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Google has been with us for more than two decades and there are still those who do not know how to get the most out of it.
And it is that the most famous search engine on the internet hides several secrets that only the smartest know.
Several of these tricks could save you a lot of search time and locate exactly what you want to find in a matter of seconds.
Do you want to learn some of them?
Here we offer you eight tricks on the day that Google celebrates its 23rd birthday.
1. “The power of quotation marks”
If you add quotes to a sentence, Google will find you exactly what you type and in that same order.
Thus, it will exclude results that include only some of the words in the sentence.
For example, if you search “Crisis in Venezuela“, Google will take you exactly to the results that contain that phrase and will not offer you those that include “crisis” O “Venezuela” in another context.
2. A guideOn (-) to omit results
If you add a simple “-” immediately before a word, Google will exclude that term from any of the results.
For example, if you are interested in health-related topics but are somewhat fed up with the news about the coronavirus, just write health -coronavirus in the search engine to get the information that interests you and avoid the one that bores you.
You must add the hyphen without spaces immediately before the word that you want Google to exclude from the results.
3. Colon to find intervals (..)
If you want to search for films of James Bond, the famous British agent 007, but that will be released between 2008 and 2012, just type in Google James Bond 2008..2012.
You can also do it with prices.
If you want a new computer that costs between $ 200 and $ 800, just put computer 200..800 dollars in the search engine.
4. Search only on the website that interests you
Writing site After a term and before a specific website, Google will only show you the results of that website.
In case you want to know our coverage on the German elections last Sunday, if you type in Google elections Germany site: bbc.com/mundo, the search engine will prioritize our latest stories on Germany, her elections and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s legacy after 16 years in power.
5. Results on a specific location
Google also offers you the ability to focus your search for a term in a specific location.
For this you must use the word location followed by a colon before a specific place.
If you like to keep up with the news about the American tycoon and entrepreneur Elon Musk, and you want to know the latest that is known about him in San Francisco, you can write Elon Musk location: San Francisco.
Most likely, the first thing Google shows you is that Musk put up a luxurious home in this city for sale.
6. Use | to search between two results
You may want to search for two terms at the same time without their being related.
Try to write first Mexico Peru.
It is very likely that Google will show you an article about the relations between the two countries or possible flights from one destination to another.
If instead you place a vertical bar like this | in between, it will search for relevant information between the two countries separately.
It also works if you insert the word “or” between one term and another.
I get their Wikipedia profiles and the official websites of the governments of Mexico and Peru.
7. Check a company on the stock market
If you have investments in a company or you are interested in checking the state of the stock market, Google offers you the direct result with a simple command.
You just have to write stock: in front of the company specifically.
For instance: stock: Evergrande, and it will show you the performance of the Chinese real estate company that has made several worrying headlines in recent days.
8. Filter by text format
You may want to search for information on the history of the Taliban without going to any specific website.
In that case you must put the command filetype followed by a colon and the chosen format.
For example, doc to Word or pdf to Adobe.
In that case, you would have to write history of the Taliban filetype: pdf
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.