Using Advanced Search In Google

If you're anything like me, you'll use Google several times a day, and if you're not too computer savvy, you'll probably be using Google at its basic level. Don't get me wrong, it's nothing to be a ashamed of, in fact you're a winner already because Google is the world's most popular search engine.

Here, I'll show you how to use Google more effectively to bring you the search results you are looking for.

The Basics

Spelling
No need to worry about spelling, Google's spell checker will automatically use the most common spelling of any given word and provide you with the results.

Capitalisation
Google is not case sensitive, so searching for natural history museum is the same as Natural History Museum.

Quick Answers

One of my favourite things Google does is give you immediate results of several search terms.

  Weather
If you type in weather, Google will instantly provide you the current weather in your location, which includes; temperature, precipitation and wind. It'll also give you the weather forecast in hours and the following week, neat eh? If you'd like to find out the weather for another location, just type in weather followed by a location.

image of weather search in Google

  Dictionary
Type in the word define in front of any word to see its definition.

image of word search in Google

  Calculations
Enter in a maths equation, for example 21/3 to find 21 divided by 3 or 3*7 to find 3 multiplied by 7. You can also solve complex graphic equations. Tip: Type in calculator to bring up Google's own online version, which includes scientific functions.

image of calculating a sum in Google

  Unit Conversions
Enter any type of conversion, for example; 5 pounds in rands or 20m in km.

image of distance conversion in Google

  Sports
Type in the name of a team to see a recent schedule, game scores and more.

image of sports team search in Google

  Facts
Type in the name of a celebrity, location, movie, or song to find related information.

image of a fact search in Google

  Flight Information
Type in the name of an airline and flight number to find out information of that flight.

image of a fact search in Google

  Time and Timer
If you type in time, Google will instantly provide you the current time in your location, which includes; day, date and year. If you'd like to find out the time for another location, just type in time followed by a location, for example: time hong kong.

If you type in an amount, followed a unit of time, then timer, Google will automatically begin the countdown, for example 30 minute timer. Tip: Look out for the stopwatch tab on the same interface.

image of time search in Google

Example of Google's timer

So, now you're aware of the very basics of what Google can do for you, let's move on to using Search Operators.

Using Search Operators

When using search operators and other punctuation you can get more specific search results.

Punctuation and Symbols
image of a Google+ profile search in Google

Example of a Google+ profile search in Google

image of a wildcard search in Google

Example of a wildcard search in Google

Search Operators
image of a site: search in Google

Example of a site: search in Google

image of how to use multiple search operators in Google

Example of how to use multiple search operators in Google

Note: When you search using operators or punctuation marks, don't add any spaces between the operator and your search terms. A search for site:theguardian.com will work, but site: theguardian.com won't.

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