The mere fact that you type a few words and respond in thousandths of a second to hundreds of thousands of web pages already makes Google an extraordinary tool.
However, this search engine can be even more incredible if you know of some “hidden” tasks and functions, promoting more precise or specific searches and accessing generic resources for a variety of purposes.
In this article, we’ll teach you a bit more about how to take advantage of Google’s full potential and make you an expert in internet searches. You can now open a new tab of your browser with the page of this renowned service and prepare to know a new world within the main product of the Search Giant.
This is not the first guide with tips from Google we have already produced. In previous posts, we’ve explained ways to search for a specific term, avoid unwanted words in a search, find phrases on a particular site, find out the definition of something, know the time or weather of a city, perform unit conversion measure or coins, do calculations and more.
Well, as all technology tends to develop, Google has not lagged behind and in the meantime has increased new mechanisms and improved the functionality in your browser. So we’ve made a new selection of tips for you to recycle your knowledge and skills when it comes to researching anything on the internet.
1. Web History
If you have a Google account and keep it logged while you search, the searcher stores all your registered activities. This gives you access to a history of all the terms you have searched for properly listed, categorized and even with graphic presentations. The feature allows you to remove or favorite any stored item. Click here to check your past searches on Google.
2. Related pages
One way to find information sources similar to a website that you used to visit or found in a search is to use the “related: [URL of page]” operator. So you can find contents related to those that appeal to you in a more practical and fast way.
3. Numerical ranges
Another little known function in Google, but that can be very useful, is the search in numerical intervals. For this, all you have to do is insert “..” (without quotes and no spaces) between the desired values. Example: Inventions 1830..1875.
In addition, this same operator can be used to delimit a number range. Let’s say you are looking for which cars have at least 300 horsepower. To clear your question, go to Google and enter “300 horsepower cars” (without quotation marks and with a space between the colon and the term delimiter). This logic is good for anything like “1600 mAh” batteries.
4. Geographical or language boundaries
While Google’s responses by default use your location and the language of your browser to better organize the sites listed, you can make settings that prevent you from viewing content from other countries or doing the exact opposite: pages from around the world and from languages are presented. To trigger these filters, after performing a search you must press the “Search Tools” option and use the first two configuration options.
5. Image filtering
A lot of people have not looked at this yet, but the Google image search section has a series of filters that can help you find an illustration or photo with better quality or some peculiar feature. These features are available in the “Search Tools” menu for image search, allowing you to order the service to display files by size, color scheme, type of “art” or publication time.
6. Purchasing Consultant
Are you looking for a computer? Want to switch smartphones? Want to buy a sofa for your new home? Know that you can use Google as a price comparator. Just enter the specific name or model of the object you want to purchase and click “Shopping”. After that, the search engine displays a listing of products related to the entered words and prices of several online stores. On the left side you can filter the results by price or e-commerce.
7. The routine of the sun
If you’re planning to spend a few days on the beach and enjoy watching sunrise or sunset, Google is also able to let you know when these events will take place. To do this, type “sunrise [city name]” or “sunset [city name]” (both without quotes).
8. It’s time to fly
Did an unforeseen event happen and need to travel urgently? Google can serve as an airport attendant and report available flight times between two locations. The search should be done as follows: “flight from [city or airport name]” to “[city or airport name]” (both without quotes).
For inquiries about only aircraft departing or arriving in a municipality, the search can be made with “city or airport name flight” or “flight to [city or airport name]” (both without quotes ). In the US, if you search for your company name and flight number, Google displays data for the route you are traveling in real time.
9. Quick translation
Google Translate may not be an excellent translation tool into Portuguese, but we have to admit that it breaks a branch when it comes to doubting content in other languages. But did you know that you do not have to access it to translate one or a few words? The finder itself can help you with this by simply typing “translate [to term] to [language]” (without quotes). It is worth noting that the language must be described in its English form. Follow the example below: translate bom dia to japanese.
10. For passionate and distracted fans
United States is the country of football and Google knows this. The proof of this clever search engine is that by searching for the name of a large club, it returns the result of the last match (to report defeat or victory to more distracted fans) as well as opponents and the date with the next matchday confrontation. In addition, in the right-hand column, you can check out some of the team’s history, the latest news and the list of athletes hired.
11. Free reading
Google’s data repositories go beyond links to web pages and images, offering books that are already in the public domain, meaning they can be downloaded without any problems. So you can read classics of world literature without taking a penny out of your pocket. To find one of these works, you must enter the title of the book you want to read in the search engine and access the “Books” section. The Google library also has excerpts from paid works, which can help you decide whether to buy the book or not.
Source: Google Tricks