Google has become a large portion of our population’s lifeline. Don’t know something? Google will tell you. Want to learn something? Google will teach you.
You want to find things quickly and efficiently though, and sometimes you struggle to find what you’re looking for. It may sound simple; type what you want to know and it will find it. But not so. Google has tons of tricks you can use to make you a Google searching expert.
Here are some main tips and tricks to make life just a little easier:
- Keep it simple-don’t write a novel in the search box. Instead, write the Coles notes version. Type the most important words that pertain to your search and keep it to a simplified sentence.
- Use quotes if you’re looking for an exact phrase. By putting your text in quotes it will only search for the exact words in the exact order you wrote it. If you don’t put it in quotes, it can pull words from wherever in the text and use them to try and find what you want.
- Use a – symbol in front of a word you don’t want to search. If you’re trying to find something but a topic you don’t want keeps popping up, use this trick.
- If your simple search isn’t yielding a result, gradually add in search terms. Ex. veterinarians. Try: veterinarians in Toronto. Then, small animal veterinarians in Toronto. Slowly break it down to something more specific.
- If you’re trying to find an answer, try searching for it in multiple ways. Everyone thinks slightly differently and so there are many ways to do one thing.
“Email address’ for Sunny corp.” or
“Sunny corp. company email address” or
“Contact info for Sunny corp.”