Google search is usually used in it’s non-advance form, just putting the keyword in box and hit enter. After that Google does rest of the magic. You might have heard the most polite google user, the sweet Nan who is putting “Thank you” and “please” in every google searches. Google even praises 86-year-old for polite internet searches.

Luckily there is still faster and advance way of getting your search done without being too polite with Google. There are advance tips, tricks and technique in google which can be used to achieve the custom or filtered searches in google.

As in fast moving lifestyle everything need to be done efficiently, this is even true for Google Search.There are many hidden secret in Google search, knowing those tips, tricks and techniques can make you the master at doing Google search, as you will be able to focus on your search by narrowing it down with advanced google operators.

By getting you acquainted with these advanced searches tips and tricks we are making sure that you will be able to find the hidden information rather easily, for instance looking for a specific information or keyword in the website. Also, Searching for a specific word phrase in url or negating some of the keyword while searching will be easier for you. This kind of search is known as Google Advanced Search technique and tricks.

With these right tricks and techniques you can find right results…

Google advanced search is used for specific complex searches, which are not easily accessible through simple Google search. Advance google search option has some requirements about your desired search for a better result rather than simple one.

Example:

  • Medical universities of certain cities.
  • Searching a book with a specific title, heading, description or author.
  • Google advanced search has more accurate and filtered result than normal search. Google advanced search works on special Input queries.

Why we use advanced google search?

Google advanced search option provides more favorable results in less time.
Google advanced search helps you find accurate result.

We are going to give you a lot of google’s advanced search tips and techniques right here. These techniques will help you to find your result more accurately in a very short time.

Google Advanced search options

1. Search in Page Title

Title page tag is an HTML tag for a web page, it defines what page is about. If you are dealing with coffee machine and want to know more about your competitors in the similar domain, you can search in the page title and see what kind of product do they have.

Example

  • allintitle: ‘place your search query here’
  • intitle: ‘place your search query here’

How to use
Searching for “best coffee machine” in title page

2. Search in anchor text

Anchor text is a hyperlink text, which is shown as highlighted in a blog or web page. Like you can hyperlink a productivity technique text in your blog.
User google searches you can even search in the anchor text which is hyperlinked, this is one of the technique for SEO which is used quite heavily to gain more points from google when comes to page ranking.

Here is how you can search in anchor text
Example

  • allinanchor: ‘place your search query here’
  • inanchor: ‘place your search query here’

How to use:

3. Search in URL

If you are writing a blog, it will be good to know what are the existing blogs out there with similar keywords or title, the best to do is to search in the URL of blogs or website, you can use the bellow “allinurl” for this purpose

Example

  • allinurl: ‘place your search query here’
  • inurl: ‘place your search query here’

How to use

4. Search Missing Words

Find missing words in phrases by using star technique. Just place the star signs around the missing words.
How to use

  • better to be *pirate then*
  • What can we gain you *if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates*

5. Search Result By Time

Google “search result by time” technique allows you to find your result in a specific time period. Like if you are a follower of a blog, but you missed last month’s posts then this trick help you to find only previous one month posts.
First, search your query then after result adds “&tbs=qdr:h” at the end of SERP URL.
Example

  • &tbs=qdr:m – Results from past month,

How to use:

  • Search your result first like site: yodiz.com scrum
  • After result appearance add the code (&tbs=qdr:m) in search result url

Some other options

  • &tbs=qdr:s – Results from past sec,
  • &tbs=qdr:n – Results from past minute,
  • &tbs=qdr:h – Results from past hour,
  • &tbs=qdr:d – Results from past day,
  • &tbs=qdr:w – Results from past week,
  • &tbs=qdr:y – Results from past year,

6. Search Result by Date

You can also search your desired result in a specific date range. After searching your result place the operator bellow at the end of url.


