How to use Google Search effectively

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Today on How to section, we are discussing the ways of using Google Search effectively. Google Search is pretty good at finding what you are looking for these days, but sometimes they still come up short which makes you to use other search engines (we’ll discuss about other search engines some other time). For this case, there are few little tips and tricks which come handy and help us to use Google Search effectively. So here are some tips for better googling-

Exact phrase

The simplest and most effective way to search for something specific is to use quote marks “…” around a phrase or name.

Exclude terms

If you are not getting what you need then you can specifically exclude certain words using the minus sign.

Asterisk wildcard


Searching a phrase in quotes with an asterisk replacing a word will search all variations of that phrase. It’s helpful if you’re trying to determine a song from its lyrics, but you couldn’t make out the entire phrase.

Searching between two values

Searching for something with a qualifier between two ranges is a good way of answering questions. For instance, if you’re looking for the who were the Nepali prime ministers between 1920 and 1950 a search using Nepali prime minister 1920.. 1950 will bring up results with dates ranging between 1920 and 1950.

Search for the related sites

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The related qualifier is useful for finding similar sites. Searching for  for instance, will bring up the websites of other news organizations that Google deems the most similar to the ABC.



You can put define: in front of the word that you want the definition of.



For quick math problems, don’t worry about opening your calculator app. Just type the equation into Google using +, -, *, / and parentheses for basic functions.

Unit Converter


Just type what you are looking for in a sentence with the units you have and want.

Some other tips and fun tricks are listed below in the table. Use without the quote marks.

Function Execution
To set a timer Enter “set timer for” followed by the desired amount of time
To check the weather for a specific area Enter “weather” followed by a zip code or city
To look up the time for a specific region Enter “time” followed by the particular region
To look up your IP address Enter “my ip address” in the search bar
To roll a six-sided die Enter “roll a dice” in the search bar
To compare between foods Use “vs” between two foods
Play Atari Breakout by searching it on Google Images Just search “Atari Breakout” on Google Images