Search ability is a basic quality that most people underestimate. Most people who do programming skills know how to use Google, but they don’t know how to use its potential. In fact, whether it is Google or Baidu, people who can search can find what they need, and people who can’t search can’t use anything to make it. Here are some common Google search techniques and shortcuts that will help you find results faster and more accurately. Google is the most powerful search engine in the world, and it has changed the way we find information.

Use accurate phrases

Quote the keyword you want to search for, and Google will do the exact phrase search.

Syntax: “[searchKey 1] [searchKey 2]” [searchKey 3]

1. Use OR for multiple mutually exclusive search criteria

By default, Google will include all the search terms in your search criteria unless specified. By typing OR into your keyword, Google knows it can look for one group OR the other. A capital OR, OR Google will think it’s just a part of your keyword.

Syntax: [searchkey 1]
OR [searchkey 2]

2. Exclude specified keywords

Eliminate words from Google searches by putting a minus sign in front of them.

Syntax: -[searchkey to exclude] [searchkey to include]

3. Find all the words in the text block

Use Google’s AllInText: syntax to search only the body of the site, ignoring links, URLs, and titles.


4. Look up words in text + title + URL, etc

Find pages with search terms in different locations. That is – in the body of the page, in the title of the page, in the URL, etc. To do this, use intext: before your keyword.


5. Title search (single keyword)

Search for one word in the title of the page, and then search for another word elsewhere on the page. To do this, you need to mix intitle: into your search query.

Syntax: [searchKeys 1]
intitle:[searchkeys 2]

6. Title search (multiple keywords)

Search for all the keywords in the query in the page title, using allintitle: before our search term.

allintitle:[searchkey1 searchkey2]

7. Search in the URL

Using allinURL makes it easy to search for keywords in URLs.


8. Search within the specified website

Search for words within the site – use the site: syntax before the site URL, followed by your search term. This will limit the search results to that site only.

site:[website URL] [searchkeys]

9. Google search definitions

Easily find the definition of a word by using define before the word, without having to visit the dictionary website. Google will provide the definition and an audio player to provide the phonetic pronunciation of the word.


10. Google wildcards (missing or unknown words)

Didn’t think of all the words? Adding a * tells Google to fill in the blanks for you, which is very effective for song lyrics or title searches.

Syntax: [searchKeys 1] * [searchKeys 2]

11. Google searches for file types

When searching for file types (such as PowerPoint, PDF, etc.), use the filetype: command in the search term.

Grammar: [searchkeyword]
filetype:[file type extension]

12. Conversion calculation

Any metric transformation can be done using Google.

convert [data value + unit of measure]
to [like unit of measure]

13. Google Calculator

Enter your results in the search bar and use Google as a calculator. The numeric operators: * for multiplication, + for addition, – for subtraction, and/for division.

Grammar: [number]
[operator] [number]

14. Google image search

Find the name, description, and type of the image.

Grammar: [searchkeyw]
image type