Here’s an overview of 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 one’s a well-known, simple trick: searching a phrase in quotes willyield only pages with the same words in the same order as what’s in the quotes’.


2. Use an asterisk within quotes to specify unknownor variable words


Here’s a lesser known trick: searching a phrase in quotes with an asteriskreplacing a word will search all variations of that phrase. It’s helpful if you’re trying to determine a song from its lyrics, but you couldn’t make outthe entire phrase (e.g. “imagine all the * living for today”), or if you’retrying to find all forms of an expression (e.g. “* is thicker than water”).


3. Use the minus sign to eliminateresults containing certain words


You’ll want to eliminate results with certain words if you’re trying tosearch for a term that’s generating a lot of results that aren’t of interest toyou. Figure out what terms you’re not interested in (e.g. jaguar -car) andre-run the search’.


4. Search websites for keywords


Think of the “site:” function as a Google search that searches only aparticular website. If you want to see every time TIME.com mentioned Google,use the search “Google site:TIME.com”.

如果你想用谷哥搜索某个特定的网站,你可以在关键词前加上Googlesite,例如,你想搜索新浪,你可以搜“Google site:新浪.com”。

5. Search news archives going back to the mid-1880s


Google News has an option to search over 100 years’ worth of archived news fromnewspapers around the world.


6. Compare foods using “vs”


Can’t decide between a burger or pizza for dinner? Type in “rice vs.quinoa,” for example, and you’ll receive side-by-side comparisons of thenutritional facts.


7. Filter search results for recipes


If you search your favorite food, and then click “Search Tools” rightunder the search bar, you’ll be able to filter recipes based on ingredients,cook time and calories.

如果你想搜索你最喜爱的食物,你可以选择输入下面的“Search Tools”图标,然后你就可通过输入你想要食材、烹饪时间和卡路里来搜到你需要的菜谱。

8. Use “DEFINE:” to learn the meaning ofwords—slang included


Streamline the dictionary process by using, for example, “DEFINE: mortgage。”For words that appear in the dictionary, you’ll be able to see etymology and agraph of its use over time alongside the definition. Google will even sift theweb to define slang words or acronyms. Try out “DEFINE: bae” or “DEFINE: SMH”.

如果你想要顺利搜出某个词的词义,你可以在词前加上“DEFINE”,例如“DEFINE:mortgage”,然后这个词的词义、词源和用法都会显示出来。谷哥甚至可以搜索俚语和缩写词,试试“DEFINE:bae” 或者“DEFINE: SMH”。

9. Tilt your screen bysearching “tilt”


This is one of the fun additions built in by Google engineers. Try it outyourself (search without quotes).


10. Play Atari Breakout bysearching it on Google Images

在谷哥图片上玩Atari Breakout(打砖块)

The legendary brick breaker game is available for easy access on Google. Justsearch “Atari Breakout” (without quotes) on Google Images and enjoy.

在谷哥上,你就可以玩这款经典的打砖头游戏,只要在谷哥图片中搜索“Atari Breakout”就OK了。

11. Searchimages using images


Ever come across a photo that looks strangely familiar? Or if you want toknow where it came from? If you save the image, and then search it on GoogleImages (with the camera button), you’ll be able to see similar images on theweb。


12. Pressthe mic icon on Google’s search bar, and say “flip a coin” or “heads or tails”


The feature released last month lets Google flip a coin for you when youdon’t have one on hand.


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