Example

  • &tbs=cdr:1,cd_min:(Start Date),cd_max:(End Date)

How to use:

  • &tbs=cdr:1,cd_min:1/01/2010,cd_max:2/06/2012

7. Search using TO or OR

If you want to search result with several keywords then use word “TO” or “OR”.
How to use:

  • football worldcup 2009 to 2016
  • agile or scrum -rugby

8. Translate Quickly

If you need the translation of words then this simple google advanced search trick helps you a lot.
Example

  • translate [word] to [language]

How to use:

  • Translate “how are you” to spanish

9. Looking For Comparison

You can easily find comparison of two different product

How to use:

  • Italy VS Germany
  • EU vs UK

10. Exclude From Search Result

If you are searching for something and don’t want certain information appear in your search then use “-” before the keyword to excluded in search.

Related...

How to use

  • SW development methodologies -waterfall
  • best agile books -site:www.amazon.com

11. Search for Differences

If you are searching difference between two words, then simply put the “ “|”” between two titles.
How to use:

  • Agile “|” waterfall

12. Quick Calculation

If you are in a restaurant and want to know about tip percentage of the bill, then this simple google advanced search calculator will help you a lot.

How to use:

  • Tip calculator

13. Online Timer

Search online timer on google by simply type timer.

14. Search for Title, Text in a Site

To Find Specific Title, Text on Site easy this trick.
Find those pages whose titles are “Agile”, text of the page is scrum and find on yodiz.com site only.

Example

  • intext:(Query) intitle:(Query) site:(Site URL)

How to use

  • intext:scrum intitle:Agile site:yodiz.com
  • intext:coffee intitle:chocolate – site:*.com

15. Search Time

If you want to know about the exact time of your location then type “time” and city name simply in google search box..

How to use
Time Oklahoma

16. Know Your IP Address

Search your IP address by just simply type IP address in google search box.
IP address

Search By Location

If you want to find a specific result like best IT universities in USA the replace this code in your search engine box. Find a specific result on a specific location:

How to use:

  • USA: “Film Schools”

17. Convert Counting

If you want to convert a big amount of counting in english then use this simple easy trick.
Example

  • Counting= Language

How to use

  • 11,200,670,000= Eleven billion two hundred million six hundred seventy thousand

18. Search Related Sites

If you are a chef and want to search other sites for recipes, or you are fond of reading blogs and searching more blogs then use this trick to find more similar sites.

Example

  • Related: ‘place your search query here’

How to use

  • Related: bestbuy.com
  • related: producthunt.com

19. Search Origin Of Word

If you are looking of any words origin then simply type Etymology before the word.

Example

  • Etymology (Word, Name, Place)

How to use

  • Etymology admiral

20. Specific Complex Search

If you want to find a result from a specific site with a specific phrase, and exclude some keywords also, and want to search in a specific time period then alter this given trick to your search.

  • Site:techcrunch.com ”mobile”-apple 2014..2015

21. Search By File Type

Find PDF documents with a specific topic.


How to use

  • filetype:pdf Scrum vs kanban
  • Filetype:doc (Search Query)
  • Filetype:ps (Search Query)
  • Filetype:doc (Search Query)
  • Filetype:xls (Search Query)
  • Filetype:ppt (Search Query)
  • Filetype:rtf (Search Query)

22. Search By Domain Extension

If you are looking a special government, educational or training site then use this technique to get more efficient way.
How to use

  • site:.org OR site:.edu OR site:.gov “cancer research”

23. Search On a Specific Site

If you want to search a specific result from a specific site then use this technique.

How to use

  • site mit.edu admissions

24. Find Recipes

If you are fond of eating or want to search any food item then use the given trick to get more accurate result.
Example
Recipe site: ‘place your search query here’
How to use

  • recipe site: ratatouille

25. Search Site Cache

If you want to search any site cache then simply type cache: now place site address.

26. Search for Exact Phrase

Use quotation marks for an exact phrase search, with same words in the same order.
Place quotation marks (“) around the phrase you’d like to search for.

How to use

  • “31 Most Common Bad SEO Mistakes and Practices To Avoid”

27. Online Stopwatch

Search online stopwatch on google by simply type stopwatch.

Source: This article was published yodiz.com By Yodiz Team

Categorized in Search Techniques

Google is the search engine that we all know and love, but most of us are barely scratching the surface of what this amazing tool can really accomplish. In this article, we're going to look at eleven little-known Google search tricks that will save you time, energy, and maybe even a little bit of cash. Some of these are just for fun (like making Google do a barrel roll), others can help you make better purchasing decisions, take major shortcuts, or dig up information on your favorite band, author, or even favorite foods.

