02-19-2014, 08:02 PM
The internet is a vast sea of information, therefore to
get the most out of Google search, you must instruct
the search engine to bring exactly what you want. Since
Google is the largest search engine in the world, i’ll
share with you some tricks on how to search like a pro
1. Use of Quotation Marks and Key Phrases
When looking for something on Google, envelope the
key word with quotation marks to instruct the search
engine to bring all about what you searching for. For
example if you type in”Reebok”, search engine would
bring all about Reebok and nothing else.
2. Time Range Search
If you want to know about the NFL between 2011 to
2014 for example your search would look like this NFL
2011…2014. This would instruct the search engine to
bring up all about the NFL between 2011 and 2014.
3. Document Type Search
If you are looking for a particular file type say a PDF file
for example you can instruct Google to look for PDF files
on Technology by typing in “Filetype: PDF Technology”.
For word file replace PDF with docx, for PowerPoint files
put in ppt, for excel type in xls.
4. Inclusive Search
If you want search engine to bring up two terms in the
search, like Apple and Mac for example, just type Apple
5. Searching for Word Definition
You don’t need to type a word on Google and start
looking for dictionary definition on dictionary sites. To
get a definition on Google just type “define: word” and
the definition would pop up on top page.
6. Make Calculations
You could do your maths calculation if you know how to
use your symbols properly. You could make calculation
direct from Google by using + – ( ) * to do your basic
7. Unit & Currency Conversion Search
When search for a unit conversion, type in the
command telling the search engine what to convert and
to what. for example “1 dollar in Naira”.
8. Using Wildcards
When you have partial information about something and
want to get full details about the matter, use wildcards
such as asterisk (*) to fill the missing fields. For
example if you want to know properties Gogle bought
and how much, your search would look like this “Google
acquired * for *”.