getting straight to the point, here are some great tricks to use with Google Search to get better search results and do more with the search engine.
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Tricks to Search better on Google
Reverse Image Search
Reverse Image Searching is perhaps one of the best Google search tricks the search engine has to offer, and is available on Google Image Search. You can drag and drop an image into Google’s search box and it’ll run an image search trying to look for similar pictures all over the internet. It is great to find the picture’s original source, for example. Other times, it could help to give context to a picture.
The feature is not restricted to downloaded pictures either. You can click one from your camera and run it through the search engine! Imagine how great that could be! Click a photo at a bird sanctuary? Maybe google could help you figure out its name!
Also, the service is available on Android phones too. Either Google “Reverse Image Search” on your Android, or go to this url on your mobile
Directly go to Google.com
A lot of people don’t want to be redirected to the local version of Google. A lot of internet marketers, for example, don’t want to know what’s selling (often in a less volume) in the local online market, and instead want a global picture. Or maybe you’re a news reporter or a blogger who wants to know what the news circuits globally are abuzz about. You need not make do with the local version of google in such a situation.
One way to access Google’s international site is to dial the entire URL www. Google. Com (Without the spacing, of course). You might still be directed to your local version of Google. But there will be an option on the site’s bottom right corner to use Google .com.
The other option is to login to the url google.com/ncr. This should redirect you straight to the international Google page.
Use Voice Commands
People with latest Android smartphones might already know this and might have tried it out. But did you know that Google now takes voice commands as well? The feature has been available for quite a while now. To access Voice control, simple tap the microphone icon in the search bar on Google’s home page.
Some report the option not being available on their local Google webpage. This could be because the prominent native language(s)/diction(s) is not yet supported. You can access the feature nevertheless, using the search engine’s home page.
To get better results of your search queries, sometimes one has to look beyond the keyword one is punching in. To optimise the user’s experience on the website, Google censors results it thinks are age inappropriate, take out results from different languages, or filter them otherwise based on location or other criteria. You can change these by logging into your google account and going to settings. Otherwise too, browsers like Chrome and Android smartphones provide some limited access to search result management.
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For people worried about IP tracking
A lot of people are not comfortable using commonplace search engines like Google or Bing or Yahoo after it was revealed a few years ago that they generate logs and store data about your online activities (although firms maintain it is not used for any untoward purpose other than catering relevant ads). But in any case, if the fact makes you uncomfortable, there are alternatives to Google that get you competent search results.
There’s DuckDuckGo (donttrack.us), Startpage (startpage.com) and Blekko (blekko.com) that you can turn to. There are other search websites as well, I’m sure. Share any more you know with us in the comments.
Get All sorts of Information
Quote what you want
When you’re looking for a very specific term in the search results, which is essential to be found in the results, you can use double quotes with the keyword to stress them to Google search. It makes quick work of most useless results. You might even see search results halve with the application of quotes.
The quote trick is especially helpful if you’re looking for a very specific post on the internet, like if you don’t remember the website it came from, or the exact title.
Quote price range with two periods
I’m pretty much addicted to online shopping. But when it comes to buying something I really need, like a new refrigerator, or a electric kettle, I’m an Rupees. You can modify the limits and the currency as you please, and of course the item to buy itself.
Use Pin Number or Zip Code to search by location
Say you’re trying to look for restaurants nearby. Instead of typing in your address, simply type in the Zip Code or Pin Code, whichever postal address identifier is in vogue where you live.
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Logic Operators to make sense of your search results
If you’ve studied higher mathematics, you know how OR, AND and other similar operators function. Google recognises them too, and allows you to sort through your search results using them. For example, if you type in “Fever OR Red Rash”, Google will look for results that talk about Fever or Red Rash. Using “Fever AND Red Rash” will get you results with both Fever and Red Rash. This is a pretty helpful Google search trick if you employ it at the right time.
Other operators you can use are “-” or the subtract operator, which you can use to remove a keyword from the results (like “Buy used car -Volkswagen” will get you used cars that are not from Volkswagen brand). There’s also Asterisk (“*”) that you can use to denote you don’t know some words in between two terms in the page you’re looking for (like “Catherine * Cambridge” will get you search results for Catherine, Dutchess of Cambridge).
