Use Google to its full potential

 
Use Google services to their full potential

Google is probably the best and most powerful search engine, but it provides so many results it can become confusing. If you never quite find what you are looking for, do not give up just yet. You are about to learn some tricks to become a Google search master.

 

1) Google operators. They are words and punctuation that call for specific results. This way, you can actually tell Google what you are looking for.

Quotes Many of you know probably already that when you put an expression between quotes on Google, it will look for that specific expression. Just see for yourself the difference between red black and "red black"

+ will look for a specific word, not its other forms (plural, different verb forms...). Window vs. +Window

- will ban a word from the results. Yellow phone vs. Yellow phone -pages

intitle: will search for a word or expression in the title of the page. "Take a virtual tour" vs. intitle:"Take a virtual tour"

inurl: will search for a word or expression in the URL (web address) of the page. freeware vs. inurl:freeware

site: will perform the search within a specific website. Firefox vs. site:techsupportalert.com Firefox

You can now combine all those operators together to search for exactly what you want. For example: intitle:Firefox -"Firefox 4" site:techsupportalert.com

This article will give you some more tips: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/three-lesser-known-google-search-operators.htm

There are dozens more Google operators in case you're interested: http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/operators.html and http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=136861

 

2) Gmail operators

One of gmail's greatest strengths is that its search engine is powered by Google. With it, you will not have to browse through your whole mailbox to find a specific mail.

from:, to:, subject:, filename:, in:, is:... If you want to learn Gmail operators, visit this help page: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=7190

Examples

a. is:unread in:inbox = Unread messages in inbox

b. from:john filename:pdf = all the messages coming from John with a pdf attachment

c. after:2011/01/01 before:2011/03/01 from:me to:Mary = All the message sent from you to Mary between January 1st and March 1st.

 

3) More tips

There are thousands more ways to improve your google search. 

a. Check the left panel to discover available options. Limiting the results to the past year can prove very useful sometimes.

b. Google images is a powerful search engine for graphics. Pick a color, search for a specific resolution, and discover the new "sort by subject" option.

 

 

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by Blaszta (not verified) on 20. May 2011 - 9:04  (72385)

For more Google tricks, you can find in this cheat sheet:
http://www.googleguide.com/advanced_operators_reference.html

by John H (not verified) on 18. May 2011 - 17:39  (72298)

Your Google vs. My Google, "Beware of Filter Bubbles"
The following is a TED presentation that talks to the algorithmically based filtering of search results based on your search history with Google and others. Basically, the results of your search could be quite different from mine for the same exact terms. It can even be self-evident doing the same query in two different browsers with the identical search term (tried this myself). If you steer yourself to a lot of fluff type sites, then the search engines will see this activity and rank those types of sites high on you list.

http://www.wimp.com/filterbubbles/

by PeterA (not verified) on 18. May 2011 - 17:08  (72296)

Just check out the following Google site: http://www.googleartproject.com/

This is an incredible site for all art lovers worldwide!

I'm flabbergasted with what Google offers us... all this for free!

No, I don't work for Google, I'm just an art lover ;-)

by Anonymous_345636 (not verified) on 19. May 2011 - 16:10  (72348)

nah, actually almost nothing google offers is really free...they just using their stuff to track you all over the internet and build profiles on you...

by courtenayguy on 18. May 2011 - 15:19  (72289)

IMPRESSIVE!
I use Google's search 4-5 time a day....didn't know ANY of these tips!
Thanks, art065, APPRECIATED!

by lawrence sheffield (not verified) on 18. May 2011 - 13:32  (72280)

where can find apps and programs for windows for windows 2000

by smoaky on 18. May 2011 - 15:04  (72287)

go to this site

http://download.cnet.com/windows/?tag=hdr;brandnav&refresh=1305730393879

Type in the app or program you are looking for in the search box top right corner of this web site. When your search results are displayed,look on the far left column and scroll down to "By operating System" and click on Windows 2000. This will give you all the apps in that category that will be compatible with Windows 2000. You can also search for just the Free ones using the "By license type" at the top of the same "column on the left of the page.
Good Luck and enjoy

by gruff on 18. May 2011 - 13:07  (72277)

There is also an excellent book written by Tara Calishain & Rael Dornfest called "Google Hacks" (100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools) and published by O'Reilly that details a lot of hidden and unknown means of searching Google to get the precise results you want. Another book that is second only to "Google Hacks" is called Google: The Missing Manual, by Sarah Milstein and Rael Dornfest. Between the two I think the most serious search engine aficionado will find a lot of useful information. Tara Calishain is a lifelong research librarian and publishes a free newsletter that also is very enlightening.

by josephgiridhar on 17. May 2011 - 8:59  (72070)

I am very much thank full to Google and for its back end team. Because they have made this site so potential that any user or the visitors who ever had any query can type and can get the result very easily. Google has various types of search options that will be make user friendly and search easily. I suggest that Google is one of the fast moving search Engine...

by Bob on 16. May 2011 - 14:35  (71995)

Thank you arto. The Google Images content filter option ("sort by subject") was actually a hot find for me. This new function seems to have been launched just 1 week ago - at least judging from the Official Google Blog which provides a handy introduction.

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