How to Search on Google: 31 Google Advanced Search Tips (2022)

If you’re like me, you probably use Google many times a day. But chances are, unless you're a technology geek, you probably still use Google in its simplest form.

If your current use of Google is limited to typing in a few words and changing your query until you find what you’re looking for, I’m here to tell you that there’s a better way -- and it’s not hard to learn.

On the other hand, even if you are a technology geek and can use Google like the best of them already, I still suggest you bookmark this article of Google advanced search tips. Then, you’ll then have the tips on hand when you're ready to pull your hair out in frustration watching a neophyte repeatedly type in basic queries in a desperate attempt to find something.

The following Google advanced search tips are based on my own experience and things that I actually find useful. I’ve kept the descriptions of the search tips intentionally terse, as you’re likely to grasp most of these simply by looking at the example from Google anyway.

Here's an overview of some of the most useful Google search tricks. You'll be an expert Google search-er in no time.

1. Explicit Phrase

Let's say you're searching on Google for content about inbound marketing. Instead of just typing inbound marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes.

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Example Search: "inbound marketing"

2. Exclude Words

Let's say you want to search for content about inbound marketing, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term advertising. To do this, simply use the - sign in front of the word you want to exclude.

Example Search: inbound marketing -advertising

3. This OR That

By default, when you conduct a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you're looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized).

Example Search: inbound marketing OR advertising

4. Words in the Text

If you want to find a webpage where all the terms you're searching for appear in the text of that page (but not necessarily beside each other), type in allintext: followed immediately by words or phrases.

Example Search: allintext:vermont ski house lake

5. Words in the Text + Title, URL etc.

If you want to find a webpage where one term appears in the text of that page and another term appears elsewhere on the page, like the title or URL, then type in that first term followed by intext: followed immediately by the other term.

Example Search: neil diamond intext:red sox

6. Words in the Title

Want to find a webpage with certain words contained in the title (but not necessarily beside each other)? Type in allintitle: followed immediately by words or phrases.

Example Search: allintitle:wine club

7. Words in the TItle + Text, URL, etc.

Want to find a webpage where one term appears in the title of that page and another term appears elsewhere on the page, like in the text or the URL? Type in that first term followed by intitle: immediately followed by the other term.

Example Search: flu shot intitle:advice

8. Words in the URL

If you want to find pages with your search query mentioned in the URL, type allinurl: immediately followed by your search query.

Example Search: allinurl:hubspot blog

9. How to Search Within a Website

Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the site:somesite.com modifier. (Read this blog post to learn how to do this in more detail.)

Example Search: site:www.smallbusinesshub.com "inbound marketing"

10. Related Search

If you want to find new websites with similar content to a website you already know of, use the related:somesite.com modifier.

Example Search: related:visual.ly

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11. A Page That Links to Another Page

Let's say you want to search for every website that cites a BuzzFeed article on their website. To do this, use the link: command, immediately followed by the name of a page. Google will give you all pages that link to BuzzFeed's official website. The more specific the URL is, the fewer, more pointed results you'll get.

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Example Search: link:buzzfeed

12. Similar Words and Synonyms

Let’s say you want to include a word in your search, but also want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms. To do this, use the ~ in front of the word.

Example Search: "inbound marketing" ~professional

13. Word Definitions

If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the define: command. You can listen to the word's pronunciation by pressing the megaphone icon.

Search Example: define:plethora

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14. Missing Words

Ever forgotten a word or two from a specific phrase, song lyric, movie quote, or something else? You can use an asterisk* as a wildcard, which can help you find the missing word in a phrase.

Example Search: much * about nothing

15. News in a Specific Location

If you're looking for news related to a specific location, you can use the location: command to search Google News for stories coming from that location.

Search Example: star wars location:london

16. Specific Document Types

If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier filetype:. For example, you might want to find only PowerPoint presentations related to inbound marketing.

Example Search: "inbound marketing" filetype:ppt

17. Translations

Want to translate a simple word or phrase from one language to another? No need to go to a translation website. Just search translate [word] to [language].

Example Search: translate krankenwagen to english

18. Phone Listing

Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number, and you don’t know who it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature.

Example Search: phonebook:617-555-1212

(Note: The number in this example doesn't work. You’ll have to use a real number to get any results.)