Get your Everyday Problems solved without the internet
Ask Date and Time
Want to tally your watch with the rest of the world? Just ask Google! Type in “time <city>” and you should get the precise time at the location. You may also use pin codes. Clocks in Android do this by default, and you can tap your clock to get times and dates at various locations on the earth.
Definitions, Etymology, Synonyms and Anagrams
You probably know this one. Type in “Define <keyword>” into Google, and you will receive a comprehensive definition of the word, along with where it comes from (etymology) and some synonyms as well. On the other hand, you can use the trigger word “Anagram” to find out if a certain word can be rearranged into a new word. This is useful when you want to remember it for later. This is among the most well known google tricks.
Simply type in a calculation into the search bar, and Google will give you the answer. This trick also works with Google Chrome’s empty new tab. Use the URL box instead.
Find weather info
Weather is easy to google too. And you needn’t use the service to look for a weather station or website. Type in “Weather in <location>”, and you’ll know how sunny it is there, along with the temperature, humidity and other current climatic parameters.
Plan a movie
Need to go out but have no idea if a good movie is running in the local theater? Don’t worry! Google has you covered here as well! Type in “movies <location>” and you’ll know what shows are running in your city. You can use your Zip/Pin code as well.
Get Sports news
Have a sports event going on but can’t watch it live? Well, if you’re curious about the score, just google it. The search engine comes in handy when you’re trying to sound smart over a dinner conversation with a sports fanatic. Pull scores out from any time in history, and stump them!
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A lot of people follow stock markets, whether to trade or to track the growth of the firm. Thanks to google, there is no more need to look up obscure material, or consult a whole bunch of websites for the complete picture. Just Google the company’s stocks and you can find a summary of the stock’s performance, with detail available according to your need using simple tabs.
Direction and Navigation
Confused about how to reach your destination? Lost in a new city? Just Google for your destination or the nearest landmark. Google can pick your location from your device (only if you allow it to) and calculate easy routes for you to try out. With a single button press, you can get live instructions to reaching your destination as well, which is amazing for using in cars (use a handset holder and drive safely).
Track flights and packages
Can’t wait to find when your package will arrive? Don’t! Simply type in the order details into google and it’ll fetch you information about where your courier package is. You can also track flights using Google. Simply punch in the flight details and you’ll know where the plane is, and when it is expected to land.
Google Solves your problems online
Your IP can be useful for a lot of stuff, right from chatting with people to accessing different content from across the world. Want to know what your IP address currently is? Just ask Google!
Who acted in The Sound of Music? Google knows. Along with who acted in which movie, Google is also equipped to tell you about the directors, songwriters and other people involved in the business, along with the ratings the movie has on various sites of repute, and links to their websites as well.
Tourist Destinations 101
What should you see when you’ve landed in a new city? What points of historical relevance, cultural importance or gastronomic pleasure are must-visits? The search engine can help you choose a few items for your itenerary. Want to know how to get there? Tap them and you can get directions to them, and also find helpful reviews of the place.
What else has Emma Watson acted or performed in, besides Harry Potter? If you want to know, you need only ask Google. The website gets you information about any artist you want to look up. Their film/music/art careers, people who might be associated with them (“People also search for…”) and a whole lot of other information, arranged to facilitate easy access to commonly sought information is presented to you on your screen.
Plan your diet
It’s honestly hard to keep a track of your macros and micros, the calories and the water you’ve ingested each day. We know it’s not your fault. Most people don’t instinctively know how many calories a banana has. But Google does! Tell the search engine what you ate and it’ll fetch you the nutritional information of an average serving of the food. It’s a boon for fitness freaks, people trying to lose weight as well as people looking to bulk up.
Translating stuff is now only a matter of copy pasting. Google’s translation service is available right on the home page, in the menu on the top right. What’s more, it detects language on its own, offers multiple words as alternatives to the word it offers in the translation and even pronounces it for you. That’s not all either. With VR, the Google Translate app for smartphones can capture text in multiple languages and translate it in real time!
Whether you’re offline or online, Google has quite a lot of services for you to use. The search engine is really all you need to use, and your life becomes easier and more fulfilling in so many ways. So which Google tips and tricks are you going to try out first?