Searching with Google is the go-to for anyone trying to find anything over the world wide web. I know as often as I use Google to find things that I have considered myself to be pretty efficient, but I recently got nudge in the direction of power searching via Google and its various tools. I knew of many of its capabilities, but rarely used them as being the average browser. Upon learning more about the concept of power searching, I found many new tools and tricks to make my searches more accurate and less time consuming, ultimately. Here are some things I’ve learned:
1.Filtering images by color.
I didn’t know that you could filter images by color other than putting the color within your search query. Come to find out, on the left panel of the search results page, you can filter an image by choosing a color that is most prevalent in an image or even choose to only show black and white images. This could be useful when looking for fossils, charts, or images of a common item like dogs, but only want them in a certain color.
2. Conversions and calculations
I honestly did not ever think to use Google as calculator. I have used it to convert degrees F to C just for kicks, but it can be used to find simple arithmetic to the most complex computations imaginable just by simply putting it in the search bar and waiting for the results. I think it is very practical for converting currency, but I would mainly use it for converting units of measures when dealing with recipes especially if I wanted to make a larger quantity and not actually knowing how to keep the same ratio of ingredients so to not alter the taste.
Operators are probably the most important and dynamic feature about using Google search. Knowing that I can specify what type of document to look for or search within a specific site is sublime. Putting the operator ‘site:’ followed by a domain designation like ‘.gov’ would only give results from .gov sites. That can be especially helpful when you don’t want to sift through various results and want credible ones.
4. Search features
I often like to search for weather in places that I could be traveling to and usually got to weather.com. Well with Google search features I could just search ‘weather [zip code]’ and get the real-time weather of that city. There are also features that allow you to search flights and the exact time in any time zone. The time zone feature is useful for me because I have friends all over the world and I can search what the time is in their area to know if it is appropriate to correspond at that moment.
5. Finding text on a web page
I know many of times that I have been doing research, found a credible source, but spend a while sifting through pages to find the information that I was looking for. It always seems like a waste of time and usually is. By using Ctrl+F or Command+F within a web page, you can pop up another search bar and find specific text within that space. It can also be filtered by the occurrences. You can press Enter for the next place it appears or Return for the previous place it appears. This is useful when researching a topic within a page, but it appears numerous times. You can sift quickly to find the place and information that is vital to you.
Learning about power searching has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of using Google as a search engine. No wonder it is the leading search engine in the world, by leaps and bounds. I will definitely utilize the new tips and tricks that I learned and make them apart of my skill set. Searching the web from now on should be very efficient and satisfying. Search on….