Tips for Efficient Google search

Google is one of the best Search engine ever exist in this world and also one of the richest too. Searching using Google is not hard at all but only sometimes we cannot determine specifically what we're searching for. There are many kinds of what people searching, like images, articles, blogs, shopping websites and so on. So the efficient ways are to search using what specifically we're searching for and Google provides it all. Do you know, there are ways of searching using Google more efficient?

There are a number of ways to make your searches more efficient:

  1. Either/or. Google normally searches for pages that contain all the words you type in the search box, but if you want pages that have one term or another (or both), use the OR operator -- or use the "|" symbol (pipe symbol) to save you a keystroke. [dumb | little | man]

  2. Quotes. If you want to search for an exact phrase, use quotes. ["dumb little man"] will only find that exact phrase. [dumb "little man"] will find pages that contain the word dumb and the exact phrase "little man".

  3. Not. If you don't want a term or phrase, use the "-" symbol. [-dumb little man] will return pages that contain "little" and "man" but that don't contain "dumb".

  4. Similar terms. Use the "~" symbol to return similar terms. [~dumb little man -dumb] will get you pages that contain "funny little man" and "stupid little man" but not "dumb little man".

  5. Wildcard. The "*" symbol is a wildcard. This is useful if you're trying to find the lyrics to a song, but can't remember the exact lyrics. [can't * me love lyrics] will return the Beatles song you're looking for. It's also useful for finding stuff only in certain domains, such as
    educational information: ["dumb little man" research *.edu].

  6. Advanced search. If you can't remember any of these operators, you can always use Google's advanced search.

  7. Definitions. Use the "define:" operator to get a quick definition. [define:dumb] will give you a whole host of definitions from different sources, with links.

  8. Calculator. One of the handiest uses of Google, type in a quick calculation in the search box and get an answer. It's faster than calling up your computer's calculator in most cases. Use the +, -, *, / symbols and parentheses to do a simple equation.

  9. Numrange. This little-known feature searches for a range of numbers. For example, ["best books 2002..2007] will return lists of best books for each of the years from 2002 to 2007 (note the two periods between the two numbers).

  10. Site-specific. Use the "site:" operator to search only within a certain website. [ leo] will search for the term "leo" only within this blog.

  11. Backlinks. The "link:" operator will find pages that link to a specific URL. You can use this not only for a main URL but even to a specific page. Not all links to an URL are listed, however.

  12. Web search features. Instead of searching for a term across all pages on the web, search within a specialized field. Google has a number of specific searches, allowing you to search within blogs, news, books, and much more:

    Book Search

    Use Google to search the full text of books.

    Cached Links

    View a snapshot of each page as it looked when we indexed it.


    Use Google to evaluate mathematical expressions.

    Currency Conversion

    Easily perform any currency conversion.


    Use Google to get glossary definitions gathered from various online sources.

    File Types

    Search for non-HTML file formats including PDF documents and others.


    See relevant postings from Google Groups in your regular web search results.

    I'm Feeling Lucky

    Bypass our results and go to the first web page returned for your query.


    See relevant images in your regular web search results.

    Local Search

    Search for local businesses and services in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada.


    Use Google to find reviews and showtimes for movies playing near you.

    Music Search

    Use Google to get quick access to a wide range of music information.

    News Headlines

    Enhances your search results with the latest related news stories.


    Look up U.S. street address and phone number information.

    Product Search

    To find a product for sale online, use Google Product Search.


    Use Google to get quick answers to straightforward questions.

    Refine Your Search - New!

    Add instant info and topic-specific links to your search in order to focus and improve your results.

    Results Prefetching

    Makes searching in Firefox faster.

    Search By Number

    Use Google to access package tracking information, US patents, and a variety of online databases.

    Similar Pages

    Display pages that are related to a particular result.

    Site Search

    Restrict your search to a specific site.

    Spell Checker

    Offers alternative spelling for queries.

    Stock and Fund Quotes

    Use Google to get up-to-date stock and mutual fund quotes and information.

    Street Maps

    Use Google to find U.S. street maps.

    Travel Information

    Check the status of an airline flight in the U.S. or view airport delays and weather conditions.


    Check the current weather conditions and forecast for any location in the U.S.

    Web Page Translation

    Provides you access to web pages in other languages.

    Who Links To You?

    Find pages that point to a specific URL.

  13. Unit converter. Use Google for a quick conversion, from yards to meters for example, or different currency: [12 meters in yards]

  14. Types of numbers: Google algorithms can recognize patterns in numbers you enter, so you can search for:

    • Telephone area codes

    • Vehicle ID number (US only)

    • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) equipment numbers (US only)

    • UPC codes

    • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airplane registration number (US only)

    • Patent numbers (US only)

    • Even stock quotes (using the stock symbol) or a weather forecast regarding the next five days

  15. File types. If you just want to search for .PDF files, or Word documents, or Excel spreadsheets, for example, use the "filetype:" operator.

  16. Location of term. By default, Google searches for your term throughout a web page. But if you just want it to search certain locations, you can use operators such as "inurl:", "intitle:", "intext:", and "inanchor:". Those search for a term only within the URL, the title,
    the body text, and the anchor text (the text used to describe a link).

  17. Cached pages. Looking for a version of a page the Google stores on its own servers? This can help with outdated or update pages. Use the "cached:" operator.

  18. Answer to life, the universe, and everything. Search for that phrase, in lower case, and Google will give you the answer.



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