Google Search Tricks – How to use Google’s Search Engine Efficiently to get quick result

In one of our pervious post, we had written about the efficiency of Google Search going Down.  The thing is, search results are only as good as the query you enter!

While there are many  operands or search operators that the general crowd is aware of, such as quotes or some calculations, there are several cool  Google search hacks and tricks that most people have never realized existed, let alone used consciously.

Search Shortcuts

Google is a very smart search engine and provides shortcuts to a lot of information.

For example if you would like to know what the local time is in New York, rather than searching for a site that reveals the timezone and painfully doing the math yourself, you can just type time in New York’ and Google will tell you the answer straight away

Try ‘Temp New York’ and it will reveal the current temperature.

 

Also try “Sunrise [city name]”, “Sunset”, “Convert”

 

Search for the Unknown

Sometimes you may not be quite sure about the best query for your search. Maybe you don’t know the exact wording, don’t want to exclude synonyms, or simply want to find a similar website to the one you’re currently viewing. Google provides specific search operators for these cases: the wildcard (*), synonym (~), and related (related:url) operators.

You can use the  wildcard to replace a random word or even several words.
Example: he who * throw stone  to find he who  is without sin throw the stone. 

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e  synonym operator will obviously find words synonymous to the one marked with the respective search operator.
Example: ~travel destination will also find results for tourist destination, tourism destination, holiday destination, flight destination, and more.

Using the  related:url search operator, you can find websites that are similar to the respective URL.
Example: related:facebook.com will find myspace, youtube, Twitter, Hi5, etc. among others.

 

 

 

Search for Faces Only, Clipart Only, Line Drawing only, etc.

There is another Google image search trick that involves face search. Many names are ambiguous and will return a range of results. For example Rose will generally return pictures of flowers or colors, rather than people.

Here is how you can get desired Effect

 

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Browse Unavailable Pages using Google Cache

Google collects website data and temporarily stores entire websites in its cache. So the next time you find that your favorite website is down or blocked, try to access it via Google’s cache and bridge the time until you can access it again.

Just type cache:url and the latest available snapshot of the page will be presented.

 

Visually Translate foreign Words

You can use  Google Translate to translate the meaning of a foreign word. Now what if it’s a word foreign only to you? Many technical terms cannot simply be translated to an easy version’. To understand what they mean, however, you can search the term in Google Images and you may actually recognize the item.

For example do you know what a vernier caliper is? If not, type  images into your Google search and have a look.

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