14 tips to Google like a pro

Sep 09, 2022

Google is one of the most powerful tools, and believe it or not, Googling is one of the most important skills out there. Here are some handy tips to master it.

Tip #1: Search for an exact word or phrase

Use quotes to search for an exact word or phrase.

"what is kubernetes"

Tip #2: Excluding a word

The minus sign allows you to specify words that shouldn’t appear in your results. Use - to exclude words.

hover over an element -css

Tip #3: Site search

The site: operator allows you to perform a search within the specified site.

site:geeksforgeeks.org merge sort

Keep a Domain Out of Search:

Tired of seeing Wikipedia articles on your search results? Use -site:wikipedia.org before your search term to remove results from that site.

Tip #4: Asterisk(*)

The asterisk is a wildcard that can match any word. Use * for missing words or phrases.

build a todo app with *

Tip #5: File type

The filetype: operator allows you to search for files specific to a type. Some available types: pdf, ppt, doc, xls

filetype:pdf how to learn react

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Tip #6: Word definitions

Use the following search trick to find an inline definition:

define:machine learning

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Tip #7: Use ~ to search for a word and all its synonyms

How to increase font-size of paragraph ~tag

Tip #8: Use OR to perform multiple searches

how to code in C# OR how to program in C#

Tip #9: Related

Use related to finding sites that are similar to the specified site.

related: udemy.com

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Tip #10: Number range

Use ... to search within a range of numbers

Updated css course 2020...2021

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Tip #11: Time range

javascript after:2021
javascript before:2019

Tip #12: +

Using + will return pages that contain both words

JavaScript Oops+React

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Tip #13: AND

Use to get results that must contain some given words.


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Tip #14: All words In text

If you want to find a web page that includes every word of your search query, you can put allintext: followed by the words and/or phrases you want to search.

allintext: CSS fundamentals like the box model, cascade and specificity

Bonus tips


You can use Google search to translate words and phrases from one language to another.

translate perfect to Italian


You can pull up a timer within Google by typing an amount of time followed by the word timer.

5 min timer


You can also pull up a stopwatch within Google simply by typing stopwatch.

Further reference:

🔗 Google Search Operators: The Complete List (42 Advanced Operators)

🔗 Use Google like a pro

🔗 Google's Advanced search

Thanks for reading, hope you all enjoyed this post. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks 🥳

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