Have you ever gotten frustrated after combing through search results that aren’t even related to what you’re seeking?
Or how about having to repeatedly press the back button in Google Chrome to find that website you saw about eight pages ago?
Google is loaded with tips and tricks that make it easier to search for content and navigate websites.
Even if you’ve read dozens of tip articles and claim you’re a Google expert, chances are there are a few hidden gems you’ve yet to uncover.
Here are a few hacks that will help you zip around Google Search and Google Chrome like a pro.
Use two periods to set a range in Google Search
When shopping, most people are seeking items within a designated price range. Google allows you to set this range by typing two periods between numbers. This cuts down on the keystrokes needed to perform your search and cuts down words, making it easier for Google to pull up exact results. For example, if you’re trying to find a camera between $US50 and $US100, you’d type “camera $US50..$100” as shown above.
Hold the back browser button to see your history
You don’t need to click the back button a million times to navigate back a few pages. Just hover your cursor over the back button and hold the left click button down. This will pull up the last several pages you’ve visited along with an option to view your full history.
Use the OR operator to search Google
Sometimes you need to quickly find search results that only contain one word in your search query. Without using the OR operator, Google will automatically retrieve results with both terms. For example, if you’re trying to search for restaurants in Brooklyn or Queens, use the OR operator to find places to eat in both boroughs. Without it, you’ll end up with a search result such as Queens Italian Restaurant in Brooklyn.
Use an asterisk to replace words in Google Search
If you’re in a rush or simply can’t remember a word in a phrase you’d like to search for, use an asterisk in its place. This will tell Google to fill in the blanks. Of course, with autocomplete you rarely need to type out a full phrase as it is. But there are some instances in which this shortcut could come in handy, such as when you want to find the lyrics to an obscure song.
Use the URL bar instead of going to Google.com
You don’t need to head over to Google.com to search the Web in Google Chrome. Simply type your search query into the same bar you use for entering website addresses.
Browse in Incognito Mode to avoid tracking your history
Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode allows you to browse the Web without keeping track of your history. This doesn’t mean you’re invisible, however. Employers and service providers will still be able to see what you’re doing, but the browser won’t record your history. This can be useful when you’re logging in to a computer you don’t regularly use, such as at a friend’s house or at the library. It also saves time since you don’t have to clear your history after browsing.
Middle-click a tab in the Chrome browser to close it instantly
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with tabs in Chrome. If you’ve got too many tabs open, you can press the middle button or scroll wheel on your mouse to immediately close a tab you’re not using.
Look for the speaker symbol on tabs
When you’ve got a million tabs open and can’t tell where sound is coming from, keep an eye out for the little speaker symbol on any tabs you’ve got open. This will tell you if there’s a video, song or any other type of audio playing from that website.