So we all know that Google search is awesome. The algorithm behind their search engine is fantastic! but did you know there are hacks to make your search more efficient? Well there are! Check out these cool tricks to make your search results more relevant to what you are searching for.
To search an exact term, put quotes around your text.
Exclude a Word/Term
To exclude a word from your search, put a minus sign in front of it, to exclude an exact term, put quotes around the term with the minus sign in front of it.
Search Within a Site
To search within a specific site, enter site:Domain.com in the search box. Great use case for this is when you want to search the Salesforce sites, either site:help.salesforce.com or site:developer.salesforce.com. Your search results will only come from the site you are searching. I’ve really struggled with the Salesforce search, but with google, I can find what I’m looking for easily, 98% of the time.
If you don’t know the term that comes next in the phrase you are searching for, you can add an asterisk and it works like a Wildcard for you.
Use operators like AND and OR with your search phrase to help narrow down your results
If you want to find a site similar to a site you have seen, you can find those similar sites by using related:website.com. Sites that have similar content will show up.
Find Links to a Page
If you want to find out how many sites link to a page, you can do that too! Search for link:page.com and find all the pages that link to that specific page. Pretty snazzy!
Search only Titles
Want to narrow your search results to only search the titles on pages? You can do that with intitle:text.
All Text on the Page
If you want to search for all terms in your search text in the body of a page inalltext:search terms here.
Words in URL
Find pages with the search term in the URL, allinURL:
Words in Anchor
If you use the allinanchor:keyword, your search results are pages with all the terms in your search in the anchor of the page.
Search a Type of File
Looking for a specific file type? You can do that too! enter what you are looking for and filetype:suffix to find pages with files of that type with the search terms you are looking for. Mix and match with the other search hacks to narrow down your results.
Find Website Info
Enter info:URL and find the website info for the site you enter the URL for. Great when you need to cite something you found online.
Not everything in google is just searching for Salesforce stuff, If you’re like me, you use Google for everything. It’s my go to site for whatever I do when I need to find things and when I need to use tools. Here are some other ways you can use Google.
Enter time followed by where you want the time for and google will show you what time it is there.
Enter Tip Calculator into your search bar and you’ll get a full on tip calculator! Great when you need to figure out how much to leave for that fantabulous waiter/waitress that you had.
Convert your USD to Euros, your Feet to Meters, Pounds to Ounces, or whatever!! Google is great for quick conversions that let you share your measurements with the Ohana worldwide, or when you are traveling, to see if that dress is really worth the amount on the tag in your currency.
Solve Math Problems
Solve easy or complex math problems with Google. Just remember * is used to multiply and / is used to divide.
You can translate with google easy peasy, just enter the text you need to translate with translate to and the language you want to translate it to. Viola! You’ll have your translation.
Search Newspaper Archives
Dictionaries are so 1995, just enter the word you want the definition of into google and it will tell you everything you need to know.
Find Your IP Address
Just enter What’s my IP Address into Google and it will tell you your public IP address
Search Near By
What to know what’s in your area? Google can help you with that! Search for whatever you are trying to find followed by ‘near me’ to see what is in your local area.
Track a Package
If you enter your UPS or FedEx tracking number into the search, you can track your packages
Enter your flight number and the airline and find out about your flights
Enter “Set a timer for X minutes” and google will set a timer for you. Just don’t close the window or you’ll lose the timer. You can toggle to the stopwatch or just enter ‘Stopwatch’ into your google search bar for the stopwatch.
Enter your city and then Sunrise or Sunset and find out what the exact time of the sunrise or sunset is
Enter a zip code or city and the weather and google will tell you what the weather is for the location.
Enter the name of your show followed by the word episodes and find out what episodes are out and coming out and their air date.
Movie Release & Times
if you want to find out when a movie will be released, enter the name of the movie. If it’s already out, you’ll see when it’s playing near you. As you can see from the search results, you don’t need to be exact in your title
Songs by a Band
Find all the songs by your favorite band by searching for the band name followed by songs.
Books by an Author
Want to know what books your favorite author has out? Find them by searching for books my their name
Movies an Actor is In
See what movies an actor is in by searching for their name and movies. So easy…
Do a Barrel Roll
If you tell google to do a barrel roll, it will! Watch the results rollover right before your eyes, like magic!
If you type tilt into google, it tilts just a little bit to the right
Just type in PacMan and you’ll have the option to play the game!
Check out the 0s falling from the sky as they land on your results and push them down by entering Zerg Rush
Etymology of Words
Put etymology after the word you are searching for to see a chart of the etymology.
Calories in Foods
Find out how many calories are in a food by simply entering calories in then the name of the food.
Want to go back to when it was a simpler time for Googling? Easy peasy, enter Google in 1998 in your search bar and viola, you have retro Google!
Public Data for Any Location
You can search for public data about anywhere by entering the statistic you want to find and the place you want to find it for.
Search a Numerical Range
Separate numbers by two periods and you’ll see results that fall within that range.
Cache Copy of Site
If your site is blocked or no longer available, or maybe they changed the page, you can find your cached version by searching for “cache:website address”. It’s pretty cool when you KNOW you saw something on that page before. FYI if you cleared your cache, you can’t see the cached version.
So those are just a few tricks with Google Search. There are so many more out there, hopefully at least one of these was new to you and lets you use Google in a new, more efficient way. Do you have any Google Search hacks that you use that aren’t listed? If so, please add your hack to the comments to share with others so we can all benefit from the awesomeness that is Google.