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14 tips to Google like a pro

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Google is one of the most powerful tools, and believe it or not, Googling is one of the most important skills out there. Here are some handy tips to master it.

Tip #1: Search for an exact word or phrase

Use quotes to search for an exact word or phrase.

"what is kubernetes"
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Tip #2: Excluding a word

The minus sign allows you to specify words that shouldnโ€™t appear in your results. Use - to exclude words.

hover over an element -css
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Tip #3: Site search

The site: operator allows you to perform a search within the specified site.

site:geeksforgeeks.org merge sort
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Keep a Domain Out of Search:

Tired of seeing Wikipedia articles on your search results?
Use -site:wikipedia.org before your search term to remove results from that site.

Tip #4: Asterisk(*)

The asterisk is a wildcard that can match any word. Use * for missing words or phrases.

build a todo app with *
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Tip #5: File type

The filetype: operator allows you to search for files specific to a type.
Some available types: pdf, ppt, doc, xls

filetype:pdf how to learn react
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Tip #6: Word definitions

Use the following search trick to find an inline definition:

define:machine learning
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Tip #7: Use ~ to search for a word and all its synonyms

How to increase font-size of paragraph ~tag
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Tip #8: Use OR to perform multiple searches

how to code in C# OR how to program in C#
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Tip #9: Related

Use related to finding sites that are similar to the specified site.

related: udemy.com
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Search for a cached website:

cache:epictutorials.com
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Tip #10: Number range

Use ... to search within a range of numbers

Updated css course 2020...2021
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Tip #11: Time range

javascript after:2021
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javascript before:2019
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Tip #12: +

Using + will return pages that contain both words

JavaScript Oops+React
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Tip #13: AND

Use to get results that must contain some given words.

React AND CSS
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Tip #14: All words In text

If you want to find a web page that includes every word of your search query, you can put allintext: followed by the words and/or phrases you want to search.

allintext: CSS fundamentals like the box model, cascade and specificity
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Bonus tips

Translations

You can use Google search to translate words and phrases from one language to another.

translate perfect to Italian
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Timer

You can pull up a timer within Google by typing an amount of time followed by the word timer.

5 min timer
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Stopwatch

You can also pull up a stopwatch within Google simply by typing stopwatch.
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Further reference:

Google Search Operators: The Complete List (42 Advanced Operators)

Use Google like a pro

Google's Advanced search


Thanks for reading, hope you all enjoyed this post. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks ๐Ÿฅณ

Stay safe and stay happy!

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IchiiP

Just put &lr=-lang_ja in the query parameter to exclude specific languages in Google search!

The above example excludes Japanese.

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Ruphaa Author

Wow! That's cool. Thanks for sharing @ichii731

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ljc-dev

I thought i knew how to Google until i saw this ๐Ÿ˜†. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿค—!!

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Ruphaa Author

Glad you liked it :) Thanks

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qq449245884

Dear Ruphaa๏ผŒmay I translate your all dev articles into Chinese?I would like to share it with more developers in China. I will give the original author and original source.

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Zakaria Bakour

Thanks ๐Ÿค—

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OSCAR P. OGANIZA ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Very nice tips I found here, is it alright to reshare this at oganiza.com? Thank you!

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K Pratibha Kumar • Edited on

So I don't know how to Google all this while.

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Jung Kim

The tilde ~ symbol no longer works in Google. It's been deprecated since June 2013.

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Charlene Strain

The timer is game-changing ๐Ÿคฏ Thanks for sharing these great tips!

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Ruphaa Author

Glad you liked it! Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

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