19. Area Code Lookup

If all you need to do is to look up the area code for a phone number, just enter the three-digit area code and Google will tell you where it’s from.

Example Search: 617

20. Zip Code Lookup

If you need to look up the zip code for an address, simply search for the rest of the address, including town or city name and state, province, or country. It'll return results with an area code (if applicable),

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Example Search: 25 First St., Cambridge, MA

21. Numeric Ranges

This is a rarely used but highly useful tip. Let’s say you want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers. You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is hard to read, what’s between the X and Y are two periods). This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices, or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers.

Example Search: president 1940..1950

22. Stock (Ticker Symbol)

Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term, and Google will give you the current financials and a quick thumbnail chart for the stock.

Example Search: GOOG

23. Calculator

The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression into Google.

Search Example: 48512 * 1.02

24. Tip Calculator

Along with a normal calculator, Google has a built-in tip calculator. Just search tip calculator and you can adjust the bill, tip %, and number of people splitting it.

Search Example: tip calculator

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25. Timer

Don't have a timer handy? Google has you covered. Just type in an amount of time + the word "timer," and the countdown will begin automatically

Search Example:

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Search Example: 20 min timer

26. Stopwatch

Search "stopwatch" and it'll bring up a stopwatch for you to start when you're ready.

Search Example: stopwatch

27. Weather

Next time you're looking for quick weather stats or a forecast for a certain area, search for weather followed by a location. Google will give you both before the first search results.

Search Example: weather cambridge ma

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28. Sunrise & Sunset Times

If you're curious when the sun will rise and set that day at a specific location, do a simple Google search with the wordsunriseorsunset along with the location name.

Search Example: sunrise acadia

29. Flight Statuses

If you type in the airline and airplane number into Google, it will tell you the flight information, status, and other helpful information.

Search Example: BA 181

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30. Sports Scores & Schedules

Want to know the latest sports scores and future schedules of your favorite teams or match-ups? Search a single team name or two team names and Google will use Google Sports to spit out scores and schedules before the first search results.

Search Example: manchester united

31. Comparing Food

Believe it or not, if you're ever curious how two types of (fairly generic) foods compare with one another, you can do a quick Google search to see how they differ in calories, fat, protein, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, and other nutrients.

Search Example: pizza vs broccoli

Originally published Apr 23, 2018 11:52:00 AM, updated October 30 2019

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FAQs

How do I get more advanced Google searches? ›

Do an Advanced Search
  1. On your computer, go to Advanced Search: google.com/advanced_search.
  2. Under “Find pages with,” choose the query field/s to: ...
  3. Enter the words that you want to include or remove from your results. ...
  4. Under "Then narrow your results by," choose the filters you want to use. ...
  5. Click Advanced Search.

How do you do the Google search trick? ›

Thank you!
  1. Use an asterisk within quotes to specify unknown or variable words. ...
  2. Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words. ...
  3. Search websites for keywords. ...
  4. Search news archives going back to the mid-1880s. ...
  5. Compare foods using “vs” ...
  6. Filter search results for recipes.
Feb 3, 2016

Can you do an advanced Google search? ›

On your Android phone or tablet, go to Advanced Search: google.com/advanced_search. Under “Find pages with,” choose the query field/s to: Include exact words or a list of words in your results.

How do I get exact Google search results? ›

You can use symbols or words in your search to make your search results more precise. Google Search usually ignores punctuation that isn't part of a search operator. Don't put spaces between the symbol or word and your search term. A search for site:nytimes.com will work, but site: nytimes.com won't.

What are some Google tricks? ›

10 hidden Google tricks we bet you didn't know!
  • Do a Barrel Roll. It is the best opportunity to surprise your friends with this. ...
  • Askew/Tilt. ...
  • Zerg Rush. ...
  • Blink HTML. ...
  • Party Like It's 1998. ...
  • Shake It Trick. ...
  • Atari Breakout. ...
  • Recursion.
Feb 16, 2019

What should you not search on Google? ›

See the list, below:
  • Fournier. New York Knicks NBA player Evan Fournier's nickname is "Never Google" and there's a reason. ...
  • Krokodil. ...
  • Your favorite food. ...
  • Mouth larva. ...
  • Google. ...
  • Calculus Bridge. ...
  • Your e-mail address. ...
  • Ring Avulsion.
6 days ago

