Recently, while searching for something on Google, I ran into a search-engine wall. Frustrated, I typed into the search bar, “How to search on Google” and discovered that Google’s Help Center actually has an article by that name. Really. Here are five tips (and some links) Google thinks will help you find your answer quicker.

Tip 1: Start with the basics

Start with a simple version of the search. Ask, “where's the closest airport?” instead of, “Where is the airport in Los Angeles?” If your simple search doesn’t work, add more description. And you don’t need to put your search in the form of a question — Simply type bakery seattle.

Tip 2: Search with your voice

Just say Ok Google or select the microphone icon. Learn more about how to search with your voice.

Tip 3: Choose words carefully

Use search worlds that are likely to appear on the site you’re looking for. Instead of saying my head hurts, say headache. And say Apple fruit instead of Apple computer.

Tip 4: Don’t worry about spelling

Google’s spell checker automatically uses the most common spelling of a given word, whether or not you spell it correctly. The same advicegoes for capitalization. Just search for Nashville not nashville.

Tip 5: Find quick answers

Sometimes, Google will show an answer to your question while you are still typing in the question. However, some features, like information about sports teams, aren’t available in all regions. Here are some more “quick answer” tips.

  • Weather: Search weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name, like weather seattle, to find weather for a certain place.
  • Dictionary: Put define in front of any word to see its definition. 
  • Calculations: Enter a math equation like 3*9123, or solve complex graphing equations.
  • Unit conversions: Enter any conversion, like 3 dollars in euros.
  • Sports: Search for the name of your team to see a schedule, game scores and more. 
  • Quick facts: Search for the name of a celebrity, location, movie, or song to find related information. 

Expert Search tips

Want more tips? Here are some advanced search techniques Google has created just for you.


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