Guide : How to Efficiently Start Searching with Google

Google has the ability to search through billions of pages to supply you with the most relevant results for any search you desire. Google has different versions for different countries and, while they all work in basically the same way, by using the version for your home country you can be sure of both local and international results.

Searching with Google is easy ! You simply enter your search term e.g “cupcake recipes” on the Google page for your country and click the search button. Google will then display the results of the search in order of relevance. There are, however, serval ways to refine and target your search for even better results. In this post we are going to uncover the most essential tools and options to do the perfect Google search and hit the best results in 2020 and beyond.

Step by Step guide to Efficiently Start Searching with Google

Understading Google Search Results

When you perform a search on Google the results are split into two categories: Paid and Organic results. Paid results can be thought of more like adverts, with their position on the results page determined by how much the advertiser has paid. The organic results are those which are most relevant, respected or popular for your search term.

Google Search Results Types : 1 - Paid Results / 2 - Organic Results
Google Search Results Types : 1 – Paid Results / 2 – Organic Results

Searching Images and Videos

As well as being able to search for text in web pages, you can also search for images and videos amongst other things.

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Step 1

Open the Google search page for your country in your Internet browser. To perform a standard search, type your search term in the box and click Google Search.

Google Search Page
Google Search Page

Step 2

To perform a Voice search, using dictation, click the Microphone icon on the rig ht side of the Search bar and then simply say the subject you wish to search for on this screen, your speech will appear on screen and the search will start.

Perform a Voice search
Perform a Voice search

Step 3

The results will now be displayed on screen. At the top of the results page there are several links including Maps, News and Images. Click on the Images link.

Google Images Search Results
Google Images Search Results

Step 4

Image results for the original search term will now be displayed. Move the mouse over any of the images to see a short description, image dimensions and other image details.

Google Image Search Results : Click to see Details.
Google Image Search Results : Click to see Details.

Step 5

Alongside the search links (Web, Images, etc.) you will see a link for Search Tools. Clicking this will allow you to further refine your search by image size, date it was uploaded and image type.

Google Image Search : How to refine your search by image size, date it was uploaded and image type
Google Image Search : How to refine your search by image size, date it was uploaded and image type

Step 6

Clicking on the image will open it at a larger size and also display a link that will allow you to open the web page where the image was found. Click the image again to close the preview.

How to Efficiently Start Searching with Google Images
How to Efficiently Start Searching with Google Images

Step 7

To search for videos instead of images, click the More link and then select Videos from the menu that drops down. Videos have their own search tools, including duration and quality.

How to Efficiently Start Searching with Google Videos Search
How to Efficiently Start Searching with Google Videos Search

How to Safe Search with Google

Google features a Safe Search option which allows you to select the age rating of the search results. This applies to web search results, as well as images, videos and books and can help to remove sexually explicit content.

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No filter is 100 per cent accurate, but SafeSearch should help you avoid most of this type of material.

Step 1

Perform a search and check the results. If there are websites listed that you think are inappropriate, click the Setting link in the top right beneath the search bar and select Search Settings.

How to Efficiently Start Searching with Google : Using Google Safe Search Option
How to Efficiently Start Searching with Google : Using Google Safe Search Option

Step 2

At the top of the search settings screen you should see a Safe Search on/off link. Click the turn on Safe Search link to activate it. You can lock Safe Search on by selecting this option too.

Google Search Settings options
Google Search Settings options

Step 3

If you want the page to display all results, regardless of content, DO NOT activate Safe Search. If you have changed your mind you can deactivate via the Settings link at the top of the page.

Step 4

Your browser should remember the setting when you next use Google search. If you want to make sure that the safe search setting is not changed, you will have to sign in to a Google account.

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The Knowledge Graph

Certain Search terms (people, places, food or animals, for example) will activate the Google Knowledge Graph, This boxout, shown on the left of the standard search results, highlights facts, photos and other snippets of information about your search. Usethis section to find quick information and facts about the subject or to start exploring related subjects. Knowledge Graph results are gathered from a variety of sources, including Wikipedia, World Bank, Freebase, Google Maps and Weather Underground, to name but a few.

Google Knowledge Graph Results for query.
Google Knowledge Graph Results for query.

Using Google Advanced Search

After searching, while on the results page, notice the Setting link under the searchbar. Clicking this allows you to select Advanced Search from the dropdown menu. On the advanced Search screen you can refine your search even further so that the results only show pages which feature all the words in your search term, or by country and language. Once you have selected your advanced search options, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the blue Advanced Search Button.

Google Search Settings options
Google Search Settings options

Instant Updates

Based upon your search results, you will receive additional information that is relevent to the subject. For this example we searched for a sports team and results also shows their latest fixitures and results. Specific search results also contain a download pointing arrow at the end of the web link, click to show this.

Using Google As a Calculator and Converter

When you can’t be troubled to reach over and pick up the handheld calculator sitting on your desk, you can use Google as a high-tech web-based calculator the world’s most overly complex calculator, to be sure, but a calculator nonetheless.

But I jest. It’s actually quite convenient to enter an equation into the Google search box and get an answer right in your web browser. I’m not sure exactly why Google added this functionality to their site, but I know it’s getting a bit of usefrom me personally, if from no one else.

To use Google as a calculator, all you have to do is enter your equation or formula into the search box, and then click the Google Search button. The result of the calculation is displayed on the search results page, as shown in Image
To use Google as a calculator, all you have to do is enter your equation or formula into the search box, and then click the Google Search button. The result of the calculation is displayed on the search results page, as shown in Image
Addition : + or plus or and
Subtraction : - or minus
Multiplication : X or x or times *
Division : / or over or divided by

Google’s calculator isn’t limited to basic addition and multiplication. It can also handle more advanced calculations , trigonometric functions , inverse trigonometric functions (Table 14.4), hyperbolic functions, and logarithmic functions . If you know what these functions are, we assume you know the proper way to use them. If you don’t, then get yourself a good math book or don’t bother with them.

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