Tip #4: Google search is case-insensitive.
Yep, that’s right. Google search doesn’t care whether you capitalize proper nouns like countries, names or holidays.
What’s this mean for you?
Save time and don’t bother capitalizing your search terms! It may not amount to much for a single search, but over time, that half a second you save by not holding down the shift key will start to add up.
Tip #3: Click on the multicolored microphone icon in right hand side of the Google search box to search by voice.
Wouldn’t it be handy if we could perform Google searches without having to type in our search queries? Google’s amazing Voice Search technology allows us to do just that.
All you have to do is click the microphone icon in the search bar. A banner will appear at the top of your browser to indicate that Google is “listening”.
Then, speak your query loudly and clearly. Google will automatically detect the end of your query and perform the search, displaying results as they would appear normally. Google will also speak back a snippet of the top result (unless you have disabled this feature under “Search Settings”).
Google’s voice search is invaluable when you can pronounce a word but can’t spell it. Another great time to use this feature is when you need to quickly set a timer in the kitchen – just click on the mic icon and say “set a timer for 10 minutes” and Google will automatically start counting down!
Note: You will need a device with a microphone in order to take advantage of Google’s voice search feature.
Tip #2: Use the “filetype” Advanced Search Operator to find downloadable files of a certain type.
The correct syntax for using the filetype operator is: filetype:extension (where extension is replaced by the actual file extension). It is most commonly used to search for PDFs (pdf), Excel spreadsheets (xls), Powerpoints (ppt), and Word documents (doc).
If you know you are specifically looking for a PDF, just add [filetype:pdf] to your query. It’s that easy!
Remember, you need to add the filetype operator to your existing query. For example, to search for an invoice template in Excel format, your full Google search query would be: [invoice template filetype:xls] (without the square brackets).
Look for the filetype tag to the left of each search result. Here, [XLS] indicates that the results point to downloadable Excel spreadsheets- which is exactly what we wanted!
Here is how you would use the filetype operator to find the most frequently searched for types of files:
- For PDFs: [filetype:pdf]
- For Word documents: [filetype:doc]
- For Excel spreadsheets: [filetype:xls]
- For Powerpoint presentations: [filetype:ppt]
- For Rich Text Format documents: [filetype:rtf]
- For Google Earch KMZs: [filetype:kmz]
- For Google Earth KMLs: [filetype:kml]
- For Autodesk DWFs: [filetype:dwf]
- For Adobe Postscripts: [filetype:ps]
- For Shockwave Flash apps: [filetype:swf]
Good luck in all your searching endeavors!
Tip #1: Links You’ve Already Visited Are Purple.
When searching for something on Google, it’s helpful to know which search results you’ve already visited. Google makes this very easy!
Fresh links that you have not yet clicked on are blue.
Links that you have already visited are purple. The color difference is subtle, so look closely.
As you browse search results, keep this tip in mind to save yourself from clicking on pages you’ve already visited!
Google’s Advanced Search Operators are amazing tools that allow us to write extremely targeted search queries. We can search for exact phrases, exclude results containing certain words, search within a range of prices– and much more. Being able to use these advanced operators is a skill that separates advanced Google users from beginners; try incorporating them into your searches to boost your productivity by reducing the time you spend digging through search results.
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If you use Google, chances are there’s been at least one occasion when you’ve struggled to find the information you’re looking for. It happens to everyone. Even the most experienced Google searchers can find themselves digging through page after page of search results. Why? Because writing precise, targeted search queries is an art! There are no hard and fast rules that dictate exactly the words, syntax and advanced operators that you should use. Every query is different and Google’s algorithm is always evolving.
Luckily, we can use what we know about how Google search works under the hood to help us write better (if not 100%-perfect-all-the-time) queries.
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