Google is one of the most popular search engines and for good reason. However, finding useful results can be frustrating.
Fortunately, there are some Google search shortcuts which can help generate the results you are looking for. Here are five tips to get better Google search results:
If you’re looking for more specific results, you need to use symbols in your search. Adding a ‘+’ symbol in front of a word will emphasise the word, whereas adding a ‘-‘ symbol in front of a word will omit it. Using the ‘#’ or ‘@’ symbol is useful for finding trending news.
Using quotation marks in your search will indicate to Google to prioritise the words in those quotation marks and find the exact phrase.
Do a multi-search
You can search for two queries at once by using the word OR in between each query.
Search for a file
Google makes it easy to search for a particular file type such as a PDF or a PowerPoint by using this formula “filetype:PDF,” “filetype:ppt,” etc.
Use a date range
If you are looking for information in a certain date range, you can search for this by using the ‘Tools’ option under the search bar. Under ‘Tools’, you can select the ‘Any Time’ button which reveals a drop down menu allowing you to select times such as ‘Past 24 Hours’ or custom dates.