Don't buy it until you Google it

shopping

When you're looking to purchase something from your favorite e-commercestore on the Web, don't click on that final checkout button until you've searched for the name of the store plus the word coupon. These promo codes can help you get free shipping, a percentage off your purchase, or entitle you to future savings. It's always worth a look!

Find works from your favorite authors and artists

books

Find all the books your favorite author has ever written simply by typing in "books by", then your author's name. You can do this with albums ("albums by") as well. This is a great way to find past works (or future works) that you might not be aware of.

Find the origins of common words

dictionary

Find out the origins - or etymology - of a specific word by typing in the word plus "etymology. For example, if you type in "flour etymology" you'll see that it is Middle English: a specific use of flower in the sense ‘the best part,’ used originally to mean ‘the finest quality of ground wheat’....The spelling flower remained in use alongside flour until the early 19th cent."

Compare the nutritional value of one food with another

Recipe
Credit: Alexandra Grablewski

Not sure if that piece of pizza is going to be better for you than say a cup of broccoli? Ask Google to compare the nutritional value by typing in "pizza vs. broccoli", or anything else you'd like to compare. Google will come back with all pertinent nutritional and caloric information - it's up to you what you choose to do with that information, of course.

Listen to songs by your favorite artist

Music

If you want to listen to a particular song by your favorite artist, or maybe even explore their discography, just type in "artist" and "songs", i.e., "Carole King songs". You'll get a complete list of songs, plus videos and biographical information. You can also listen to the songs right there within your Web browser; note that this feature isn't always available for all artists.

Find what those symptoms are similar to

medical

Type in something you're experiencing health-wise, and Google will list out similar diagnoses based on what you're experiencing. For example, a search for "headache with eye pain" brings back "migraine", "cluster headache", "tension headache", etc. NOTE: This information is not meant to substitute for that of a licensed medical provider.

Use Google as a timer

Timer

Credit: Flashpop

Need to keep those cookies from burning while you're browsing your favorite sites? Simply type "set timer for" whatever amount of minutes you're looking to keep track of and Google will run it in the background. If you attempt to close the window or tab that is running the timer, you'll get a popup alert asking if you really want to do that.

Make Google do tricks

barrel roll

There are a multitude of fun tricks that you can make Google do with just a couple simple instructions:

  • Type in "do a barrel roll" or "Z or R twice", and Google will rotate the results page a full 360 degrees. 
  • Type in "tilt" or "askew", and your page 'leans' to the right a bit. Searching for anything else via Google puts it back to where it was.
  • Type in  "zerg rush" and your search page returns with 'O's eating the search results. Clicking each 'O' three times stops this.

Find the roster of any sports team

Get a detailed roster breakdown of your favorite sports team simply by typing in "team roster" (substituting the name of your team for the word "team"). You'll see a full-page color roster, with player information.

Find a quote

Use quotation marks to search for an exact quote and its origin. For example, if you knew the partial lyrics to a song, but weren’t sure of the singer or the songwriter, you could simply frame the snippet that you did know in quotation marks and plug it into Google. More often than not, you’ll receive the full song lyrics as well as author, when it was first released, and other identifying information.

Find related sites

top ten search tips

Using Google, you can use a little known command that will bring up sites related to a specified site. This comes in handy especially if you really enjoy a particular site, and you’d like to see if there are others that are similar. Use “related:” to find sites that are similar; for example, “related:nytimes.com”.

 Source: This article was published lifewire.com By Wendy Boswell

Categorized in Search Engine

ISPs and providers can now sell your personal data thanks to the U.S. Congress. Here’s what you can do to maintain your online privacy.

ISPs and providers can now sell your data and browser histories. The U.S. Congress sold you out. If you had any browsing dignity, you don’t now. Too bad you couldn’t pay the legislators as much as the data wolves.

You should have been doing these things all along, but now it’s time to decide just how much dignity you have. Most of you won’t bother. This isn’t for you. Click away, and go surf.

For those remaining, take these privacy tips seriously.

