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15 Super Smart Tricks To Help You Search For What You Want On Google

15 Super Smart Tricks To Help You Search For What You Want On Google

Google search need not be complicated. Google search is very efficient, when you know what you’re doing.For example, simply type in the word ‘weather’ followed by a zip code and the weather in any area will pop up. That is only one of the top ways to simplify your search in seconds. Google search really does make searching easier, especially when the user knows how to make the search more efficient.

1. Movies

movies

    A comma goes a long way in Google search  Just type in the word ‘movies, separate with a comma, enter a zip and the local movie list pops up for you.

    2. Search A Specific Site

    search

      Skip all the ads and do a site specific search. For example, I typed in site:lifehack.org “recipes” and every recipe article on our site popped right up.

      3. Reverse Image Search

      images

        Reverse Image search allows you to search with any image. Simply drag an image into Google search and find out what you’ve been missing.

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        4. Check Out The Competition

        vs

          Use vs to compare products or applications or products. Al kinds of reviews will pop up in seconds. For example, the search above was for apple vs pc.

          5. Widen Image Search

          line

            Once at Google Images click search tools and a menu will drop down. Then click type and check face, photo, clip art, line drawing, or animated. This is a great tool, especially when searching for something a little different.

            6. Filter Results In Real-Time

            time

              Google search lets you search up to within the hour or the year or customize the dates. All you have to do is click search tools and then the time window will drop down. You can search up to the past year for a search term.

              7. Define A Word

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              surgery

                Scrabble players need argue any more about whether or not a word is a word. Google search can define a word in mere seconds. Just type in define and the word you need defined will be displayed.

                8. Find The Exact Origin Of A Quote

                quote

                  You can find the exact origin of a quote with Google Search. All you have to do is put the phrase in quotes and hit enter.

                  9. Omit Words From Search

                  bread

                    Use the minus sign before a word to delete from a search. For example, we did a search for “bread recipes – yeast.”

                    10. Search For A Product Within A Price Range

                    rocker

                      Google search makes it easy to find the right product for the best price. Type in the name of the product and then the range with (. . .).  Our example was a rocking chair between $50…$100.

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                      11. Search Using Blanked Terms

                      house

                        Use an * to blank out specific words for a more refined search. Google search will pull up the search term without all of the words. Our example was how to * a house.

                        12. Find Items By File Type

                        file

                          Google search lets you find anything by file type. All you have to do is type in the search term followed by file type doc or ppt or pdf or doc or any type of file.

                          13. Timer

                          timer

                            Need a timer? Perhaps, you have something baking in the kitchen and don’t want to forget about it? Google search can help. All you have to do is enter the search term, set a timer, and a timer automatically pops up.

                            14. Convert Currency

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                            money

                              Planning a trip abroad? Simply type in the currency you have, add the word to, and your destination. Google converts the money equivalence in seconds.

                              15. Web Title Search

                              gree

                                Type the words, intitle: along with the word or person you are searching for. All sites with that particular word will pop up.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                Featured photo credit: Google, TM via google.com

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                                Published on September 20, 2018

                                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

                                Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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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.

                                Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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