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Use Google like a pro

denicmarko profile image Marko Denic ・1 min read

Googling is one of the most important skills for every developer.

Let me show you how to get better at Googling.

Let's start!

1 . Use quotes to force an exact-match search:

"what is javascript"

Exact Match

2 . AND operator will return only results related to both terms:

html AND css

AND operator

3 . You can use the OR operator to get the results related to one of the search terms

(javascript OR python) free course

OR opeator

4 . - operator will exclude results that contain a term or phrase:

javascript -css

Minus operator

5 . You can use the (*) wildcards as placeholders, which will be replaced by any word or phrase.

"how to start * in 6 months"

Wildcard operator

6 . Search inside a single website:

site:freecodecamp.org

Site operator

7 . You can also use a very useful feature that helps to find a specific file type.

filetype:pdf learn css

Search by filetype

8 . Search for a range of numbers:

ecmascript 2016..2018

Search by number range

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Habdul Hazeez • Edited

In addition,

You can use | in place of OR. e.g JavaScript | HTML

Google search result for JavaScript and HTML

The ext is also a substitute for filetype

Google search result for JavaScript PDF documents

Limit search to a domain e.g .com, .edu, .org e.t.c

Google search results for performance of web applications

You can go really weird by combining operators and search terms that will perform a pinpoint search.

JavaScript|HTML|CSS filetype:pdf -"framework" site:edu

When I have the time, I'll write a more comprehensive post about Google searching.

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stereobooster

| is OR operation

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Habdul Hazeez

Thanks for the correction. I updated my comment.

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Daniel Branco

Will try to make a good Anki deck with all these tips, make it easy to everyone to study this.

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Martin Häusler

Keep in mind that the - for exclusion can really bite you when you look for linux commands including flags (eg. ls -a) because you'll end up with all the pages that do NOT contain the flag you were looking for... 😂 A personal facepalm moment.

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Łukasz Kliś

You can work around it and search for "ls -la". :D

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Martin Häusler

That's true. I just didn't realize that when it happened the first time around. After things became clear, I was laughing like a maniac XD

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bravemaster619

thanks for the links

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Daniel Leong 🇸🇬

When you are setting up a new site, beware of any public accessible file that could be index by google.

In the past, that is how hackers are able to retrieve password files.
The google search is a double edge sword.

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HaxNet

Switch to a privacy search engine instead.

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Oskar Pietrucha

I love the currency calculations tool as well with the time calculations. For example 100 USD to EUR and it will return you the valid value with latest exchange rate.
For time calculations I love to use it e.g. like this: '(1 hour 25 minutes + 33 minutes - 8 minutes) = '. Keep in mind that you need provide the "=" sign to make it work. It's also useful while converting the units eg '3 hours 44 minutes to minutes' or '8 inches to cm'

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nguyenit67

Thank you so much!!

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Marko Denic Author

Glad you like it. Enjoy!

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Designer Anna

Using search queries under "quotes" for precise results is the best one and really a pro tip. ✌🏼
Thanks to share this. 🎁

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Bikash9609

Very helpful, thanks.

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Marko Denic Author

My pleasure!

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Gopal

Hello, may I translate your article into Chinese?I would like to share it with more developers in China. I will give the original author and original source.

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Marko Denic Author

Sure. No problem.

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ManuTheCoder

Wow! Very useful tips!

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Jules Parra • Edited

i knew about the first once but i'm sure the rest will come in handy as i'm working on new projects with python and SQL - thanks!

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femolacaster

Thank you.

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Dominik Gorczyca

It's awesome article but how do you exclude a phrase, it seems I can only exclude one word at a time.

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Habdul Hazeez

I searched with the keyword: javascript tutorial taking note of the phrase: building tutorials with lots of examples as seen in the image below:

Search result on Google for the keyword javascript tutorial

Then I excluded it by combining the exclusion sign i.e. - and exact word matching character i.e. the double quotes which gives us: javascript tutorial -"building tutorials with lots of examples".

This produces different results excluding that phrase as seen in the image below:

Google search result excluding the phrase "building tutorials with lots of examples"

You should know that in the first search without the exclusion the search result was 1.2 billion, and with the exclusion it's 3.2 billion.

I hope this helps.

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Kiev Andres

Impressive, thanks!

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Al Nahian

Wow, really impressive!

Thank you so much for your brilliant tips.

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Leon

That's helpful. Thanks

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Stokry

Nice one!

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Lalit Patil

Thanks for this.

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Marko Denic Author

My pleasure. Thanks for reading.

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Gealber Morales

Really useful

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Marko Denic Author

Thanks a lot!

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JoaoCardoso193

Great post, thanks for sharing!

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Youngsuk Kim

Thanks

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Richard Joseph

Shucks, you gave away all the juicy secrets, I've been using all of the above for YEARS now, told a few colleagues over the years, yes, all VERY useful ;-)

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Surajv

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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Anthony Hoss

Cool tips, thanks for sharing:)

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Leena Iren

Ohho, you are look like an SEO guy! Thanks.

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http.lucasReis • Edited

Thanks for this post, it's really improved my searches

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Shohruh Mamdaliyev

Thank you bro! It is very usefull.

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Elyess Eleuch

Helpful, thanks