Google Search’s learning curve is an odd one. You use it every day and may be able to even find whatever you are searching for. Interestingly, the search engine does much more than basic search and has plenty of interesting tricks up its sleeve. If you would like to get the most out of the Search engine, please read on.
Just for Fun: Try searching ‘Do a Barrel Roll’, without quotes and see what google can do for you.
Tip 1: Start with the basics
No matter what you’re looking for, start with a simple search like where’s the closest airport? You can always add a few descriptive words if necessary.
If you’re looking for a place or product in a specific location, add the location. For example, Yas Island
Tip 2: Search using your voice
Tired of typing? Say “Ok Google” or choose the microphone icon to search using your voice. Learn more about “Ok Google” and voice search.
Tip 3: Choose words carefully
When you’re deciding what words to put in the search box, try to choose words that are likely to appear on the site you’re looking for. For example, instead of saying my head hurts, say headache, because that’s the word a medical site would use.
Tip 4: Don’t worry about the little things
Spelling. Google’s spell checker automatically uses the most common spelling of a given word, whether or not you spell it correctly.
Capitalization. A search for New York Times is the same as a search for new york times.
Tip 5: Find quick answers
For many searches, Google will do the work for you and show an answer to your question in the search results. Some features, like information about sports teams, aren’t available in all regions.
- Weather: Search weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name, like weather Seattle, to find weather for a certain place.
- Dictionary: Put define in front of any word to see its definition.
- Calculations: Enter a math equation like 3*9123, or solve complex graphing equations.
- Unit conversions: Enter any conversion, like 3 dollars in euros.
- Sports: Search for the name of your team to see a schedule, game scores and more.
- Quick facts: Search for the name of a celebrity, location, movie, or song to find related information.
Tip 8: Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words
Tip 9: Search websites for keywords
Tip 10: Search news archives going back to the mid-1880s
Tip 11: Compare foods using ‘vs’
Tip 12: Filter search results for recipes
Tip 13: Use ‘DEFINE:’ to learn the meaning of words – slang included
Tip 14: Tilt your screen by searching ’tilt’
Tip 15: Play Atari Breakout by searching it on Google Images
Tip 16: Search images using images
Tip 17 Press the mic icon on Google’s search bar, and say ‘flip a coin’ or ‘heads or tails’