What are the 10 Google Tricks? ›

Best Google tricks list
  • Do a barrel roll. One of the most popular fun Google trick is simply asking Google to do a barrel roll. ...
  • Atari Breakout. ...
  • Askew. ...
  • Recursion. ...
  • Google Gravity. ...
  • Thanos. ...
  • Anagram. ...
  • Zerg Rush.
Jul 6, 2022

How do I search Google like a pro? ›

Eight tips to Google like a pro
  1. Use quotation marks to search for webpages containing that exact phrase.
  2. Limit your results to news from standards-based sources.
  3. Use basic Boolean operators like “AND” and “OR” to combine search terms.
  4. Use parentheses to group operators and do even more sophisticated searches.

What is Google secret? ›

Secret Manager is a secure and convenient storage system for API keys, passwords, certificates, and other sensitive data. Secret Manager provides a central place and single source of truth to manage, access, and audit secrets across Google Cloud.

What Google searches have Easter eggs? ›

Google search Easter eggs
  • Search for Askew.
  • Search for Recursion.
  • Search for the answer to life the universe and everything.
  • Search for do a barrel roll.
  • Search for zerg rush.
  • Search for “text adventure“
  • Search for “conway's game of life“
  • Search for “anagram“
Oct 9, 2018

What happened to Google Advanced search? ›

ADVANCED! First of all, even though the link is gone, you can still access this service by clicking on the gear in the upper right hand corner of Google next to "Sign in." Advanced search is on the drop down menu. So really the only change is two clicks instead of one.

What is an example of an advanced search? ›

An example

For example, you might enter the words “auto” and “repair” in the search box when you type in a search. After you start the search, Google interprets what you were looking for to determine the results to show you. The search results will include any website that has to do with the words auto and repair.

What is exact search? ›

Exact match gives you the most control over who sees your ad, but reaches fewer searches than both phrase and broad match. This allows you to reach only users who make searches with the same meaning as your keywords, including: Misspellings.

How do you search keywords? ›

To search by keyword, select Keyword from the search options and type the word(s) you wish to search. Keyword searches can retrieve a large number of results. Several options are available to help refine your search and results. Quick Limits can be used when doing a keyword search.

What is Google magic? ›

Google Magic is a website created by Dark Arts Media. The website was intended to be a type of trick where you cover the two o's in the Google logo and make them disappear.

How do I make Google crazy? ›

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What are 20 Google Tricks? ›

Here are 20 Google search tips and tricks to maximize your search efficiency:
  • Use the tabs. ...
  • Use quotes. ...
  • Use a hyphen to exclude words. ...
  • Use a colon to search specific sites. ...
  • Find a page that links to another page. ...
  • Use the asterisk wildcard. ...
  • Find sites that are similar to other sites. ...
  • Use Google search to do math.

Why you shouldn't Google your name? ›

Googling Yourself Doesn't Reveal Your Position in the SERP

The search engine results take into account many factors to determine which pages you're shown and when you see certain ads. Your result is different from your boss's result, even if you use the same search query.

Will Google report illegal searches? ›

Google is not the police. In most cases, Google will not report suspicious searches unless circumstances call for it. Child pornography is a prime example. While Google isn't required to actively monitor illegal content, it may, however, report crimes such as child pornography.

Do a gravity trick Google? ›

When the homepage of Google is open on your smart devices, type 'google gravity' in the search panel. Do not click on the search button instantly. Instead of clicking on the search button, click the button that says I'm feeling lucky as soon as you do that you will see that the gravity google trick has been activated.

What is Google mirror? ›

elgooG (the word Google spelled backwards) is a mirrored website of Google Search with horizontally flipped search results, also known as a "Google mirror". It was created by All Too Flat "for fun", which started to gain popularity in 2002.

How do I do a Google flip? ›

Try typing Google in the search bar backwards (Elgoog) and clicking I'm Feeling Lucky. Google with flip and show everything backwards and upside down.

Is Googling a skill? ›

googling is a skill." Yes. CV is where you put skills which are the most relevant and interesting for the role. Since everyone has "googling", it shouldn't be there any more than "English Alphabet".

What does cheat mode do on Google? ›

If you do a voice search for "up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right", Google will speak back "Cheat mode unlocked. Unlimited free Google searches." Of course, Google searches are free (not counting ads and personal data) and unlimited anyway, but it is still a fun trick.

