Who hasn’t used Google Search? And who hasn’t ever wished to have the power to eliminate half of the useless results? Before you search for ‘How to delete undesirable Google results’, keep reading to find out how you can clean up your Google searches and save time.
Google search is the preferred tool among Internet users. It tracks an average of 4,717,000,000 queries per day and sends more than 80% of all traffic to websites around the world. In front of those statistics, we can assume that almost everything that is happening in the Universe can be googled… but, unfortunately, we can’t always find it out quickly and easily.
Don’t underestimate simplicity. That Google Search box offers more features than it seems! Making advanced and professional searches is one of them. Everything you need to do is pick the keyword that defines what you’re searching for and add a Google Command.
Google Commands are quick keys or shortcuts used to narrow down your search and get closer results to your query. As with KeyRocket shortcuts, the only thing you need to use is the keyboard. By using some of these Google Search Commands, you will be able to find what you are looking for in half of the time. Searching like a pro.
1. BASIC SEARCH
- Exact expressions: [“keyboard shortcuts”]. Enclose the words you are looking for between quotation marks will give you only the results that contain that exact phrase, and excluding, for example, results only about keyboards.
- Multichoice search: [keyboard hotkeysORshortcuts]. That will return results which contains both keyboard hotkeys and keyboard shortcuts. You can also use the vertical bar | (AltGr or right Alt + 1) to get the same results: [keyboard hotkeys|shortcuts].
- Add and subtract words [iPhone apps +free -games]. You can use the symbols + and – when you want to insist in a word or omit it in the search.
- Include similar words: [windows ~hotkeys]. The modificator symbol ~ (AltGr or right Alt + 4) can be useful when you want to extend the search to other synonyms of the word you are looking for. In the example, you’ll get Windows hotkeys but also Windows shortcuts, Windows shortcuts keys, etc.
- Search a definition: [define:shortcut]. Don’t waste time looking for a dictionary! By typing the command [define:] you will get the meaning, and the pronunciation, instantly.
2. SPECIFIC SEARCH
- Search for a file: [productivity statistics fyletipe:pdf]. If you need to sort your results by type of file, this is the command that you have to use.
- Search for a range date: [dell computers 2010..2012]. To narrow within a period of time.
- Search in one place of the website: [inurl:shortcut] [intitle:shortcut] [inanchor:shortcut] [intext:shortcut]. These commands let you find what you are looking for in a specific place of the site: in the url address of the page, in the text of the title page, in the text of the links (anchor) or only in the main text.
- Based the search only in some sites: [productivity apps site:www.download.com]. That will return only the pages hosted on download.com about productivity apps.
- Make a calculation: [4+2-1*5/3]. Just use the common punctuation to make basic calculations: + to add, – to deduct, * to multiply, / to divide, and then press enter to get the final result.
- Search social tags and trending topics: [@shortcuts] [#shortcuts]. These two symbols, @ and #, let you get quick access to the latest mentions and news of the topic on social networks.
- Search for links: [link:www.keyrocket.com]. Useful for SEO, this command not always gives a complete list of results though. You can employ it when you need to estimate how many backlinks one website has.
3. ALTERNATIVE SEARCHES
- Search based on images. You probably already know Google images search, but maybe you haven’t ever pressed on the camera icon and see what happens! Instead of looking for imagesbased on text, you can upload a picture or just copy its url. You will get more information about that image, a higher resolution of the same one, its original source and similar pictures. Simply awesome!
- Search based on voice. Forget about writing and use your voice to get results even faster. Just press the microphone icon once you are in Google search main page and clear your voice.
- Search graphs from equations. Anytime you need the visual representation of a formula, type [graph for] and then the equation. Google search draws it for you.
- Be careful with spaces when you use commands. You don’t need to put space after colon or any other punctuation, just write the word without space.
- Google Search engine does not give different results if you type either cap or lower cases.