Google Search is a rich and powerful tool that gives you access to the global Web library of knowledge. Using it more skilfully can help you get the best results. However, most users are not getting the results they want.
This article is a compilation of quick and easy tips you can use on a daily basis to improve your use of the Google search engine. Be sure to practice the below tips as you read them, so you stand a batter chance of remembering them when you need them later.
You can use Google Search on your smartphone by tapping on the Google app icon, using the search bar on your phone’s home screen, or open the Web browser and typing google.com in the address bar. Of course, you can also use it on your laptop or desktop computer. Let’s go.
How to find an exact phrase
To find an exact phrase only, put the phrase in quotation marks.
Example: “Motorola Moto E16”.
The above example will produce only results that have the complete phrase, Motorola Moto E16 (in that exact order), in them, and exclude results that mention only “Motorola Moto”, “Motorola E16”, “Moto E16”, etc.
How to exclude a word in Google Search results
If you want to exclude a word from your results, include a dash or hyphen before that word.
The above example looks for the word, apple, but excludes all mentions of apple as a fruit. This is good for when you want to find out about Apple, the brand or company, or their products.
How to include synonyms of a word in your results
To include synonyms of a word in your search results, use a tilde.
Example: BlackBerry ~phones
The above example will give you results that feature not just BlackBerry phones, but all mentions of Blackberry smartphones, gadgets, etc.
How to limit your search results to a specific website
To use Google to search a site – just one website, here is how to go about it. Type your search phrase, leave a space, and then add site:domain-name right after it.
Example: Samsung Galaxy A12 site:mobilityarena.com
This will look for Samsung Galaxy A12 on the website, mobilityarena.com.
To find an exact image size
Type your search phrase, then add the text imagesize:widthxheight after it, specifying the exact dimensions you want, as in the example below:
Example: OPPO Reno6 imagesize:600×350
The above example will give you images of OPPO Reno6 that have a width of 600 pixels and a height of 350 pixels.
To search within a date or range
If you need to find information within a date range (years) or any other number range, use two periods.
Example: best smartphones 2015..2020.
The above example will look for mentions of the best smartphones from 2015 to 2020.
For information within a specific location
To find news or information related to a particular location, use the colon as illustrated below.
Example: Samsung phones location:germany.
The above example will look for mentions of Samsung phones in Germany.
Google Search is really quite versatile, and using the above tips will help you use it more effectively and get better results. Don’t forget to follow us on social media and share this article with your connections.
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