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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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                          19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                          19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                          Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                          There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                          This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

                          1. Todoist

                            Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                            Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                            If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                            Download: Todoist

                            2. 1Password

                              You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                              1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                              You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                              Download: 1Password

                              3. Bear

                                Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

                                Download: Bear

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                                4. Hazel

                                  Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                  For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                  Download: noodlesoft

                                  5. Alfred

                                    Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                    For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                    It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                    Download: Alfred

                                    6. TextExpander

                                      TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                      For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                      An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                      Download: TextExpander

                                      7. Backblaze

                                        If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                        Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                        Download: Backblaze

                                        8. Keyboard Maestro

                                          Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                          Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                          9. Snagit

                                            There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                            Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                            10. Bartender

                                              Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                              If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                              Download: Bartender

                                              11. Otter

                                              Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                              Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                              Download: Otter

                                              12. Flux

                                                Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                                                Download: Flux

                                                13. PDFpen

                                                If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                14. OmniFocus

                                                  OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                  It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                  A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                  Download: OmniFocus

                                                  15. Franz

                                                    It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                    Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                    Download: Franz

                                                    16. MindNode

                                                      If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                      The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                      Download: MindNode

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                                                      17. Focus

                                                        The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                                        This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                        Download: Focus

                                                        18. CleanMyMac

                                                          Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                          Download: CleanMyMac

                                                          19. Grammarly

                                                            A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                            This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                            A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                            Download: Grammarly

                                                            The Bottom Line

                                                            These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                            Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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