1. Educate yourself about cookies and clean them out regularly

For some of you, this means a daily cleanout. What you DO NOT clean out (will cause you hassles) are cookies associated with financial institutions. They will put you through a drill when they don’t find the cookie that they like. Scrape them. Every browser has the ability to do this, with Chrome being the most difficult. But we’re not surprised because it’s from Google—the company whose very life depends on knowing information about you.

2. Use two, or even three, browsers 

You can divide your cookies up this way. I use Firefox for business. Chrome for Facebook and, when I absolutely must, for gmail—as I volunteer for an organization that uses it extensively because they’re dirt poor. You still have to clean each browser. Add the EFF’s Privacy Badger to each. For fun, run Ghostery and Privacy Badger to catch it all.

3. Disable Flash or option it 

Use Flash only when you must. When you use a Flash blocker, you can often run web pages without it. Examples include United Airlines and PayPal. The only time you should use Flash is if a page refuses to load without it. Flash can suck enormous amounts of historical data from your browser in a heartbeat. 

4. Change your DNS server 

When you type https://www.facebook.com, the first thing that happens is your browser asks a DNS server for Facebook’s current IP address. Every request you make of a browser is looked up in this way. And most cable broadband services and ISPs use DNS servers that log your every search. Surprise! 

Everywhere you go, the time and your personally identifiable IP address become logged to serve up as tasty data for those that would abuse it. Change it. Every operating system does this differently. Look up how to do it. DO NOT USE GOOGLE’S DNS server. Use one that doesn’t log you. The DNS.Watch servers do not log requests. They’re not especially fast or slow, in my experience. Comcast, by contrast, will eat your DNS request information up to seven times before giving your browser the actual answer in my experience. There are DNS servers. Stop the DNS logging; one more garden hose you put your heel into. 

5. Lose search engines that track you. Now

Yep, Google, Bing and Yahoo track you. Instead use DuckDuckGo.com. They don’t track. You can proxy requests that aren’t tracked to each of these from DuckDuckGo. Stop feeding the demons.

The biggie search engines have a business model built upon serving you pimped/paid-for results, and noting exactly what you searched for so that you can be served up ads—and eventually your IP address and browsing habits can be correlated into dossiers on you and your search history. Often these can also be used to conflate “things” or characteristics about you, and you have no redress when they make mistakes. You built Google’s billions. It wasn’t because Google was benign. 

6. Use the Tor browser(s) 

The Onion Router/TOR uses a network within a network to obscure the origin of requests made of the network. It puts you on radar because it behaves differently, but it does provide a degree of anonymity. It’s not perfect, and I suspect it’s been cracked, but only by the governmental spooks who don’t sell your data. At least I hope they don’t. 

7. Remove your information on websites

Some sites will allow you to delete your personally identifiable information and search histories. Looking at you, Google. Go to these sites. Carefully follow the instructions regarding deleting your history. Then return later, and make sure it’s gone. Unfortunately, this is a rinse-repeat item, as sometimes histories magically return. Oh, gosh! That shouldn’t happen. 

8. If you have the luxury, change ISPs

You may be captive to Charter, AT&T, Google, Comcast, etc. But if you live in an area with multiple providers, change. Why? You get a good deal for being a new subscriber (watch contract details). And the ISP you currently have is no longer able to vacuum all of the details you generate in using internet services. Their data has gaps and isn’t as valuable.

9. Use virtual machines

Yes, running a virtual machine for the sole purpose of disguising a browser works. It’s a different browser and is typified from an analytics perspective as possibly a different user. Clean each VM’s history just like you would above, and use the same techniques mentioned above as well. It makes life more difficult for the data grazers.

10. Modify your browser as little as possible

Browsers are typified into single individuals by weird things such as font mix, add-ins and extensions. The less a browser is messed with, the less unique it is. Uniqueness helps personal identification and correlation of analytical data captured at websites about the browser. Be generic.

Finally, use https log-ons only. There are so many reasons to do this. Freedom and dignity are important. Exercise them.

Source: This article was published networkworld.com By Tom Henderson

Categorized in Internet Privacy

Summary: Google offers a plain and simple interface, but hides many powerful tricks and tools under the hood. These tips and tricks will allow you to make better searches, do better research and search for useful content easily and conveniently than ever before.

