Few days ago I posted a blog on my favourite top 5 hidden Google search tricks at http://tehtarikkaki.com/all/my-favourite-top-5-hidden-google-search-tricks/.
I was told by many of my friends from Facebook and Twitter that they are useful tips to use Google search engine more effectively. Today I am to blog about another 5 obscure search tricks not commonly used by ordinary web user. This will make it a total of 10 good search tips. What are they?
1. Google as flight announcer
This is particularly useful for frequent travellers who want to know the flight time of departure and arrival of any airline. Just type airline and flight number in the Google search box. It is that simple.
2. Google as specific document searcher
If you want to search certain documents on specific format (file type like pdf, doc, xps, xls, ppt etc.), use this method topic or keyword filetype:pdf for example.
If you want to search PowerPoint presentation on “blogging”. Then type in blogging filetype:pps
3. Google as a site search
A lot of times you are only interested to search for certain keywords or topics on a particular web site and not others. Use this method: keyword site:www.yoursite.com. For example if you are searching for 7 habits in this website, the results returned are like this.
4. Google as number range search
This is a very cool search trick. And this is how it works: just add two numbers, separated by two periods (with no spaces) into the search box with your search keywords. Number range can be anything from year, unit of measurement, currency as you like.
If you type
Google will return information about Olympics from 1980 to 1990
5. Google as research tool on a particular website
For students or researchers who wish to find out more information about a particular website such as to collect data for a citation or verify your information you may type info: followed by the domain, like this: info:tehtarikkaki.com
In the above example, Google can show you following information for this website:
- Show Google’s cache of tehtarikkaki.com
- Find web pages that are similar to tehtarikkaki.com
- Find web pages that link to tehtarikkaki.com
- Find web pages from the site tehtarikkaki.com
- Find web pages that contain the term “tehtarikkaki.com”
All you have to do is to click to the relevant pages as you do your research.
My two cents
With this I have given you my top 10 hidden Google search tricks. There are a lot more complicated search tools, tips and commands from Google if you care to do some research. Do share these with your friends and relatives during your teh tarik or yum cha sessions. Send me your comments or do you have any fantastic search tricks to share with all of us?