Does Google have a secret menu? ›

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Others are lurking in the background for us to discover! CLICK HERE to see a LIST of Googles Secret Menu. Google Secret MenuExtensions, Add-Ons, Experiments and more!

What is cloud secret? ›

Cloud secrets management refers to cloud-based methods and tools that organizations use to secure and manage their digital credentials like signatures and keys.

How do I find hidden games on Google? ›

6 Hidden Google Games You Can Play Now!
  1. Atari Breakout. Search for 'Atari Breakout' then click Images. ...
  2. Snake. Type 'Google Snake Game', hit enter, then click the top result. ...
  3. Zerg Rush. Type in 'Zerg Rush' then hit Enter. ...
  4. Google Earth Flight Simulator. ...
  5. Pacman. ...
  6. T Rex Dash.
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Do a barrel roll or Z or R twice? ›

The trick is homage to a 1997 Nintendo Game, Star Fox 64, where Peppy, the game's space rabbit tells Fox McCloud, the game's protagonist to "do a barrel roll", which you make him do by pressing 'z' or 'r' twice. Watch the video below for Peppy's "Do a barrel roll!'

What does the fox say trick? ›

"What does the fox say?" Searching for "what does the fox say?" using Google's voice search gives the horrible cackling responses that are in the song by Ylvis. Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!

How do I open advanced search? ›

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What are advanced search options? ›

Advanced search options are a set of filters offered by most search engines on the web. They narrow the scope of a search query to eliminate irrelevant information to help you find the exact content you're looking for. These filters aren't limited to websites like Google.

What does Advanced search mean? ›

What is an Advanced search? Advanced search is a full search of the entire dictionary text. It finds your term wherever it occurs in the dictionary. This could be in the form of an entry name, part of another word's definition, in a quotation, etc.

What are two types of advanced searches? ›

Advanced Search Techniques
  • What is Boolean Searching? Most searches will return too many or too few records. ...
  • Narrowing Searches. If your search returns too many records, you can narrow your search by adding more search terms. ...
  • Broadening Searches. ...
  • Proximity, Truncation and Wild Cards.

What is the purpose of Google advanced search? ›

What is Google Advanced Search. Google Advanced Search is a more detailed method of finding information on Google. It uses a variety of Google search operators that consists of special characters and commands – also known as “advanced operators” – that goes beyond a normal Google search.

Why would you use an advanced search? ›

The Advanced Search option allows you to perform more complex searches than a Standard Search. You can enter search terms across a number of fields and combine criteria with Boolean operators .

What is a broad keyword? ›

Basically, broad match is a keyword match type that search engines use to determine which search terms your ads are eligible to match against. It's called “broad” because it allows your ad to match the widest range of possible keyword searches that are still somewhat related to your keyword.

How do I add words to match keywords? ›

Phrase Match – If you enter your keyword in quotation marks, as in “tennis shoes,” your ad would be eligible to appear when a user searches on the phrase tennis shoes, in this order, and possibly with other terms before or after the phrase.

Do keywords have to be exact? ›

Do keywords have to be exact in 2020? No. Google now uses smart algorithms to match related terms based on user intent. Search is smart enough to serve the same content for related terms and alternate spellings, even when not an exact match query.

What are the advanced search techniques? ›

Advanced Search Techniques
  • What is Boolean Searching? Most searches will return too many or too few records. ...
  • Narrowing Searches. If your search returns too many records, you can narrow your search by adding more search terms. ...
  • Broadening Searches. ...
  • Proximity, Truncation and Wild Cards.

How do I do an advanced image search on Google? ›

Step 1: Go to images.google.com or click on the “Images” tab from a normal search. Step 2: Click on the gear icon in the top right-hand side corner. Step 3: Select advanced search from the drop-down menu. The advanced image search dashboard will load with more filter options to help you narrow down your search.

What are Google search operators? ›

Google search operators are special characters and commands (sometimes called “advanced operators”) that extend the capabilities of regular text searches. Search operators can be useful for everything from content research to technical SEO audits.

How do I get a .edu site on Google? ›

gov, and site:edu would search only sites ending in . edu. -XXXX Adding a minus/hyphen sign "-" to a term will remove results with that term. This can be very helpful when removing common words associated with your topic.

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