Google Search : Interesting tips and tricks

You probably use Google many times a day. But, chances are, unless you are a technology geek, you probably still use Google in its simplest form. If your current use of Google is limited to typing a few words in, and changing your query until you find what you’re looking for, then I’m here to tell you that there’s a better way – and it’s not hard to learn.

Type of search

What you want and What you will get

Example / syntax

Explicit Phrase Lets say you are looking for content about Sixth Pay Commission. Instead of just typing Internet marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes. “Sixth Pay Commission”
Exclude Words Lets say you want to search for content about marketing, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term advertising. To do this, simply use the “-” sign in front of the word you want to exclude. Search: marketing -advertising
Site Specific Search Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “” modifier. “pay commission”
Similar Words and Synonyms Let’s say you are want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms. To do this, use the “~” in front of the word. The following query will also include synonyms of Engineering such as Technology, applied science etc.
Specific Document Types If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier “filetype:” “sixth pay commission” filetype:xls
This OR That By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator or pipe symbol ie. ||. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized).
weaving OR looms
Numeric Ranges This is a rarely used, but highly useful tip. Let’s say you want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers. You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is hard to read, what’s between the X and Y are two periods. This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers. president 1940..1950
Calculator The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression in to Google. 48512 * 1.02
Word Definitions If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the “define:” command. define: panorama
Converters You need not refer to Clarke’s Table any more for Unit conversions. Add currency before the term converter if you want to convert currencies Converter: 72F in C ( for conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade), Currency converter: 100 GBP in USD,
Time displays the current local time there. This applicable for all major cities. “time in Delhi”
Weather This will get you weather report of a particular city weather <bangalore>
Google Cache It’s obvious to many, but some don’t realize that if you click a search result and find a dead link or a removed page, go back to the Google search page and click on “cache”, you’ll get the content of the page as stored by Google. This page will expire after some time. Save it if you need it.
Wild card
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. This is also useful for getting list of domains such as .in, .edu etc *.edu[can’t * me love lyrics] will return the Beatles song you’re looking for
Back links
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.
Vertical search 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

Movies Use the “movie:” operator to search for a movie title movies:Big B
Music The “music:” operator returns content related to music only music:hariharan
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 inurl:”, “intitle:”, “intext:”, and “inanchor:”. Those search for a term only within the URL, the title,
the body text, and the anchor text respectively
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