As someone who works with computers quite a bit, and have some knowledge over things, i get asked questions quite often. If its technical i get it, but some of those questions can be found so easy. I often use the term ‘just fucking google it’, because the questions are mostly basic as hell. It’s not just computers, its for everything. People ask the most basic things. Sure I’m willing to help, but did you ever wonder that there is a huge search-machine on the internet called Google? It’s knowledge extends to almost everything. Why not try there first before asking.
Unfortunately sometimes they make it a bit harder. You get buried under a lot of bullshit (search for Moonwalk. Mostly Michael Jackson instead of NASA). So here are some top tips to make your search even better.
Placing a phrase in quotation marks will search for exactly that phrase. This means the word order and spacing will be preserved.
Use asterisks as placeholders. This is especially useful if you’re searching for a phrase but can’t remember some of the words.
Exclude terms by place a hyphen directly in front of them.
To only search for GIFs, just click on “Search Tools” while you are in Google Image Search. Now select “Type” and choose “Animated”.
Use two periods to set a range, for example when searching for a certain price.
To only get results from a specific website preface your search with “site:put-name-of-site-here.com”. Then leave a space and put what you are searching for.
In the same way you can search related sites by replacing “site:” with “related:”
If you ever need to calculate a tip quickly just type “tip” followed by the amount you are trying to tip on
info:website (website being the site’s URL) will print out everything Google can tell you about that site.
By using the “OR” operator you can search for pages that might use one of several words.
If you need to figure out what there is to do around town just type “attractions” followed by where you are.
To define any word just preface it with the word “define” (this time make sure to leave a space).
If you go to Google Image Search and drag an image file into the search bar, Google will search for that image on the web.
You can easily convert units or currencies by using the “in” keyword (for example “10 dollars in pounds”).
If you have kids or are at work you can turn on Safe Search so Google only brings up appropriate content. It can be selected by clicking the gear drop menu in the top right.
You can restrict your search to a specific type of file by using the “filetype:” operator.
Sometimes you can’t find a website because it has been taken down or is temporarily inaccessible. You may still be able to access Google’s cached version by using the “cache:” operator.
Add “origin” after a word to learn about its etymology (for example “robot origin”).
If you search for “weather” followed by the name of a city or location Google will return a convenient weather app.
You can quickly learn your public IP Address by searching for “ip address”
One of the newest features of Google can be seen when searching for health conditions. For example if you search for “bronchitis” Google will return a handy app with all the critical information that you need to know.
If you add the word “facts” after any food item then Google will return all of its nutrition facts (e.g. banana facts).
Finding customer service numbers just got a whole lot easier! Just type the phrase “customer service” after the name of the company you are looking for and Google will return their phone number.
To find something around you (like a bank or a coffee shop) just type what you are looking for followed by the phrase “near me”