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Date: 2017-06-11

Google Search's learning curves is an odd one, you use it every day but still, all you know is how to search.

The search engine has plenty of tricks up its sleeve, here are some of the most useful Google Search tricks, from basic tips to new features just recently released: 

1. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase:

This is one of the most well-known tricks, simply search a phrase in quotes. It will yield only pages with the same words in the same order as what is in the quotes. It is one of the most vital search tips, especially useful if you are trying to find result containing specific phrases. 

2. Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words. 

If you want to eliminate results with certain words simply use the "-" sign. So if you want to search for a Jaguar and you do not want to link it with the car, simply add "-car" to your search and re-run the search to get the results you want. 

3. Using an asterisk within quotes to specify unknown or variable words.

This is a lesser known trick; searching a phrase in quotes with an asterisk replacing a word will search all variations of that phrase. It is helpful if you are trying to determine a song from its lyrics, but you could not make out the entire phrase. 

4. Use an "@" in front of a word. 

This trick is very simple and will help search social media platforms if you are looking to follow certain social networks. 

5. Type OR to combine searches

If you are looking for certain combinations on the Internet, type two keywords with OR between the two words, which will combine the search and give you the best results. 

6. Use the "$" sign in your search

This will help you search for prices of a computer, smartphone or anything you need to buy online. 

7. Add two periods in your search

This trick will help you combine a search with a range of numbers, so if you are still searching for the price of certain products simply type in "Computer $400..$800"; this will give you a result of the combined price range. 

8. Using "site:" in your Google Search 

If you really like a certain website, but they do not always pop-up on the first page when you search for them, simply use "site:" in front of your search, it will search the web for your favourite blogs, forums and web services. It is really good for finding free audiobooks, searching for free stuff without spam and more. 

9. Use "related:" if you want to search for related websites. 

By simply adding related: in front of your search for ebay.com, it will return the results of related websites to eBay. 

These are just some of the neat tricks Google has, you can combine all of them to be exact about what you are searching for. Give it a go and watch the video below. 


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