We use Google every day to find quick answers. But did you know you could search better to find even more accurate and helpful information? Here are a few Google browsing tips that will make your life easier:
Restore closed tabs
It’s very easy to close Google tabs while browsing which means we often close tabs that we don’t want to. To recover closed tabs, just head over to the three-dot menu on the top right of Google Chrome, select History, and find the tab you want to reopen. You can also right-click a blank space on the tab bar and select Reopen Closed Tab. On a Mac, you can also click on the File menu and select Re-open Closed Tab. If you want to reopen all closed tabs from a browsing session, go to History and select #Tabs.
Only use important keywords
The more specific you are about your search query the better results you get. Instead of trying vague words or phrases, be specific and use important keywords. Websites write content that fulfills a particular search intent so if you’re not specific about your keywords, you might get unhelpful answers. For example, if you want to use a project management tool but don’t know which one to pick, Googling “project management” will not give you accurate results. What you need to search for is “best project management tool”.
Advanced search tips
Here are 5 small things that will supercharge your Google search:
Search by images: Google reverse image search is an underrated tool. Go to Google Images, click on the camera icon and either paste an image link or upload a file to get additional information or similar results.
Use Tools: If you’re not happy with search results, you can ask Google to show better results with specific filters. Just click on the Tools menu at the top of search results and select time and results type.
Go incognito: If you don’t want ads to target you based on your Google search history, use incognito sessions to sign out and avoid history logs. You might also get better deals on tickets and products with incognito.
Use quotes to search for an exact phrase: If you put a phrase in quotes, Google will search for that exact phrase and ignore any other words. For example, searching for “apple pie recipe” will return results that include the exact phrase “apple pie recipe,” rather than pages that just happen to include both the words “apple” and “pie” somewhere on the page.
Use the site operator to search within a specific website: If you want to search for a term within a specific website, you can use the “site:” operator followed by the domain name. For example, searching for “apple pie recipe site:allrecipes.com” will return results from the Allrecipes website that include the phrase.
Hope this helps you get better results with Google. Happy browsing!