Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Search Google Like a Professional

Google is a powerful tool, but you’re missing out on a lot of that power if you just type words into it. Master Google and find the best results faster with these search tricks.
Whether you’re an inexperienced user or a seasoned professional, you’ll probably find at least one search operator you weren’t aware of here. Many of Google’s search operators aren’t very well-known.

Exact Words and Phrases

One of the most basic and widely known search tricks is using quotation marks to search for an exact phrase. For example, perform the following search and you’ll only get pages that contain the word “Hello” followed by the word “World.”

“Hello World”

This same method now works for exact-word queries. For example, if you search for “cricket,” Google will also show pages that contain the words “cricketers.” Previously, you’d use a plus sign and search for +cricket, but now you have to enclose the word in quotes:

“cricket” or +cricket

Excluding a Word 

The minus sign allows you to specify words that shouldn’t appear in your results. For example, if you’re looking for pages about sports that don’t mention cricket, use the following search:

sports -cricket

Site Search

The site: operator allows you to perform a search in a specific site. 

site:sakshi.com ys jagan
site:eenadu.net ap cm chandrababu

You can also use the site: operator to specify a domain. For example, if you’re looking for high-quality references, you could use site:.edu to only pull up results from .edu domains.

Related Words

The tilde (~) operator is the opposite of enclosing a single word in quotes — it searches for related words, not just the word you type. For example, if you ran the following search, you’d find search results with words similar to “ys jagan”:

~ ys jagan

The Wildcard

The asterisk (*) is a wildcard that can match any word. For example, if you wanted to see what companies Google has purchased and how much they paid, you could use this search:

"google puchased * for *  dollars"

Time Ranges

A little-known search operator allows you to specify a specific time range. For example, use the following search to find results about ys jagan from between 2009 and 2014:

ys jagan 2009..2014

File Type 

The filetype: operator lets you search for files of a specific file type. For example, you could search for only PDF files.

filetype: pdf google

One Word or the Other

The “OR” operator lets you find words that contain one term or another. For example, using the following search will pull up results that contain either the word “sakshi” or the word “eenadu” The word “OR” must be in uppercase.

sakshi or eenadu

Word Definitions

You don’t have to Google a word and look for a dictionary link if you want to see its definition. Use the following search trick and you’ll see an inline definition:

define: folks




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