In the today’s Internet world, Google is the new interface to the web and its websites. Gone are the days when scholars and researchers put in some words, and it searches the volumes of indexed data to help them in scholarly or research works. Now is the time when everyone starts the web with Google.

Google Search or Google has become a teacher, assistant, knowledge archiver, and God knows what more than a simple search engine. It collects data from all over the Internet, looks for meaningful information and stores the knowledge in its data centers to provide it later in most simple yet useful forms to the people. It also provides various tips and tricks, search options and special features to make better and effective searches; and that’s what we’re going to share in this article.

These tips and tricks for Google Search will help you search smarter and find what you’re looking for easily and conveniently than ever before. These will increase your productivity at making online researches, and you will feel the web’s information on your fingertips. The tips and tricks are grouped in sections or categories to improve accessibility and readability. Let’s dive in.

Basic Google Search Tips and Tricks for Better Search Experience

Search by Voice

Google allows you to make voice searches. If you’re browsing Google on its Chrome browser or using Google application on Android or iOS, then you can click on the Microphone button and directly speak to Google what you’re looking for, and it shows the results after receiving the input from you.

Search by Voice

Search by Image

Google can’t only search for words but also for images. You can now use a photo of your friend to search more of his/her photos. The simple trick is to click the Camera button in the search bar of Google Images, and paste an image URL or upload a picture from your system to make an image search. You can also find some more alternative reverse image search engines here.

Search by Image

Open Google.com

www.google.com/ncr can be used to open Google.com to make better global searches or try the various new or experimental features that are available only on google.com. You can also click “Use Google.com” on Google’s bottom-right corner to achieve the same result. However, it’s only present there if you tried opening google.com but got redirected to your country’s local Google page.

Make Private Searches

Google in spite of its vast features don’t seem fit for privacy enthusiasts because of the tracking concerns. An alternative – Startpage (also known as lxquick) – allows you to make Google searches without worrying about its tracking or other privacy problems. It shows searches from the Google but don’t track your IP address or your locationinfo or such.

Make Private Searches

Search Applications

You can ask Google to help find smartphone applications for you. Click More > Appsto check out the applications based on your search query. You can also install apps right to your Android device after signing in to your Google account for Play Store.

Search Applications

Customize your Search Settings

Search Settings can be opened by clicking on Settings at bottom right of Google’s homepage. You can customize your search settings as per your requirements to get more out of Google results. SafeSearch can be used to block explicit results, and you can even ask Google to speak answers to your voice searches. Moreover, you can set instant predictions, the number of results shown per page, and your language and location to get more personalized results and recommendations.

Customize your Search Settings

Beginner Google Tricks to Make Better Searches

Search by Keywords

Searching is all about keywords – the better keywords you give to the search engine, the better results you receive back. Brainstorm what you’re really looking for and type in the keywords as such. For example: “Google tips tricks” is better than “what are the tips and tricks for Google?” because it allows Google to search for the right words without including the other avoidable words.

Search by Keywords

Search a Specific Phrase

“” (double quotes) can be used to search for a specific phrase. Google lists only the results having the given phrase (between the double quotes) with same order of words as listed in the phrase. For example: ““I’m good”” (note the inner double quotes is part of the search query) will ask Google to search only for the phrase ‘I’m good’ exactly as is, and not even list results having the phrase ‘I am good’.

Search a Specific Phrase

Search by Location

City name or Postal code at the end of your search query allows you to make searches for a specific location. This overrules the default behavior of Google to provide results for the location calculated using your Internet connection’s IP address. For example: “food joints in New Delhi” or “food joints 110033” shows you food joints in New Delhi.

Search by Location

Use Search Operators to Make Powerful Queries

OR is used to give either-or words in the search query. Google lists results having any of those words. For example: “buy cheap Android OR iPhone” is short for searching two queries “buy cheap Android” OR “buy cheap iPhone” and gives results for both queries.

AND is used to list must-have words in the search query. Google lists results having all of those words. For example: “rent cheap AND decorated house” will output results that contain both ‘cheap’ and ‘decorated’ words.

