Everyone over the age of three knows that you can add inverted commas to make Google search for an exact phrase – but there are some tricks known only to elite Google Ninjas.
Whether you’re searching for images, news stories or very specific pages, the tricks below will help you home in on what you need…
Make Google search for ALL the words – without using inverted commas
If you use the term ‘allintext’, Google will ONLY return results with all your search terms, but without forcing Google to find them in order, as happens when you use inverted commas.
For instance, Google ‘allintext: metro google year in search’ and your results will home in our articles on Google’s top search terms of the year.
Search for bargains
If you’re looking for products at a certain price, add two full stops to make Google search for a range of numbers.
Search, for instance, ‘iPad £100..£200′ to search for products between those prices.
Home in on news stories
If you want to find a news story from a particular place – say a man has bitten a dog in Reading, search ‘location:reading man bites dog’.
Want to find sites similar to ones you like? Google has your back
Just search ‘related:waitrose’, for instance, to bring up other retailers in the same field, and related information pages.
Thin out results you don’t want
If you’re returning a lot of results you don’t want, you can exclude ones with a specific search term by adding it with a minus sign in front – for instance ‘windows -microsoft’, which brings up local businesses dealing in the old, glass sort of window.
Search through 100 years of news
You can search Google News’s archive of up to 100 years of news by visiting the Search Tools page and Archives.
The amount of archive news available varies by source, but some offer up to 100 years.
Search just one site, not the whole internet
Search ‘site:metro.co.uk’ if you want to Google search for pages within Metro.
You can, of course, substitute other sites if you need.
Not sure what a word means? Not a problem
Google’s usually quite good at coming up with dictionary definitions – but if you need to know right now, just Google ‘define:shibboleth’, for instance, and Google will bring up definitions.
Want to find specific headlines?
Google ‘allintitle: Google year in search’ to find pages with all those words in the page title.
Put the terms in inverted commas and you can home in on specific search terms.
Search for MP3 files or PDFs
If you’re looking for music, photos or documents, you can ask Google to search just for those using the search filetype:mp3 for example.
So if you’re searching for pictures, try filetype:jpg, for instance – or if you’re looking for documents, try filetype:pdf.
Want to see how Google looked like in 1998?
Just Google ‘Google in 1998′, and your results page will look like it would have way back when…