Although Google isn’t the first search engine that was invented for indexing and search of web pages all over the internet, today it dominates the internet search engine industry.
According to some estimates, more than 85 percent of all the searches that are performed at any time on the internet are done using Google search.
Whether you use a desktop computer or laptop, smartphone or a tablet or any most popular browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, your default search engine is pre-set to Google.
For most internet users, the word Google is synonymous to making a search on the internet.
You often hear people saying, ‘Google this’ or ‘Google that’.
But what makes Google still rank as the most popular search engine on the internet and the most preferred choice among internet users is not just limited to a few factors.
No wonder that Google indexes the highest number of web pages, brings in the most accurate, closely related and again highest number of search results for any keyword based on its indexing and has an excellent response time, there are some other factors that account for its popularity in the modern age of technology.
For most Google search users, it is all about the decade old text input box with two buttons to enable any keyword search.
But for geeks, it is a whole different thing.
Aside from the traditional way of performing any search on it, Google offers functions that can bring out the most modified, refined and filtered results that you otherwise won’t get.
In this article, we look at 25 different search tips and tricks to use on Google search to refine your search results with a totally different spectrum.
25 Ways to modify your Google search results with easy to use search tips and tricks
By making maximum use of the following ways, you can easily get the most desired results from Google search every time you search a keyword.
1. The first impression of the Google Search Engine Results Page or (SERP)
Let’s start with the most obvious options and set of menus that you get to see on the Google Search Engine Results Page or SERP.
On the search bar, you often see a microphone icon which means you can also generate search results by voice commands instead of typing as well.
Below it is a complete menu.
By default, Google search will display the websites related to your keyword under the section of ‘All’.
On the left of this section, are other most used search result classifications such as News, Images, Videos, and More for additional classifications.
At some distance from these options, you see the ‘Settings’ and ‘Tools’ option.
The ‘Settings’ tab as the name suggests, contains options to increase the number of search results by displaying up to 100 search results per page, change the default language, change region to display regional specific search results, view search history, filter explicit content, etc.
The ‘Tools’ option displays the sub-options under each of the different pre-displayed options of ‘All’, ‘News’, etc.
By far, this is the most apparent way to filter your Google search results.
2. Using “OR” command
Based on the literal meaning of the separator ‘OR’, this term in caps can be used to bring separate results for two different terms.
For example: your search term is ‘Football Cricket’. The results for this keyword will show results that contain football and cricket both.
But by inserting the OR in between these two words as in ‘Football OR Cricket’, the search results will contain links to webpages that have either football or cricket but not both.
3. Using “Quotation” Marks
Using “quotation” marks can be most useful for searching exact keywords in the search results.
For example: you search for the topic of this article, ‘Search Tips and Tricks to Use on Google Search’.
Google search results for this term will bring results that either have the exact search term or other similar terms formed by the combinations of the individual words in the original search keyword.
Your search results will include ‘tricks and tips to use on Google search, Google search tips and tricks, tips and tricks for searching on Google, etc.’.
This usually happens when you use long tail keywords.
But aside from this, it makes the search results confusing and hard to understand especially if your keyword was intended to search for any technical term or jargon.
So what should you do?
You use “Quotation” marks for writing your search term and the end search results are based on web pages that only contain the exact term and in the sequence you used.
4. Excluding certain terms
It is also possible that you might want search results to exclude certain specific terms.
Such as while searching for any latest games for a gaming console, you might want the Google search to exclude results for any specific gaming console.
To do this, use the minus (-) symbol before the keyword without any space in between the minus (-) sign and the keyword to be excluded from the Google search results.
For example: you search ‘latest football games –Xbox’ to get Google search results about the latest football games for every gaming platform other than Xbox.
5. Searching similar or related websites
Sometimes you need to search for related or similar websites.
For this, just write ‘related: (colon) (space)’ keyword and press enter.
For example: if you want to search for a website similar to AliBaba.com, write ‘relate: Alibaba.com’.
6. Search for specific file types
This mostly helps students and researchers find content in the form of any specific file type for direct download and offline access.
For example, an economics student might type the keyword ‘Great Depression filetype:doc’ for a word document or ‘Great Depression filetype:pdf’ for an acrobat reader file type.
7. Text specific search
If you want to search for any particular term in the text of a webpage, use ‘intext:term’ or ‘allintext:term’ for this.
For example: by writing ‘Ronaldo intext:Euro cup’, Google search will return pages with the word Euro Cup and highlight the name Ronaldo at every place within the document.
In the case of ‘allintext:term’, if you write for example: ‘allintext:Dubai Vacation Packages’, the Google search results will show page results whose text contain all of the three words i.e. Dubai, Vacation and Packages.
8. Search for web pages of a specific title
Sometimes you often miss any page or delete search history by chance and lose any important previous search details.
However, if you still remember the exact significant portion of the title of that webpage, you can still search for that.
For example: to search for this article page, type ‘intitle:Tips and Tricks to use on Google’ and press enter.
9. Searching within a specific website
You can also search for any specific term within any specific website.
For example: you want to search for any specific type of dress on any specific garment store website.
For this, just type ‘casual two piece for men site:website.com’.
Remember to use a website’s full address and not just its name for this purpose.
Also, avoid any spaces between writing the site, (:) colon and the website address.
