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7 ways to get better search results with Google

Improve online search with these expert tips

Google spiders and catalogues an immense amount of data from all over the internet, every day. The tips and tools here will help you find and organise just what you want, just how you want it, using Google.

The nice people at Google have invented multiple ways to make their core product - internet search - even better. The tips and tricks below will help you improve the precision of the search results Google provides - and use far fewer keystrokes to get them.

Get to know search operators

Google made its name by delivering powerful search results in response to queries of any level of sophistication, but learning to use Google's search operators can really hone your Google-fu.

The Google Help Cheat Sheet rounds up some of the finest, such as define: (for quick dictionary lookups), site: (to return results from a specific website), and OR (as in 'pc OR advisor').

Google cheat sheet

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Convert nearly any measurement

Aside from working as a simple calculator, Google is also a great tool for converting units of measure. Need to know how many ounces are in a cup? Enter ounces in a cup in Google. Or try something exotic, like how many furlongs are in a league. Google can handle it.

Google Calculator

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