With today’s advancement in technology and era of high-speed Internet connections, information about anything can now be found virtually.
However, we have to sift through a vast body of knowledge to get the information we need, and this can take hours rather than minutes. That is why oddmenot.com has gathered the most effective methods for searching Google to help you find the one you’re looking for in just a couple of clicks.
- Either this or that
Sometimes we’re not sure that we’ve correctly remembered the information or the name we need to start our search. Simply put in a few potential variations of what you’re looking for, and separate them by typing the “|” symbol. Instead of this symbol, you can also use “or.” Then it’s easy enough to choose the result that makes the most sense.
- Searching using synonyms
Our language is rich in synonyms, and this can be very convenient when doing research online. If you need to find websites on a given subject rather than those that include a specific phrase, add the “~” symbol to your search.
If you search for the term “healthy ~food”, for instance, you’ll get results about the principles of healthy eating, cooking recipes, and healthy dining options.
- Searching within websites
There are interesting articles in the web that you probably have read, and you just find yourself subsequently wanting to share it with your friends or simply reread it. The easiest way to find the desired piece of information again is to search within the website. Just type the address of the site, then a key word or entire phrase from the article, and it should come up immediately.
- The power of the asterisk
There will always be a time when our cunning memory decides to prevent us from recalling that one key word, phrase, or number we need in order to find what we’re looking for. So, all we need to do is turn to the powerful “*” symbol. Using this in the place of the word/phrase you can’t remember will help you find the results you’re looking for.
- When lots of words are missing
This time, when it’s the lengthier half of the phrase you can’t remember rather than a single key word, try writing out the first and last words and putting “AROUND + (the approximate number of missing words)” between them. For example, “I wandered AROUND(4) cloud.”
- Using a time frame
Sometimes we urgently need to instill in our minds the events that occurred during a certain period of time. To do it, you can add a time frame to your search query with the help of three dots between the dates. For example, if we want to find out about scientific discoveries during the 20th century, we can write:
- Searching for a title or URL
In order for you to find the key words and name of an article, type “intitle:” before the search term, without any spaces between them. To find the words from a URL, use “inurl:”.
- Finding similar websites
We tend to find something we really like online, and we just want to find similar websites. So, to do this, type in “related:” and then the address of the site, again without a space between them.
- Whole phrases
The simplest and most effective way to find something specific and in the exact order you typed it in is to frame the search term within quotation marks.
For example, if you type in the words I’m picking up good vibrations without quotation marks, it will show the results where these words appear in any order on a website, as opposed to the specific order in which you typed them.
On the other hand, if you type “I’m picking up good vibrations” within quotation marks, you’ll get only those results where these words appear only in the order you typed them in. This is a great way to find the lyrics to a song when you only know one line from it.
- Unimportant search words
Some words from your query are not important so to remove such search words, simply write a minus symbol before each one. For example, if you want to find a site about interesting books, but you aren’t looking to buy them, you can write the following:
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