* (asterisk) is used to tell to search for unknown words. Google lists results having any word or group of words at the place of asterisk in the search query. For example: “Winston * Churchill” returns results for Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, a former British Prime Minister.

– (minus) is used to prohibit words in the search query. Google lists results that don’t have those words. For example: “buy windows laptop -dell” will output results that don’t contain ‘dell’ laptops.

AROUND is used to do a proximity search and tell that the given words should be near to each other in the content. Google lists only the results which have both the words, and that both the words are near with the maximum given proximity. For example: “India AROUND(10) Modi” shows results that have the terms ‘India’ and ‘Modi’ at the distance of maximum 10 words.

Use Search Operators to Make Powerful Queries

Search between 2 Numbers

.. (two periods) lets you search between two numbers in Google. It’s helpful if you’re looking for things in a range, like product prices in your budget range, prime numbers in a range, etc. For example: “buy Sony camera 10000..50000 INR” will show the pages that sell Sony cameras in between the price range of 10000 to 50000 INR.

Search between 2 Numbers

Advance Google Tips & Tricks for Making Superior Searches

Search within a Specific Website

site: lets you search within a given website and not the whole Internet. It’s quite handy if you know the place (website) for your search and saves you from going through undesirable results. For example: “site:beebom.com android m” will list results for the search term ‘android m’, but the search will list results only from the mentioned website (beebom.com) and not from the other sites.

Search within a Specific Website

Find Specific Files

filetype: lets you search for specific files on the web rather than content or websites. It comes handy when you’re searching for presentations or PDFs or drawings or other files whose extension is known. For example: “filetype:pptx greenhouse effect” will search for presentations on the given topic of Greenhouse Effect.

Find Specific Files

Search for Terms in page’s Titles

intitle: and allintitle: allows you to search for terms in the page’s titles. Google is not restricted to search only the content but can also search the titles of the pages. Titles usually describe the purpose of the content and a search in titles offers you refined list of results whose contents are more close to what you’re looking for. For example: “intitle:india” shows only the results having ‘India’ in their titles; and “allinurl:india drought crisis” shows only the results having ‘India’, ‘drought’ and ‘crisis’ in their titles.

Search for Terms in page’s Titles

Search for Terms in page’s URLs

inurl: and allinurl: lets you search for terms in the URLs of web pages. Google searches for terms in URLs along with keywords in the content to provide you better results. The same trick you can use to filter out search results and get the most useful results quickly. For example: “inurl:google” shows only the results having ‘Google’ in their URLs; and “allinurl:google android app” shows only the results having ‘Google’, ‘Android’ and ‘App’ in their URLs.

Search for Terms in page’s URLs

Know What Links to What

link: can easily tell who links to your website or any other web page you want to know about. For example: “link:google.com” tells which web pages are linking to Google.com.

Know What Links to What

Find Similar Websites

related: tells which are similar websites to the given websites. It’s better to know similar sites if you’re doing a research on some product or website. For example: “related:beebom.com” lists some of our rival websites and blogs.

Find Similar Websites

Search the Web by specific Country, Time or Location

Search tools (below the search bar) brings you filtering options to filter the search results based on various criteria like country, time or location. This helps you make better researches, and easily search news or local content of your location or country.

Search the Web by specific Country, Time or Location

Make advance Recent Searches

Google’s Search tools allows you to set a custom time range for search results. Using this feature, you can set a minimum duration of one hour. What to do if you want to check out search results from last half an hour? Here’s another Google trick inside a trick.

This trick involves playing with the address in the browser’s location bar to set a custom time that’s not available as an option in the Search tools. After the results page is loaded, edit the address and add “&tbs=qdr:XN” in the location bar and press Enter button; where ‘X’ can be y (years), m (months), d (days), h (hours), n (minutes) or s (seconds) and ‘N’ is the number. For example, adding “&tbs=qdr:n30” to the address shows the results for last 30 minutes.

Make advance Recent Searches

Search Images by specific Size, Color, Type, Time or Copyright

Google offers you choice/filter to select what you’re really looking for if the search terms gets more than one type of information. For example, searching images for “Charles” brings you Charles Manson, the book Charles by Shirley Jackson, etc. and you can select any of the category to refine your search.

