7 Google Search Techniques You Don’t Know Exist
Google search is a powerful tool...sometimes more powerful than you realize! Are you taking advantage of some of the lesser-known Google search techniques? Here are a few of my favorites...
It's surprising how many people don't know about Google SafeSearch! SafeSearch filters allow you to modify your browser settings so that inappropriate content does not display in search results. More on SafeSearch here.
To quickly pull up the definition of a word, use "define:" followed by the word.
Useful if you're looking for information that relates to a range of numbers (such as a price range or years).
Example: television 1950...1960
Curious who keeps calling your cellphone and not leaving a message? If their number is listed, you can find it via Google by using "phonebook:" followed by the number.
Excluding words or phrases
If you're looking for something a little more obscure, narrow down your search results by asking Google to omit certain results by using the "-" symbol.
Example: Florida vacation -Disney
Specify results by document type
Looking for a PDF? Word doc? Powerpoint? Many people don't realize that you can filter results by document type in the search bar. Just use "filetype:" followed by the file extension after your keywords.
Example: "World War I" filetype:ppt
Have you noticed the recipe view in Google Search? Type in a recipe title, and on the left-hand side, you'll see various options that allow you to specify whether or not certain ingredients are included, the amount of cook time resource, and calorie count. This tip is my personal favorite, so make sure to check it out!
Example: Pumpkin Bread
How many of these tips were new to you? Let me know in the comments area of this post!