10 top Google search tips
Google is the world’s most popular search engine with good reason, it’s much better at providing accurate results than Microsoft’s Bing and Yahoo! Search. Despite offering roughly the right answer to your query on most occasions, there are several ways to get a spot on response every time you search.
From finding a word’s dictionary definition to checking this weekend’s weather, our top 10 Google search tips are here to help.
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1. Search for the exact word or phrase
Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase. For example, if you were to search “Michael John Douglas” using quotation marks, this would give you results for Michael Keaton instead of the Wall Street star.
2. Use the ‘OR’ command
The ‘OR’ operator lets you to search for one word or another. For example, using the search above will give results that contain either “Wayne Rooney” or “Manchester United”. This allows you to achieve more specific results and when searching around a topic.
3. Search with a picture
Want to find more information about a picture? Go to Google Images and click on the camera icon in the search bar. This will prompt you to post in a photo’s URL or upload it yourself to Google. Once this is done, you’ll get a relevant set of results.
4. Site search
Using the site: operator allows you to search for a specific website. For example, if you were looking for our past Computing Helpdesk posts, you could do the above.
5. Search by file type
filetype: allows you to search for files of a specific file type like pdfs and word documents.
6. Define words
define: allows you to search for a definition of a word, even really long ones.
Get an interactive seven-day weather forecast by searching for location weather.
8. Transatlantic time
You can view the current time in any city around the world using time name of city.
9. Currency conversion
For a quick and easy currency conversion, search monetary amount in currency as per the above example.
10. Sports scores
Find out what’s happening with your favourite sports team’s latest news, scores and fixtures with one search.
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