10 Best ways to Setup Google Search to help you find what you’re looking for
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Google Search at times throws up search results which may not be satisfying. To enable you to get accurate search results keeping your privacy in mind there are a number of options to set up Google Search. In this article, we will discuss these tricks that will make your job easy.

  1. Use to Date to Filter search results 

When you choose to filter search results by the date you get the ability to get results based on that criteria. For instance, you can opt to look for search results only for a particular period or say past five years. This ensures you get a clear search result for what you are looking for. 

You can achieve this by tapping on Tools, clicking on Any Time, and clicking on the Custom range.

A Custom date range box pops up, along with a calendar. Enter the desired start and end dates. This will filter the results and ensure you don’t get a single search result outside these time boundaries. Once done, hit Go.

  1. Exclude unwanted keywords 

Excluding unwanted keywords can help you as it eliminates unwanted information showing up in search results. 

You can exclude a word by placing a (-) sign in front of the word you don’t want. While (+) sign to stress the word is important. 

  1. Search for files

Entering the filetype: at the beginning of your search when looking for a spreadsheet, PDF, or another document can be helpful. If you are looking for PDF file type filetype:pdf in the search, along with your keyword.

Similarly for Excel spreadsheet type filetype:xlsx along with your keyword into the search field enabling you to find anything publicly available is just a few clicks away.

  1. Use Advanced Search

Advanced search can be beneficial over the regular search on Google. This feature enables skilled researchers to use these advanced search functions to refine their search results. Advanced search helps you find websites with specific words, precise phrases, numbers, languages, and regions, among other parameters.

To enable this go to Settings below and look for Advanced Search. The multiple fields available there allow you to filter your searches in any number of ways.

Google Advanced Search enables you to find something on a particular website which the regular function lacks. If you are looking for media you can search by image size or aspect ratio, color, search by site, or even filter results by usage rights.

  1. Quick search methods

Advance Search is not the only filter you can use, there are a number of shortcuts for regular searches. If you are looking for an exact word or phrase, add quotation marks to the word or phrase (e.g., “The Rumble”).

In case you want to search a site, place the site: directly in front of the URL, follow it with your search term. For example site:technoidhost.com “google” Similarly you can also use this method for related content (related:).

You can add # in front to search hashtags and @ in front of a word to search social media. Likewise use * in place of an unknown word or a placeholder. Additionally, you can also search within a range of numbers like this: 2002..2018.

  1. Stay up to date

Google also offers you the latest updates about today’s weather for your location. Type weather and you get a detailed daily forecast along with outlooks for the coming days. If you want to know the forecast for New York simply type “weather in New York” or any other point on the map, and you’ll receive a detailed meteorological update.

  1. Countdown

The countdown can prove to be handy especially in the kitchen. Type “timer” in Google and it brings up a default countdown clock of five minutes. You can choose to change the duration. You can do this by clicking or a tap on the upper tab to transform it into a stopwatch.

  1. Origins of a word

Google is used by many users as a dictionary, type a word, and then “definition” into the search engine. Additionally, Google also serves up synonyms, antonyms, and (often) the word’s etymology, ie. the origins of a word.

So when you type “night” it comes up with the word “neaht” from Old English. If you are a fan of lingual games this is certainly something you will love. 

  1. Handy translator

Google acts as your handy translator, simply choose the language you want to translate and search for any word or phrase. Google Translate offers translation for more than 100 languages across the globe. 

  1. Run two searches simultaneously

To search for the terms “Paris” and “History of Aviation” we choose to go for one search at a time. Instead, we can run two searches simultaneously by combining the searches. To do this add your search terms and separate them by “and” or “or.”

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