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Google Crash Course: Become a Google PhD in Five Minutes or Less

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Ever wonder how some people can always find what they're looking for in Google without much effort? In a very short period of time, you can be one of those enviable people as well. This informative infographic will show you the basic Google search shortcuts that will effectively streamline your queries, getting the information you need with a bare minimum of effort.

Included in this slideshow are the following topics:

  • Search is always case-insensitive; in other words, you don't have to worry about capitalizing anything. Punctuation and special characters are usually ignored.
  • Synonyms are automatically included. If you want Google to find a precise word, put double quotes around it.
  • Quotation marks around a phrase will insure that the phrase is searched for in that exact word order.
  • Webpages aren't the only kind of file you can find. Using the "filetype" search operator will help you track down all sorts of interesting documents.
  • The tilde symbol will tell Google to find similar words. The asterisk functions as a wildcard, and will automatically look for the best matches. The minus sign can exclude both words and websites.
  • Using the "related" search operator will help you find related websites.
  • You can search just one website with the "site:" search operator.
  • Using three periods ("...") between numbers shows results for numbers in that range.
  • A minus sign before a word or phrase tells Google you don't want pages that contain that word in your results.
  • The word "OR" will get you results about two different things, and those things only.
  • The "intitle" search operator only searches Web page titles containing whatever search term you're looking for.
  • "Inurl" looks only within the Web address of a page.
  • If you want to see how many pages of a site are actually within Google's index, use "site:mywebsite.com".
  • Google Scholar allows you to search by author ("author:").
  • Get a definition with "define".
  • See the time anywhere in the world with "time:location".
  • Convert units of measurement; this includes length, mass, time, temperature, currency, etc.
  • Check on stock information for specific ticker symbols with the "stocks" modifier.
  • Look up the weather all over the globe with "weather:location".
  • Google can calculate math problems - including very complex, higher math.
  • Enter in airport codes, and you'll see the latest flight prices.
  • Reverse search images by dragging a photo in the search bar, or click on the camera icon and upload a picture from your computer.

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