Bob Milliken
Bob Milliken
Bob Milliken

There’s little doubt that Google has become part of our daily lives. It is our library, our go-to place for information, a modern day Library of Alexandria. Unlike Alexandria, which was located in Egypt, (history records that it was destroyed by Caesar in 48 BC), Google is at our fingertips no matter where we are – as long as we have an Internet connection.

Google is the engine we use to access the library. However, the key to getting the most value from Google is in knowing how to structure your search requests to make the search engine stand on its head and become our best friend.

Google is packed with advanced search features that, when used, can make life a lot easier. We covered a few of them in a previous article, and it’s time to build on that list of key techniques. Here’s the 2nd of a three-part series on becoming a Power Google User.

Combo Search

Combine +, or, -, (AND, OR, NOT) and/or quotation marks for better results. For example “Plastics manufacturing” + Vancouver OR Alberta – Ontario delivers the exact phrase “plastics manufacturing” with the word Vancouver or the word Alberta in the results, with none of the results containing the word Ontario.

Search By Time Period

Google has been indexing the web for decades in order to add web pages into its database. Because of that, it could be quite time-consuming sifting through countless search results to find an old website or page, or even recent stories, too. Time period search minimizes this headache by allowing you to specify a date range so you can find recent stories or archived news faster.

Just run a search like you normally would. Then click on Tools under the search box and hit the Any time drop-down menu. From there, you can choose the time period parameter, such as past month or past week, or fill in an exact time period.

Advance Your Search

Advanced Search can be accessed by clicking Settings from the toolbar located under the search box. This gives you more ways to refine your searches, such as by region or language. By default, search results are prioritized based on your location, so you should adjust that according to the topics you’re searching for.

Your Take Away

While these tips might not be the most exciting thing from the tech giant, they sure help businesses save time and work smarter instead of harder. In today’s fast-paced business environment, little things like these make a huge difference. If you have questions about how to use Google products to streamline your daily routine and increase productivity, just give us a call at 604.986.8170.

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