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2014 Google Search Tips & Tricks: How to Search like a Pro Using Google

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google homepage featuring olympic skating games

About 80% of users start Surfing the web by using the search engine Google to type the phrases of whoever information they want to search or look up information.

Performing basic search using Google is one thing, but Performing search like a Pro is another new interesting world, which lets you find what you are looking for easily and in short time.

With these Google tips and tricks, you will be able to search Google like a pro and find what you need in the shortest time possible, be it specific websites, names of people and much more.

From now on, you will be able to search Google, and any other search engine like a Pro. Lets get started.

10 Pro Tips & Tricks for performing A Google Search

1.    Find an Explicit phrase

This is applicable when you want to search for a specific item, such as names of people or place. Example: Typing Steve Jobs to the search engine will result in mixed separate results having both Steve and Jobs as either first or last names.

To find the two word together, you simply enclose the search phrase with double quotes “ “.

Example for Explicit Phrase: “Steve Jobs”

2.    Site Specific Search

google search tips and tricks : performing a site specific search using google
performing a site specific search using google

If you would like to search a Specific website for keywords or content that match a certain phrase then you can easily use Google to search the site in question.

Here, you can use the phrase “Keyword” site: namesite.com

Example of Site Specific Search: “Free kindle EBooks” site:www.amazon.com

3.    Exclude Certain Keywords/Sites

Very often, you may word to exclude results that include a certain keyword and/or sitename from your search.

To easily perform this, you add the minus “-“ sign in front of the word/site you would like excluded.

Example of Keyword/Sites Exclusion search: free music -Pandora

4.    Find Similar Words and Synonyms

This is a nice one.

If you would like to include a specific word in your search results, including results that contain synonyms (words of similar meanings), or similar words then you can simply use the  tilde “~” sign in front of that word.

Example of Word and Synonyms Search: Online jobs ~California

5.    Find Specific document types (pdf, ppt, etc)

To find specific file types such as Pdfs, powerpoint documents (ppt) , excel (xlsk) and much more, just use the modifier “filetype:” in your Google search.

Example of Document Specific Search: “Computer operating system notes” filetype:ppt

6.    This word OR that WORD

If you want one word, OR another word to be used when performing a Google search, then you can use the OR operator, it should be Capitalized.

Example of Using OR in search: Nice Atlanta hotels OR nice new york hotels

7.    Area Code Lookup

Interested to know where a specific area code represents? Simply type the 3-digit area code and Google search will tell you where it is.

Example of Area code Lookup: 254

8.    Calculator

google tips and tricks, use google to perform calculations
using google site to perform calculations

You can perform quick calculations in Google search just by typing in the expression of whatever mathematical result you would want.

Example of Calculation Search: 500 * 0.005






9.     Find Word Definitions

To find definitions of words or phrases, simply use the “define:” operator and Google search will do the rest for you.

Example of Word Definition search: define: Internet


For more Internet tips and tricks, please take a look at the popular post How to Download YouTube videos the easy way which i had earlier written.

Head over to Google and start searching like a PRO.


Learning tips and tricks on how to perform an effective Google search will help you easily  get what you want, when you want and in the shortest time possible.

Are there any Google search tips and tricks left out from the list above, please feel free to let me know in the comments section below.


About Melvin Kipchumba

I am both a student and a technology enthusiast who likes to discover new Technology trends , gadgets, tips and tricks of getting stuff done on the internet and most importantly i love computers.

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