Use Google like a pro using these shortcuts
March 8, 2020

Think you know how to use Google? Think again.

Google is undoubtedly the most famous search engine of all time. It’s so famous that even the word ‘google’ has been officially recognized as a verb (i.e. ‘to google). But using Google doesn’t just mean entering random keywords to find what you’re looking for. 

In fact, Google has some neat tricks to make searching more efficient and we’re here to teach you some of them. Have a look at some of the shortcuts that you need to know when using Google:

Quotation Marks – Adding quotation marks in your search means you want to search for the exact word. Normally Google scours the interwebs for any of the keywords that you enter, but using quotation marks will force Google to search for everything inside the quotations.

Dashes – Adding a dash means you want to eliminate a term from your search. So if you want to search for mobile phones and exclude a certain brand like Xiaomi, you can write it as smartphone -vivo.

Tilde – Adding a tilde on your search will include synonyms to the search term. For example, searching for dance ~classes will show results not just for dance but also for classes, lessons, etc.

Site – Using this specific query will allow Google to search within a specific website. For example, typing Apple means you want to search for anything Apple-related on that website.

Vertical Bar – Using a vertical bar on a search website that has one, two or all of the terms you’ve entered. For example, typing blue | shirt | button will show results on the related terms on that particular website.

Two periods – This means that you can add a date range on a particular search. Typing horror movies 2010.. 2020 means you want to look for horror movies shown between 2010 and 2020.

Got any more useful tips that weren’t included? Let us know in the comments!

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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