1) Use Quotes:
Usually, when you type the search term without quotes then Google will look for the pages containing any of the word in the search term. Say for example, if you type “anthem of India” without quotes, then Google will list out all the WebPages containing the word “anthem” or “India”, but it won’t show the desired search results as we want pages containing the whole term.
Enclosing the search term inside a pair of double quotes will display search results of only the WebPages containing that exact phrase in the same order.
Format: “Search term”
Sample: Suppose, you want to search for the term tech info portal then your query must be: “tech info portal”
2) Also search for similar terms
Putting a Tild(~) symbol right before the search term will perform a search for the synonyms of the term as well. Hence the results will contain WebPages having words similar to the term.
Format: ~search term
Sample: Suppose, if you wish to search the word play, your query looks like: ~play
3) Use wildcard:
The *(asterisk)symbol is called wildcard, that can be placed in the search term where we are not sure about the word. You can replace * with any word in your search term whether it is the name of a book, a movie, the song lyrics, and likewise.
Format: search * term
Sample: Tom * Jerry, this term provides all the results.
4) Check and correct spellings:
spell: operator will check the term for spelling mistakes and perform search for the correct word automatically.
Format: spell: Search term
Sample: spell: Engineering
5) specific file type:
Sometimes you may want the particular file type related to the search term. If you want only the file with .PDF, .DOCX or .XLS extension, then place the filetype: operator prior to the extension.
Format: filetype: file-extension Search term
Sample: fileType: .docx maths
6) search word definitions
Sometimes it may happen that you want only the definition of the term and nothing else. Then simply place the define: operator prior to the search term, it will serve your purpose providing quick definitions from the WebPages. And more importantly this operator also shows an audio button, clicking on that will give the exact pronunciation this is the most useful feature.
Format: define: Search term
Sample: define: Computer
7) Search for music
The “music” operator gives search results related to music only. Using this operator prior to the song lyrics, or album name will show links to that song to watch and download the song.
Format: music “song lyrics/album name/ movie name”
Example: music “Psy Gangnam Style”
8) Find pages containing search term in their URL
allinurl: operator will search the WebPages containing exactly the particular search term in their URL.
There is another operator inurl that does the same function as allinurl but the only difference is that inurl will look only for the URLs containing the first word of the search term, and the remaining words will be searched in the page.
Format: allinurl: search term
Example: allinurl: nanotechnology
9) Find pages containing search term in their title
allintitle: operator will search the WebPages containing exactly the particular search term in their page title.
There is another operator intitle that does the same function as allintitle but the only difference is that intitle will look only for the pages with titles containing the first word of the search term, and the remaining words will be searched in the page.
Format: allintitle: Search term
Sample: allintitle: troubleshooting
10) Use OR:
OR operator displays search results for both the search terms on either side of it. It is best suited if you want to look for both word but separately in different links, or if both the words are similar in meaning. You can also use — (double hyphen) or | (Pipe) symbol instead of OR.
Format: Search term1 OR Search term2
Sample: HeadPhone | mic
11) Use NOT:
This operator excludes the word with – (minus) sign before it from the search term. The pages containing the excluded word will not be shown. This will strongly specify that you don’t want that word to appear anywhere in your search results.
Format: search term –term to be excluded
Sample: Mobile Phones -Keypad
12) Use Google as Calculator:
Type in the search box the whole equation you wish to solve and here you go, it is far easier than using your computer’s calculator because Google will solve the equation and display result at once, instead of having to do it manually performing 1 operation each time.
This is a very fascinating feature of Google , as it have an inbuilt Calculator. You just need to type in the expression.
Format: Mathematical Expression
13) Unit Convertor:
Google have another excellent feature called Unit convertor that is built into it. You need to write down which unit and in what quantity, is to be converted into which one, Google does the necessary unit conversions for you.
Sample: 8$ to rupees
14) Search within a site:
If you are sure that you want to search a term from a particular website then you can restrict your search using site:operator. Then you will be shown the search results from that particular website only.
Format: Search term site: site URL
Sample: news site:thehindu.com
Or you may also use site: operator to find all the website having the same domain names like .com, .org, .edu, .in, .gov and much more.
15) Look for Area code:
If you need to find out from where you have received the call, then simply enter the 3-digit area code from the phone number and you will get the location.
16) Find all the pages linked to a specific URL:
If you want to know which all webpages are linked to a particular site, then use link: operator. This query will show you the links af all the webpages that links to that site.
Format: link: URL
Source: Computer Tips