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Google Better: Google Tips

Learn tips and tricks to help you find exactly what you need on the Internet

Search Google


Using Advanced Searching in Google

Get to the Advanced Search page

Advanced Search for websites

Go to search or click the gear icon in the top right corner of a search results page > Advanced Search.

Advanced Search for images

Go to or click the gear icon in the top right corner of an image search results page > Advanced Search.

How the Advanced Search page works

  1. Go to the Advanced Search page.
  2. Enter your search terms in the “Find pages with” section.
  3. Choose the filters you want to use in the “Then narrow your results by” section. You can use one or more filters.
  4. Click Advanced Search.

Tip: You can also use many of these filters in the search box with search operators.


Google Calculator Tips

Google Calculator

Use Google as a Calculator! Just type in your equation in the search box and click ENTER or the Search Button.

Google Calculator Tips

Google can also be used to convert from one measure to another.

Unit converter

You can use Google to convert from one measure to another. To get to the unit converter, you can either type your conversion into the search box or search for unit converter.

Helpful Hints from Google

Start simple

 Start by entering a basic name or word. If you're looking for a place or product in a specific location, enter the name along with the town or zip code.

Search with an exact phrase - Use Quotation Marks

Put quotation marks around words "[any word]" to search for an exact phrase in an exact order. Keep in mind that searching with quotes might exclude relevant results. For instance, a search for "Alexander Bell" will miss pages that refer to Alexander G. Bell.

Don't worry about punctuation

Search ignores punctuation. This includes @#%^*()=[]\ and other special characters.

Use descriptive words

The more unique the word, the more likely you are to get relevant results.

Include or ignore words and characters in your search

Highlight common words and characters such as the and & if they are essential to your search (as in a movie or book title) by putting quotation marks "the" around them. You can also use the minus - sign to specify particular items you don't want in your results, like ingredients in a recipe.


Helpful Search Operators

"quotes" for exact phrase

- (exclude a word)








List of Google Search Operators