Tips to Use Google
The Google it is, without a shadow of doubt, one of the the most widely used services across the Internet. Behind the simple and friendly appearance hides a powerful tool to search information of all kinds. What many people do not know is that with small tricks, it is possible to enjoy even more the features offered by the seeker. And it is precisely to help you to enjoy best of Google that the DigoPaul presents the following tips.
1 – Use Google as a calculator
Did you know that it is possible to use Google as calculator? It’s that simple! In the search field, type, for example, 14 + 28 (addition), 6 * 7 (multiplication), 336 / 8 (division) or 89 – 47 (minus sign) and see the that happens. Google can perform from operations basic up to some more complex. All that is need to do is inform the type of calculation desired. Here are some examples:
2 – Use Google to do conversions
It is also possible to use Google to do conversions of measures. Here are some examples:
Note that the trick here is to know the names and symbols of the measures to try some of them on Google. And, with a little imagination, it is possible to “play” yet more. For example: in place of the values, you can use equations. To test, type 10/5+459 in romans and the Google will show as a result CDLXI.
3 – Refine your searches using operators (+ and -)
No, this time it is to do the calculations, it is not. You you can improve your searches in Google using the symbols + and -. See the following examples to understand:
Type in the search field homer +bart. Google will only show pages that have the terms homer and bart.
Now, type homer -bart. Google will only show pages where it is possible to find the word in homer,but not the term bart.
It is also possible to combine the operations. For example: homer +lisa -bart.
4 – Search for the exact phrase
If you type the phrase determination of a train in Google, the search engine will show the pages that have the words determination, of, a, train, even if they are not in this order. But, and if you are in need of results that contain the exact phrase, without any kind of change? It is simple, just type it in between quotes: “determination of a train”.
5 – Specify the type of file to be searched
You can instruct Google to search only in a particular file format. To do this, type filetype: followed by the extension of the file, the longer the term to be searched. For example, suppose you want to search for the word digopaul, but only on files in PDF format. In Google, type so filetype:pdf digopaul. Note that you you can do this with a myriad of extensions, such as doc (Word), XML, TXT, etc.
6 – Do searches within a site specific
You want to know if the right site comes to a specific subject, but realize that the search system existing there is bad. What do you do? Instruct Google to perform searches only that site. To do this, simply type into Google the search term more site: followed the address of the site. For example, suppose that you want to to know if the DigoPaul has some pages that talk about ODF. In Google, just type:
The result will show all the pages of the DigoPaul that contains the word ODF.
Note that this feature does not work on sites not indexed by Google, nor in the pages of restricted access (affordable only by password, for example).
7 – Use Google Scholar
On the shoulder of giants. This is the phrase that appears in the the main page of Google Academic. As Google itself explains, this is a quote from Isaac Newton: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. Google uses this phrase because he knows of the importance that academic research has, after all, the company itself has emerged in a university. The Google Academic (English, Google Scholar) serves precisely to help you do research in materials that are generated in educational environments. Thus, the need to seek theses, articles, citations, abstracts, etc, try this option. If you do good use, you may be surprised with the result.
8 – Do searches on blogs
You probably know that many blogs that offer content of great relevance. It is for this reason that Google has created a service specific search for this kind of site: Google Blog Search (in English, Google Blog Search). The advantage here is obvious: the possibility of obtaining only the results of pages of blogs.
9 – Know how quickly the weather forecast
Will travel to a city and do not know if there it is raining or cold? Just use the Google to get the weather forecast. It is very easy! If you want to know, for example, how is the weather in Maringá (PR), just type in Google:
10 – See your search history
If you do research “logged” in to your Google account, you may refer to the searches carried out in the last few months from the history of the service. This is a possibility useful for many purposes, such as to remember a name searched previously, check which days you did more search and so on.
To access your history, just make logina in page www.google.com/history. The service also shows data on the use of other Google tools.