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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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.

Narrow down your results

Usually you can find what you're looking for on the first page of Google results, but if you need something very specific - say, a page that was published in the last 24 hours - click the new Show Options link above your search results. Among other features available is the interactive Wonder Wheel, a spidering graphical representation of queries related to yours.

Navigate results from your keyboard

Google's Experimental Search page is full of fun experiments from the search giant. One of the best is the Keyboard shortcuts experiment, which adds Gmail-like keyboard shortcuts to Google search results; for example, pressing ‘j' or ‘k' moves you up or down, respectively, between results.

Google search shortcuts

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Find a killer desktop wallpaper

Google Image Search is a familiar go-to resource for users seeking new wallpaper, but finding wallpaper that fits your desktop is much easier than you may realise. Go to the Google Advanced Image Search page, and click 'Use my desktop size' link to automatically search for images that exactly fit your desktop dimensions.

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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.

Square your results

If you're a hardcore data nerd, give Google Squared a try. This new search tool returns results as structured data in a spreadsheet to help you get a bird's-eye view of the data contained in the results. Search for ‘DSLR cameras', for example, to compare and contrast prices and resolutions for digital SLRs.

Google Squared

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Quick Local Searches

Thanks to Jim Muller, Google software engineer, for this one: "I'm really happy with how easy it is to use local search on Google. Just search for the kind of store you want - restaurants, for example.

"We guess your location, and show restaurants near you. It's one of my favourite of our lesser known search tips: http://www.google.com/landing/searchtips."

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