How to use Google like a Computer Geek and get results Fast and Easy

There was a time I use to spend a lot of time on Google searching for
something and sometimes, I won’t find exactly what I was looking for
or before I will find it, I must have wasted a lot of time.
I know a lot of people still face this problem. A lot of people get
frustrated because they can’t find what they are looking for. You
don’t have to be. Google doesn’t have all the answers to your
questions, but understanding how Google and other search engines
work and learning some search tricks can help save you a lot of time
while still finding exactly what you are looking for.
So how does Google and other search engines work?
When you enter a phrase in Google search for instance, Google
crawls the entire web looking for websites that contain the same or
similar keywords and then displays them (according to the ones it
considered to be the most relevant and safest) for you as a result.
As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, Google looks for keywords
and not every word in you question or phrase.
Keywords here simply means the words that Google considers to be
the most important.
There are some words that Google and search engines in general
ignore when searching for your query unless you typed only these
words. These words are known as stop words and they include words
like on, is, was, a, etc. You might consider not including those words
when next you want to search on Google since it will ignore them
#1. Type only the keyword (the words you consider to be the most
important). Since Google will ignore the stop words, why bother
including them in your search query?
For example, instead of searching “my laptop screen turn black after
booting how do I fix that?” , you can simply search “laptop black
screen solution”. Remember Google is a robot not a human being.
#2. Use quotation marks to find the websites that contains exactly
the words you are looking for. When you put your search query in
quotation marks, Google will only bring out websites that contains the
exact same phrase the exact way you typed it.
The image below shows an example.
#3. Use asterisk (*) to search for popular quotes or phrases that you
can’t remember some of its word. An example is if you want to
search for the statement “the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog”
but can’t remember the whole statement, you can put the words you
remember in asterisk and Google will do the rest.
#4. Adding hyphen (-) before a word tells Google to exclude the word
while crawling for results.
A typical example is when you search for the word “jaguar”, Google
will show you result for Jaguar cars, but that might not be the type of
jaguar you have in mind.
To exclude Jaguar cars from the result in this scenario, simply type
jaguar -cars in the search box. Be mindful not to leave a space
between the hyphen and the word.
#5. Use double period (..) to search for range. For example, if you
want to search for laptops between the range of 60k to 80k in
Nigeria, you simply type laptops N60k..N80k.
#6. Using colon (:)
a. To get result only from a specific website, use the following
format. site:site URL keyword. An example is shown in the image
b. To find websites relating to a particular website, use the following
format; related:site URL . An example is shown in the image below.
c. To get information about a particular website, use the following
format; info:site URL . Here is an example.
d. To get results for only a specific type of file, use the filetype
operator in the following format; filetype:file_format keyword. For
example, filetype:mp3 make it shine by victorious.
Observe that there is no space between the colon and the preceding
#7. If you want to get the meaning of a word, simply type define
before the word.
#8. Do you know that you can search for an image by dragging and
dropping the image into Google image search box?
#9. If you want to limit search result to a specific time period, click
on “search tool” button, then click on “Any time” and select the time
period you want.
You can also select a custom time range by clicking on the “Custom
range…” and put your custom time period.
#10. You can quickly convert units by typing it in the search box. 
#11. To find the weather condition of a particular city or place,
simply type the weather followed by the city name. An example is
shown in the image below.
#12. Do you know that you can find the customer service contact
info of a company by simply typing customer service followed by the
company name?
Related: 4 Easy Methods To Make Your Chrome Browser Faster
Hope that these tips helps you get exactly what you are looking for
faster on Google.
If there is any other trick you know, share with us using the comment
box below.

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