Don’t be fooled by the simple layout of Google page. The search engine is much more powerful than you think. In this guide, I will cover some of the ways you can use to perform a power Google search, and get almost everything out of it (*yes, I really mean everything*).

**Simple tricks**

**AND (same as “+****“)**

All words that are linked by the “AND” (in caps) are included in the search results.

eg.*cats AND dogs, cats +dogs (do not put a space behind the “+”)*

(Google seach all terms by default, so the “AND” operator is unnecessary)

**OR (same as “|”)**

Put a “OR” between the search terms to fetch search results that contain either of the terms

eg.*cats OR dogs, cats | dogs*

- ” ”

A ” ” quote denotes a phrase and can also be used to include stop words such as*“and”, “to”, “a”, “an”*. All the terms inside the ” ” will be included in the search results.

eg. “*raining cats and dogs*“

- Exclude

Put a – (minus sign) in front of the word/phrases to exclude the word/phrases

eg. “*cats and dogs*” -“*raining cats and dogs*” will show result that contains “cats and dogs”, but exclude the phrase “raining cats and dogs”

- Wildcards

Put an asterisk (*) to represent a missing word

eg. “raining * and dogs”

- Synonyms

Put a tilde ~ in front of your search term to include synonym terms in the search result.

*“~cats”*will fetch you result containing cats, animals, pets, breeder

- Setting number range

Put a “..” (double dot) in between number terms to denote a range.

“eg. “*computer $500..$1000*“, “*vintage car 1960..1990*“

**Search relating to sites**

*intext:*Fetch search results that have the search terms in the body text of the page. Example: To find webpage that have the term “google search” in the body text, type*intext:google search**inanchor*: To search webpages that have the search term in hyperlinks. eg.*inanchor:widget**intitle*: To search for pages that have the search term in the page title. eg.*intitle:power google search**filetype*: Finding a file of specific file type. eg.*hotel filetype:doc**site*: Search only a particular site. eg.*site:maketecheasier.com**Define*: Find a definition for a term that you don’t know. eg.*define:internet**related*: Find results that is related to the search term. eg.*related:www.ferrari.com*(Find websites related to the Ferrari website.)*info*:Find information about a site. eg.*info:www.ferrari.com*(Find information about Ferrari website.)

**Google search as a calculator**

Simply type in the figures that you want to be calculated and Google will fetch you the result.

* Simple math:*

- Type in 1+1 and Google will return the result 1+1=2. You can also type in “one plus one” and get “one plus one=two”.

*Complex Math*

- ^ denotes square. eg 2^20
- sqrt() denotes square root. eg
*sqrt(16)*, or simply type*square root of 16* *sin(), cos(), tan()*denote trigonometry functions. eg.*sine(30 degrees), cos(60), tan(45)**ln*denote logarithm base e. eg.*ln 7*,*ln(7)**log*denote logarithm base 10. eg.*log 7, log(7)**lg*logarithm base 2. eg.*lg 7, lg(7)**!*denote factorial. eg.*2!*

**Google search to find movie showtime (only for US)**

You can use Google search to find the movie showtime, which theaters, location and average reviews, ratings.

*movie: lord of the ring*

**Google weather search**

You can use Google to find the weather forcast for your region.

Type in “*weather new york*” or whatever place that you are staying to find the weather condition.

**Google stock quotes search**

stock: followed by the stock exchange symbol for the stock you’d like to follow. For example, to see a stock quote for Google, type *stock: goog*

**Google phonebook search (for US only) **

Type in *phonebook: your name location* to display a list phone number of the person living in that location.

eg. *phonebook: damien new york*

**Google Time search**

To find out what time is it now in other countries, type *time:country*

eg. *time:singapore*

**Google Conversion**

You can use Google search to convert a number of things including currency, length, weight, distance, time etc.

*US$5 to euro**1 meter to inch**2.3 years to days**6 hours to sec*

Is there anymore Google search tips that I did not cover? Tell us about it in the comment.

collis says

Great round up of information, I always think to myself that I should really make more use of Google’s abilities!

Damien says

@Collis: lol. I am guilty of not fully utilizing Google’s abilities too.

Dwayne charrington says

i’ve stumbled upon quite a few posts similiar to this. Needless to say I was quite impressed with yours because it explained a few that others didn’t have and, I didn’t even know you could do.

Good job.

– Dwayne Charrington.

http://www.dwaynecharrington.com

Damien says

@Dwayne: Thanks. I am glad that you enjoyed the post and hopefully, you have picked up a trick or two.

miguel says

Nice collection!

Dan says

to narrow a search to a domain or site type:

site:.gov “best practice”

or

site:microsoft.com “best practice”

Flashy says

I have been using intitle inurl searches for years.

It is amazing how many sites I have found with no “index.html” in each subdirectory.

I made a sample page for my friends to discover how simple it can be.

Some examples and results are included.

MP3’s are so easy, whole albums or just a single song. Even flv files (movie) are so common.

But beware google thinks you are a SPYBOT and throws in evil sites, that will provide malware and trojans for free.

sandy says

Hi,

Thats a very useful collection of parameters to improve Google search. Thanks. These parameters would become much more useful if used on the search engine http://timedsearch.com since the results will also show Time stamp on all results..

FLashy says

here is a typical search string in Google, just change the filetype (wmv) to (mp3) and name in “01” to lets say (beatles)

http://tinyurl.com/y8r23gu