As we all know, Google is one of the most popular search engines on the Internet. And while it’s a great tool for finding information, many seniors don’t know how to use it efficiently.
Here are some simple hacks for using Google efficiently.
Simple Hacks For Using Google Efficiently
Use Quotation Marks to Find an Exact Phrase
If you want to find an exact phrase, simply enclose it in quotation marks. For example, if you want to find information about the best way to learn, simply type “the best way to learn French” into the search bar (without quotation marks). This will give you more accurate results than if you just typed in “the best way to learn French” without quotation marks.
Using the (-) Sign
Instance, you want to information about learning Spanish but don’t want any results that mention France or Paris specifically. In this case, you would type “learn Spanish—France—Paris” into the search bar (without quotation marks). The minus signs tell Google not to include any results that contain those words.
Use OR Between Terms for Different Options
If multiple terms could describe what you are looking for, then use OR between them so Google will give results for any of those terms instead of just one specific term. For example, if I wanted recipes either for chicken or with beef, I would type “chicken OR beef” into my search engine.
Use OR (in all caps) between terms to find pages that might use either term: You can find pages that use both terms interchangeably by using the OR operator between them. This can be useful if you’re not sure which spelling of a word is more common. For instance, searching for “bald eagle” or “bald eagles” would return both spellings.
Use an Anterisk
If you can’t remember an exact word or phrase but have a general idea of what you’re looking for, use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard character in your search query. For example, if you wanted information about an author named “George R. R. Martin” but couldn’t remember his full name or what he wrote, you could try searching for *George R. R. Martin*.
This means that Google fill in the blank for you with whatever it thinks is relevant. This can be helpful when you cannot remember an exact word or phrase but still, want good results.
Use the Search Operators “site:” and “URL:”
Tacco find specific information on a website, for instance, if you want to find all the pages on a website that mentions the word you would search for “site:example.com.
Use Google’s Advanced Search features to Narrow Down your Results
This can be done by using keywords or by specifying the type of content you’re looking for (e.g., images, videos, etc.).
If you’re searching for something specific on a website but can’t remember the site o page, try using Google’s “cache” feature. This will show you a cached version of the page as it appeared when last indexed by Google.
Google has many features that can help users be more efficient. These hacks listed here are some of the simplest and most effective ways to use Google efficiently.
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