Google may be a smart and intelligent search engine with many exciting features. But not all the features are extended instantly for all versions. Google.com is always first to get feature updates, and then updates are provided in versions specific to different countries such as google.co.uk, google.co.in, or google.sh
Google’s version for your country won’t support all the search techniques described below. That is why, it is suggested to use google.com(search engine) to avail maximum benefits of the search features and techniques.
1. Keep It Simple
Keep your search simple word and web-friendly. Start by entering one or two words or more word, and gradually adding relevant or important words, if you’re unsatisfied with the results.
Query: [who is the president of america]
Better query: [president of america]
2. Order Of Keywords
Select the right(true) keywords to make your search. Search results completely depend on the given keywords(search on word), and if keywords are chosen wisely, then results are more efficient.
Put yourself in the shoes of the author, and think of what words he/she would use to write/describe what you’re trying to find (search). If you are looking for a phrase or quote, then keep the order of the words as accurate as possible to get the optimum search results.
Query: [itself divided house cannot stand]
Better query: [A house divided against itself cannot stand]
3. Skip Unnecessary Parts
Google is sensible enough to handle most of your typos, and other things that would just be ignored. That’s why you ought to skip those things in your query to save time.
You should not worry about the subsequent when writing a search query:
Cases (uppercase or lowercase)
Punctuation (dot, question mark, exclamation mark, and more)
Special characters (plus, minus, brackets, and more)
4. Search for a specific site
Put “site:” in front of a site or domain.
site:youtube.com or site:.gov.
5. Search for related sites
Put “related:” in front of a web address you already know.
6. Get details about a site
Put “info:” in front of the site address.
Using the ‘#’(hash) before a word enables you to search for hashtags in Google+, Twitter, and more social networks.
For example: [#privacy]
You can search for social accounts related to a person’s name by putting the ‘@’ sign before his/her name.
For example: [@hongkiat]
9. Intermediate Search Techniques
Note: Zip codes work alright for the US, except for other countries, it’s better to write the country name followed by the postcode.
For example: [gujarat, india] and [india 380008] is the same.
10. Get Sunrise And Sunset Times
You can use Google to get sunrise and sunset times for several cities of the world. Type your search query within the format of [sunrise place-name] or [sunrise zip-code] to get the sunrise time for the desired location. For sunset times, just subtitute the words as per the subsequent style of [sunset place-name] or [sunset zip-code].
[sunrise chicago, usa] or [sunrise 60611]
[sunset chicago, usa] or [sunset 60611]
Advanced Search techniques
Note: You’ll use the Google Advanced Search form for a more convenient search.
11. Synonym Search
You can use the synonym search feature to inform Google to even search for synonyms of a specified word within the search query. this is often helpful for once you want to search for a word and every one its similar words without having to spend time trying to find them individually.
Using the this symbol (~) tilde before a word tells Google (search engine) to search for the words and its synonyms too. Type your search query within the format of [~synonymWord otherWords] to look for the word and its synonyms during a single search.
For example: [~sweet fruit]
12. Search For Numbers In A Range
You can tell Google to search within a spread of numbers, like dates, prices, and measurements. Using two periods (dots) between two(2) numbers makes Google search engine within that number range and skip other results.
Using two periods after variety indicates a lower minimum (number..) while putting it before the quantity indicates the next maximum (..number). Type your search query within the format of(syntax) [firstNumber..secondNumber otherWords] to search between a specified lower and upper bounds.
[android phone $300..$500]
[television 20..50 inches]
13. Search Using File Types
You can tell Google to search for a particular file type of file for your query. Using file type operators before a type of file tells Google to search only for specified file types and skip other files. Type your search query within the format of [filetype:type otherWords] to search for a particular file type.