Most people these days use google.com as their preferred search engine, and most times a regular search will bring you the results you are looking for. But what if you want a more complex search? Or want to filter out some results? Well, here’s a few pointers on how to Google a bit more efficiently, and some other neat tricks.
A regular search
Say that I want to search for a review for the cellphone HTC Desire Z. I could always use the string “HTC Desire Z review”. Or, we could do a more efficient search.
Take the following search string as an example:
site:engadget.com ~review “htc desire z” -amazon 2010..2012
Let’s break it down:
- site:engadget:com – Only searches the pages of the site engadget.com
- ~review – Also searches related words, such as “check, examine, opinion”.
- htc desire z – Searches for the exact phrase, and not each word separately.
- -amazon – Excludes this term from the search.
- 2010..2012 – Shows all results from within the specified timerange.
The last element above not only works with a time-range, but also with any other type of range. For instance:
..gives you results based on a range from $100 to $200.
Searching for filetypes
In certain cases you want to search for specific types of file. For instance,
filetype:pdf linux intitle:best *distribution
Again, let’s break this down:
- filetype:pdf – Searches only results of the file type you specify. .doc, .jpg, .torrent, the options are endless. Close to, anyway.
- linux – Just a regular search string.
- intitle:best – Only shows results with that word in the title (in this case, ‘best’)
- *distribution – Replaces itself with common terms in your search (in this case ‘Arch Linux distribution’, ‘Red Hat distribution’, will both be searched, among many others)
To find the definition of a word, use:
Converting from one unit to another made easy:
54 km to miles
2 kg to lbs
150 NOK to USD
Also works great as a calculator:
Check out what the time is in another part of the world:
time Hong Kong
Also handy for checking the weather:
Just a few of the things one can do with the Google search engine!