10. Google backward image search
With Google search, you can also perform reverse image search as well.
It often happens that you want to find some person’s social media profile but have no details except their photo.
You can upload this photo in Google reverse image function and search for the web pages where the same or similar photos appear.
This feature of Google reverse image search is also useful when finding web pages that are unofficially and without your exclusive permission using any image that you own.
This means that this function can help in finding image copyright breaches.
11. Using Google search as a dictionary
If you do not have any dictionary app installed on your smartphone or computer, you do not need to do it as well.
Just go to Google search bar and type ‘define:word’ and get the full featured dictionary results of any word in detail.
12. Conversion tools
Google search also offers conversion tools for any scientific measurement systems or currency rate conversion, etc.
Just write the name or symbol of the currency or scientific value with ‘to’ in between and it will display its conversion dashboard.
For example: ‘GBP to USD rate’ or ‘km to meter’, etc.
13. Google image search built-in options
With Google search, you can also search for any specific type of image that you want.
You can set the size, color, image type, time to sort between the latest and the oldest uploads, and even image usage rights.
14. Google video search built-in options
Similar to getting your Google image search results filtered as per your criteria, you can also filter Google video search results.
You can modify your Google video search results as per the duration of the video, upload time from most recent to old uploads, video quality, video type, and video source as well.
15. Tracking your shipments
While this may not work for all the internet audience around the world, it still is a significant time saver for those that it covers.
Just type or paste in the shipment tracking number of your parcel into the Google search and press enter.
If this feature is available in your region, the Google search results will display the tracking details of your parcel.
16. Checking your local weather
To check your local weather by using Google search, just type in the term ‘Weather’ in the Google search bar and press enter.
It will show the weather forecast based on your device’s current location.
17. Search for weekly available flights to and from any destination
If you want to know the flight schedule between any two cities, just type in the city names in the Google search bar followed with the term ‘flights’ at the end.
This will return with all the weekly flight schedules between those two cities and which airlines fly them.
If you are a frequent traveler and know the IATA codes of the cities, just type in those with ‘to’ in between and Google search will still return the same results.
18. Using Google search bar as your calculator
You can also use your Google search bar as your calculator.
Just type in any mathematical query and it will return with results. Google search engine can also perform complex mathematical functions as well.
19. Find web pages that link to any specific website domain
If you want to search for web pages that link to any specific website, you can also do this with Google search.
Just type in ‘link:website.com’ and press enter to see the results of all the linked pages.
Again remember to write the complete domain name with extension as not writing it completely will be taken as a general word by the Google search engine.
20. Checking international time
If you want to know the time of any international destination, you can also check it directly by using Google search engine without visiting any specific website or installing any specific smartphone app.
Just type ‘time (space) country name’, and it will return with the current time of that country.
This becomes highly important especially when you have a meeting with someone in another international destination or you have to attend any live webinar over the internet.
Without bothering your client or your host about the time conversion issues, just use the Google search engine and plan accordingly.
21. Checking Sunset and Sunrise time
Another useful feature of Google search engine is that you can easily check sunset and sunrise time of any destination or for your own local city.
Just type in ‘sunset (space) city name’ or ‘sunrise (space) city name’ and get to know about the sunset or sunrise time of any place.
For example, Muslims all over the world Fast in the Holy Month of Ramadan. The Fasting time starts from just before Sunrise and ends at Sunset each day during this Holy Month.
By using Google search, remembering the Sunset and Sunrise timings no longer remains an issue.
22. Stock prices of shares and different commodities
If you want to know the current stock prices of any commodity that you have invested in or are likely to invest in, you can check that directly from Google search as well.
Just type the code of the commodity followed by the word ‘rate today’ for current day’s trading rates.
By changing the date and day, you can check similar details for other previous trading days as well.
23. Search for any city’s zip codes
If you want to search for any city’s zip or postal codes, you can search that directly from Google search as well.
Just type ‘(city name) postal code’ or ‘(city name) zip code’ and get all the zip or postal codes of any city in your search.
This is extremely helpful when you do not know your postal code and any online ecommerce website asks you for it to calculate your shipping charges.
24. Search suggestions
Even if you do not know the complete search term, just start writing in the Google search bar.
It will automatically start showing you search suggestions based on similar searches.
It will also suggest completing your words automatically so that you proceed on to the next word or press enter to view the results.
25. Don’t worry for the spelling mistakes
If you have the habit of typing in fast while not being able to avoid any typing errors, do not worry about that as well.
It is also possible that you may not know the correct spelling. Don’t worry about this as well.
Just type what you have in mind and the Google search will take care of the rest on its own.
For any wrong typing, it will itself suggest the corrected version by displaying it with its ‘Did you mean?’ function.
Many people, who aren’t aware of the many possible ways to carry out any keyword search on Google, are usually stuck with trying new keywords till they finally give up.
The way Google displays the search results for any keyword is based on its complex algorithms and content ranking practices that involve search engine optimization.
Of course as an end user, you have no control over the technical side which means even if you used the most correct keyword, your desired web page might be lying somewhere deep in the search results.
And given the normal behavior of most search engine users, it would be a rare case if some ordinary user proceeds over to page 2 of the search results.
Most users rely on changing keywords, not knowing that there is a better way of using the same keywords and getting the exact thing.