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No, you can’t just type random words into the search bar and hope the results match what you’re looking for. Using Google may be intuitive, but it’s not as simple as it sounds – and there are tricks to ensuring that the platform only come up with what you need. But we’ll get to that.

Google has been an integral part of our daily lives for over 20 years and there’s still some people that don’t know how to make the most of its features. Of course, it’s easy to type random words in the search bar and pray that the platform shows us what we’re looking for.

Sometimes it can even work, but you shouldn’t do it on a daily basis – that is, of course, if you’re looking to save time and make your searches more efficient.

Quotation marks are your best friend

If you use quotation marks in a phrase, Google will only show you results that contain that same phrase exactly as you wrote it. In other words, the platform will exclude all results that show only some of the words in question.

For example, if you type “restoration of the Republic,” Google will only show you content that contains all three words in exactly the order you typed them – and it won’t just show you results that include “restoration” or “Republic”

The power of the hyphen

If you add a hyphen (-) immediately before any word (without a space), Google will exclude it from all the results it shows you. So if you’re interested in health-related content, but don’t want to include topics inherent to coronavirus, just include “-coronavirus” in the search bar.

So, you need not browse through the thousands of news stories that are published daily about the virus that has haunted our lives for over a year and a half.

What are the two dots for (..)?

In the Google search bar, the use of two consecutive periods (..) symbolizes a time interval.

So, if you want to search for news about Britney Spears, solely and exclusively, from the years 2020 and 2021, you only have to include two points between those years. In this case, you would have to type in “Britney Spears 2020..2021” and select the “news” tab.

Are you looking for single site results only?

It’s simple. Just write the subject you’re looking for and the term “site:”, followed by the name of the site in question. Google will then restrict the range of answers and only show you results from the site you selected.

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