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How to Use Google

Written by technosid

How To Use Google includes:

60 Powerful Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts


How to Use Google

 is designed for beginner to expert level Google users who want to be more productive with Google in 2020.

We will begin with an overview of how to google maximize Basic Web Search, and then progress through intermediate techniques, advanced techniques other types of search, and information on other Google services. Lastly we will reveal some additional Google services and bonus material in this Article how to use.

Basic Web Search

#1:  Search
#2:  Understanding Search Results

Web Search:  Basic Tips & Tricks

#3:  Selecting Search Terms
#4:  Capital Letters
#5:  “And” or “Or”?
#6:  Common Words
#7:  Similar Terms
#8:  “What about Phrases?”
#9:  Being Negative can Help
#10:  Determining Your Results
#11:  Are You Feeling Lucky?

Web Search:  Intermediate Tips & Tricks
#12:  Book Search
#13:  Cached Web Pages
#14:  Calculator
#15:  Currency Conversion
#16:  Dictionary
#17:  File Types
#18:  Movies
#19:  Music Search
#20:  World’s Largest Phonebook
#21:  Questions and Answers (Q&A)
#22:  Important Numbers Search
#23:  Similar Pages
#24:  Site Search
#25:  Spell Check
#26:  Stock Quotes
#27:  Show me the Map
#28:  Travel Information
#29:  Weather
#30:  Web Page Translation
#31:  Google Links  or “Link Love”
#32:  Advanced Search Page
#33:  Setting Your Preferences

Advanced Web Search
#34:  Plus (“+”) Search
#35:  Synonym search
#36:  Numrange Search – [#]…[#] #37:  Cached Pages – “cache:”
#38:  Definitions – “define:”
#39:  Domain search – “site:”
#40:  Related Pages – “related:”
#41:  Web Page Information – “info:”
#42:  Stock Information  – “stocks:”
#43:  Page Titles with Keywords – “allintitle:”
#44:  Page Titles and Text with Keywords – “intitle:”
#45:  Domains with Keywords – “allinurl:”
#46:  Domains and Pages with Keywords – “inurl:”
#47:  Date Limiting – “date:”
#48:  Safe Searching – “safesearch:”

Beyond Web Search – Google Services
#49:  News
#50:  Groups
#51:  Images
#52:  Gmail (Mail)
#53:  Local
#54:  Directory
#55:  Zeitgeist
#56:  Feeling Froogle?

Google Applications
#57:  Desktop
#58:  Earth
#59:  Toolbar

Other Services & Applications
#60:  Other Google Services and Applications


Basic Web Search

#1: Search

Searching Google is simple. Enter one or more search terms into the search box and click “Google Search.”

Google quickly responds with a Results Page, a list of web pages that are related to the terms you searched for. This list is sort by relevancy, with the most relevant web page listed first.

#2: Understanding Search Results


  1. Search Field
    • Enter your search query here


B.    Search Button

  • Click to submit your search (or hit “Enter” key)


C.    Advanced Search (Tip #32)

  • Link to the Advanced Search Page


D.     Statistics

  • Description of statistics related to your search google


Web Page Results

·        E. Page Title

  • The title of a web page related to your search

·        F. Excerpt

  • Excerpt from the page related to your search

·        G. Similar Pages (Tip #23)

  • Link to pages similar to the web page listed

·        H. URL or Domain Name

  • Web address of page related to your search

·        I. Size

  • Size of text on page – implies loading time

·        J. Cached Link (Tip #13)

  • Link to Google’s saved version of the page


K. Google Search Applications (see Tips #49 – #56)

  • Links to search for images, news,



Web Search: Basic Tips & Tricks


Although searching Google is easy, searching Google effectively requires a bit more understanding of how Google works. This is why most Google users end up blindly following links in hope of finding what they are looking for. Below are some introductory tips on how to target your searches to be more effective:


Note: In the examples below, I will refer to search terms by putting text inside single quote marks. For example, searching Google for ‘new haven weather’ is the same as entering this search:

#3: Selecting Search Terms


Selecting the correct search terms is essential to finding the information you are looking for. Begin with simple, direct terms – if you are looking for information on Picasso, search for ‘Picasso’.


However, usually you will be using multiple search terms to narrow and target your search. If you are



searching for a ‘‘, you should search for rather than simply ‘technosid‘ or ‘.net’ by themselves. Searching for ‘‘ may deliver even better results.


The more specific and accurate your terms are, the better. For example, searching for ‘art prints’ will result in broad listings, whereas ‘‘ will be more targeted.


#4: Capital Letters


Capitalization has no impact on your search terms because Google does not take it into account. All letters are interpreted as lower case, so PaRiS hilTON is the same as Paris Hilton or paris Hilton. All of these searches will end up with the same results.


#5: “And” or “Or”?


Google assumes that you are searching for web pages that include all of your search terms. For example, if you search for ‘park city ski mountains’, Google will locate web pages that include all four terms. This means that a page about ski mountains in the Rockies or Park City ski shops will likely not show up in the results.




In programming speak, this means Google is performing an “and” search, as opposed to an “or” search. As such, you never need to include ‘and’ in your search terms, unless you are looking for that word in particular.


#6: Common Words


By default, Google excludes commonly used words such as where, how and why, and single letters or digits, such as ‘an’ or ‘1’. When Google does exclude a search term, it displays which words were removed in the statistics bar.


If, for some reason, you want to make sure Google does NOT remove your common word, you can tell Google to include it. Simply put a ‘+’ before the word, such as ‘Calphalon Nonstick +II’. Make sure to have a space before the ‘+’ symbol.


Alternatively, another way to include common words is to search for a phrase by enclosing your search in quotations – “Calphalon Nonstick II”. This method is discussed below in What about Phrases?