Most of us use Google every day to search the internet for millions of things – but did you know you’re probably not using the search engine to the best of its ability?
Twitter user Chris Hladczuk has created a useful thread of eight tips to using Google that most people don’t already know, and they could help you search better and smarter.
He wrote: “If you use it right, Google is the most powerful tool in the world. But the truth is most people suck at it.
“Here are eight Googling tips that you probably don’t know.”
From searching by file type to using punctuation marks, here are Chris’ eight top tips for using Google.
Chris says putting quotes around words allows you to search for that exact phrase.
You can use a hyphen to eliminate a word from your search.
If you wanted to search for pictures of dolphins, you could make your search read ‘dolphins-football’, which would eliminate any results for the Miami Dolphins American football team.
When you want synonyms to appear in a result, use a tilde.
For example, Chris explains typing ‘music ~classes’ will also show you results for things like music lessons and coaching.
According to Chris, you can even use Google to search for items within a specific site.
You can use a vertical bar instead of the word ‘or’.
For example, searching for ‘ Netflix | Hulu’ will show you results for Netflix or Hulu.
Two full stops
Putting two full stops between two dates will allow you to search for things within that time frame.
Chris says if you search for ‘movies 1980..2000’, Google will only show you results involving movies released between those two dates.
Google also lets you search by location in a similar way to the site function.
For example, searching ‘Stormzy location:Reading’ shows search results relating to Stormzy in Reading, so you can easily find information on his headline slot at Reading and Leeds over the weekend.
The last tip Chris has is searching by file type, which is especially useful if you’re searching for documents rather than websites.
Chris’ example states that by searching for ‘Warren Buffett filetype:pdf’ you can find the businessman’s written works instead of news articles about him.