Seven Helpful Time-saving Tips for Using Google Search

By Seamus Islwyn

Google Search includes several sophisticated tools that can help you save time when you're searching the Web for information. Refine Google search terms to home in on the exact information you're looking for; use the simple Web apps built into Google Search to quickly find information without even opening a Web page. All of Google's search tools are accessible from the Google search box.

Phrases

Search for whole sentences or phrases in Google by putting quotation marks around them. When you add quotes around a series of words, Google searches for Web pages that contain that exact phrase or sentence. Searching for an exact phrase saves time by helping you find the exact information that you're looking for.

Site Search

If you know which website contains the information you're searching for, save time by instructing Google to search only that website. If, for example, you want to search eHow for ice cream recipes, type "ice cream site:ehow.com" -- without the quotes -- into the Google search bar.

Related Terms

Use the tilde operator in Google to search for terms related to the specified term. For example, searching for "trumpet ~orchestra" also returns search results for "symphony," "big band" and "opera." Searching for these related terms saves time, as you don't have to search for each term separately.

Exclude Terms

Add a "-" symbol before a search term to exclude it from Google's search results. If, for example, you're looking for an ice cream recipe, but you can't stand vanilla, type "ice cream -vanilla" -- without the quotes -- into Google.

Conversions

Rather than navigating to a conversion website, use Google to quickly convert measurements. To convert 10 miles to kilometers, for example, type "10 miles in kilometers" into Google. The conversion appears at the top of the list of search results.

Calculations

Instead of opening your computer's calculator program, use Google to perform simple mathematics. For example, type "15 / 7" into the Google search box and press "Enter." Google displays the quotient at the top of the search results.

Dictionary

Instead of pulling out a dictionary, use Google to quickly find the definition of a word. If you type "define:perspicacity," for example, into Google, the definition "having a ready insight into and understanding of things" appears at the top of the search results.