If you’re anything like me, you probably use Google more than any other resource when it comes to getting homework done, writing papers, and researching topics. There are so many tricks available in Google search that you may not be aware of, though! Here are five Google tips and tricks that every student should know about. You’ll be shocked at how much easier Google can make your life!
1) Open in Google Chrome
As a student, there are a few things you should know how to do on Google. Here are five tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of the world’s most popular search engine. -Google Chrome: You can create shortcuts for your favorite sites using Chrome’s bookmark tool so they’re just one click away when you open up the browser.
-Create an account: Registering for an account lets you save bookmarks and sync your browsing history between devices so you don’t have to remember what sites were open where when.
-Google Search Options: Google allows for lots of flexibility in their search queries, so it’s worth learning about some of the various ways you can use it.
-Look Up Words with Definitions or Translations: There’s more than one way to look up words!
2) Add Bookmarks to your Search Engine
Bookmarks are a great way to keep track of websites you visit frequently. You can add bookmarks to your search engine by clicking on the star icon next to the website’s URL. Once you’ve saved a bookmark, you can access it by clicking on the Bookmarks button in your browser’s toolbar.
Here are five of my favorite bookmarks that I use every day Bing Dictionary – this tool is especially helpful for looking up definitions quickly.
Finance Tool – this tool lets you look up stock quotes and currency conversions in real time.
Google Scholar – this is an excellent resource for students who need to find academic articles related to their research topics.
Thesaurus – this handy tool will help expand your vocabulary with synonyms for words that may not be so familiar. I also like using the Translate feature which translates words from one language into another (see below).
3) Search for the Exact Phrase
One of my favorite tips is to use quotation marks around a phrase to search for that exact phrase. This can be really helpful when you’re trying to find a specific piece of information or want to make sure you’re getting results that are relevant to what you’re looking for.
Let’s say I wanted to look up a quote from Henry David Thoreau. I would type Thoreau quotes into the search bar, then hit enter. You’ll notice that not only did it pull up all of the quotes by Thoreau, but it also pulled up the exact quote I was looking for! It’s so much easier than typing in quotes, then searching through the page because this will pull up the whole page just with what you were searching for! (1) Ctrl+F:
When I’m reading an essay and need to quickly find something, one of my go-to strategies is to type Ctrl+F on the keyboard. Doing this opens up a text box where you can search any word or phrase on the page and jump right to it! For example, if I want to know who James Madison was at the beginning of an essay about our founding fathers, all I have to do is press Ctrl+F and type James Madison in order for him to pop right up as a highlighted word on my screen. And as long as there are no typos involved, hitting Enter should take me straight over there!
4) Use Keyboard Shortcuts
If you want to be a real Google pro, you need to start using keyboard shortcuts. They’ll help you navigate faster and get things done more efficiently. Here are five of my favorites Ctrl+L – Toggles between URL bar and search bar. Tab – Enters the next link in the address bar. Shift+Tab – Enters the previous link in the address bar.
Ctrl+K – Opens up Google’s advanced search menu, where you can find what you’re looking for with less work. Ctrl+F or F3 – Moves cursor to the Find field on any page and opens it up so that you can quickly enter your query without having to move your mouse there first! And last but not least: Crtl+P or F7 – When reading a page with many links on it, this shortcut will take you back one page at a time until reaching the original page.
It’s a handy way to stay on track when you’re clicking through different pages. You should also know about these two other shortcuts (1) Ctrl+T or F6 – When reading an entire page, this shortcut takes you forward one page at a time until reaching the end of the page. (2) Crtl+B or F8 – Hides all tabs except for the active tab.
There are tons of shortcuts available online that do all sorts of things like open up new tabs, delete rows from browser history and much more. I’ve found that mastering these 5 is enough to make me feel like an expert user!
5) Sign out of Multiple Accounts
If you’re signed into multiple Google accounts, you can easily switch between them without having to sign out and back in each time. Just click your profile picture or avatar in the top right corner of any page, then select the account you want to use. This is especially handy if you have a personal Gmail account and a school-issued one.
You don’t need to keep signing out of one and signing into the other–just remember which account you were using before switching! That way, when you log out of one and sign into another, you’ll see all the emails from both accounts in the main inbox tab. I also like that I can still access my YouTube channel and other Google services with my work account so I’m not going crazy trying to manage two separate login sessions.
There’s even an option for multiple sign-in where I can be logged into as many accounts as I want at once! Pretty cool.