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12 Tricks That Make You The Master Of Google Search

12 Tricks That Make You The Master Of Google Search

There’s a hidden side of Google that only a select few people take advantage of. When you discover the amazing things you can do with Google, you’ll become a search master. You’ll be light years ahead of the people who don’t know this stuff.

Enough talking – let’s get right to learning the 12 Google search tricks. Are you ready to have your mind blown?

1. Use an asterisk “*” to find words or phrases you can’t remember

Google sees an * as a missing word they should fill in with the most relevant result. So, if you forgot a word in a phrase or saying, you can use it to find the phrase with the word you’re missing.

Google Search Tricks: Asterisk to find missing words

    2. Search within websites using “site:”

    For example, if you search “site: lifehack.org exercises” it will bring up every page on Lifehack with the word exercises in it.

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    Google Search Tricks: Using "site:" parameter

      3. Find similar websites by searching “related:yourwebsitehere.com”

      If you have a blog or website you really like and want to find similar sites, you can make a search like “related:lifehack.org”:

        4. Search for exact phrases using quotations

        If you want to find things with exact words or phrases, just put quotes around them. For example, you can search for “shining your kitchen sink”:

          5. Exclude certain keywords using “-“

          Sometimes you want to find results without certain words. You can do so using the minus sign followed by the word. For example, you can search “jaguar speed -car”:

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            6. Find links to certain websites with “link:yourwebsitehere.com”

            If you want to see any websites that linked to a certain website or page, you can search using the “link:” parameter. This could be useful if you’re looking for sites that linked back to your site, or even your Facebook page.

              7. Search for exact images

              Have you ever wondered where an image came from or wanted to find similar images to yours? All you have to do is download the image you want to search for, go to images.google.com, click the camera icon, then upload your image (or paste the image URL). It will bring up related images, the same image in different sizes, and show the sources for the image!

                8. Use “or” when you can’t remember which topic you’re thinking of

                If you can’t remember which Jennifer acted in that one movie, for example:

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                Which actor was it again?

                  9. Search within a time frame using “…”

                  For example, if you search “inventions 1900…2000”, you’ll find posts with inventions in that time frame:

                    10. Search for specific words in a title or URL using “intitle:” and “inurl:”

                    If you want to find a forum, you can search “inurl:forum”. If you want to find articles with exact works in the title, you can search “intitle:kittens”.

                      11. Use “Define:” to learn the meaning of slang words

                      This is awesome. If you ever hear or see a slang word you don’t understand, just Google “Define:slangword”. For example, when you search “define:waffle”:

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                        12. Filter search results using Google’s “Search Tools”

                        Finally, one of the most well-known ways of increasing your efficiency on Google is their search tools dropdown. This dropdown can allow you to filter results by time date, image size, color, type, etc. It’s an under-utilized way to narrow down your search results.

                          There you have it – 12 Google search tricks to make you a Google search master. If you want more cool Google tricks or a handy place to find the parameters, Google has an excellent help document that shows you the most advanced ways to use their platform.

                          Now get out there and start using your newfound magical search powers to conquer the world! Or at least, to find better search results. Either way, I hope you found this article helpful. If you did, don’t forget to share it!

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                          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                          In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                          Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                          In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                          Minimizing Tabs

                          Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                          Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                          Incognito Mode

                          Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                          1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                          2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                          3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                          This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                          Save Webpages as PDF Files

                          Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                          Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                          Open Recently-closed Tabs

                          Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                          One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                          The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                          Solve Mathematical Problems

                          Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                          For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                          Play Media Files

                          Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                          In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                          Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                          With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                          Stay Focus(e)d

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                          Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                          With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                          This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                          Grammarly for Editing

                          Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                          You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                          Loom

                          There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                          There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                          With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                          Chrome Calendar Extension

                          No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                          Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                          Final Thoughts

                          Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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