Google is much like a Swiss Army Knife – There are so many useful (and not so useful) tools you can use (toothpick anyone?) but most people are only aware of one or two key ones. So we thought we’d breakdown and share some of our favourite tips, tricks, hacks and handy Google hints! Enjoy!
1) Feeling too lazy to type? Use Google Voice, which enables you to search Google by speaking your queries. Simply click the microphone symbol on the right of the search bar. Click on the red circle that appears and record your query. Bingo. Your results will appear.
2) Google ‘Do a barrel roll’ and watch the fun ensue. (Oh, it’s the little things.)
3) Want to while away the hours at your desk? Why not play Google Pacman for a fun and classic old school game.
4) Google Image Search (or reverse image search) is a service by Google to search using images. The service allows you to find similar images to the one you uploaded, (also good at finding the source of an image you wish to relocate, perhaps in a larger size!) Simply click on the camera button on the right of the search bar and upload your image. This is excellent and we use this all the time.
5) Google ‘Askew’ or ‘Tilt’ for cheap thrills.
6) Need to set a stopwatch or timer? Type in ‘set timer’ followed by a number of minutes, or a specific hour you’d like an alert, and Google will graciously comply with an obnoxious beeping once the moment has arrived. Just make sure the volume’s on. Too easy.
7) Google ‘Anagram’ Google will respond ‘Did you mean ‘Nag a Ram’’ – Oh Google you old card! (As we said, it’s the little things!)
8) Other search tips which are actually really useful and will help with your day to day searches:
- To look for specific phrases, put them in quotes i.e. ‘Why am I addicted to Facebook?’
- Synonym search looks for words that mean similar things. Use the tilde symbol (~) before your keyword, like this: ~Eggplant to receive similar searches (i.e. aubergine, courgette, zucchini…)
- Exclude specific key words using the minus symbol. i.e. Facebook – Twitter excludes all results including ‘Twitter’.
- Common words like ‘I, and, then if…’ are ignored by Google, so there’s no point putting these in your search.
- Make sure all your words are included by using the plus symbol i.e. ‘Facebook + Twitter + Google’
- To get Google to fill in the blank, use the asterix key. i.e. Mark Zuckerberg founded *