Search tools (below the search bar) brings you more refinement options like size, color, type, time and usage rights. You can filter the images for small or large sizes, grayscale or any or full colors, face or photo or clipart types, appeared at what time and is it free to use in your next big project.

Search Images by specific Size, Color, Type, Time or Copyright

Make Advanced Search

Google’s Advanced Search allows you to make the most of this search engine through a single page. It combines many of its search tricks, special features and search tools under one hood. You can search using various operators, terms, file types, usage rights, language and region, switch on safe search, and do much more using its advanced search feature. You can access the advanced search by clicking Settings > Advanced search at bottom-right of Google’s homepage or directly by navigating to “https://www.google.com/advanced_search”.

Make Advanced Search

Google Tips for English Learners and Enthusiasts

Check Spellings

Google can even check spellings for you. If you’re not sure how to spell any word, then simply type it in the Google’s search box and Google will tell its correct spelling along with other information.

Check Spellings

Get Definitions, Synonyms, Antonyms and Pronunciations

define: lets you ask definitions, get synonyms and antonyms and listen to pronunciations of words. You can click on the small Speaker icon present at right of the word to listen to its pronunciation. For example: “define:obligatory” gives you definition, synonyms and pronunciation; and “define:obligatory antonyms” lists its antonyms as well as other information.

Get Definitions, Synonyms, Antonyms and Pronunciations

Find Origins of Words

etymology: lets you find the origins of words using Google. It’s get handy if you’re learning new words or doing some kind of research on words and their origins. For example: “etymology:simple” gets you the origins of the word ‘simple’.

Find Origins of Word

Make Anagrams

anagram trigger word lets you search for anagrams. Anagrams are words that are made using rearranging the given word. Just include this trigger word in your search queries and Google will provide you with anagrams. Example: “define:anagram” tells the definition of anagram and also asks if you mean to search for ‘nag a ram’, which is the anagram for the word ‘anagram’.

Make Anagrams

Google Tips & Tricks for Working with Numbers

Convert Numbers to Words

Google can also convert numbers to words. It’s really useful when you have various large numbers that you require in words form. For example: “1064305 in English” or “1064305 = English” prints ‘one million sixty-four thousand three hundred five’ on the screen.

Convert Numbers to Words

Solve Calculations

calculator opens up a calculator on the Google page where in you can type expressions to get results. You can also type the expressions directly in the search box to get answers right away. For example: “calculator” opens up a calculator; “4*5+2-3/3”gives 21 as the result of the given expression; and “21% of 50% of 30% of 1000” gives 31.5 as the final result of the expression.

Solve Calculations

Convert Units, Time zones and Currencies

convert to lets you convert units, time zones and currencies from one to another. Currency rates are mostly up-to-date but should not be used as an alternative to market rates. For example: “convert 5:30 AM GMT to IST” or “convert 5:30 AM GMT to New Delhi” gives 11:00 AM as the result; “convert 1m to cm” or “1m in cm” gives 100 centimeter as the answer; and “convert 1$ to pound” or “convert 1 USD to GBP” or “1 USD in pound” answers 0.64 British Pound.

Convert Units, Time zones and Currencies

Calculate Tips

tip calculator opens a small tip calculator quite similar in design to Google’s calculator. It lets you calculate tips by entering bill info. “tip for” lets you ask Google directly. For example: “tip calculator” opens the tip calculator for you; and “tip for $500” answers $75 as the tip for the bill of $500.

Calculate Tips

Get Real time Info, Quickly and Conveniently

Get Local Times

time lets you see the latest real-time local time of any place in the world. For example: “time London” lets you know the current local time of London; and “time 10001” tells the time for New York.

Get Local Times

Get live Weather Information

weather lets you get the real time weather information for any place in the world. For example: “weather New York” will fetch you weather updates for the New York City.

Get live Weather Information

Get Movies Show times

Google can charge your entertainment potential by letting you quickly find movie show times for cinemas near to you. movies trigger word along with city name or postal code list the movies playing near to the given location. You can click on any movie from the list to get its show times for possible theatres. For example: “movies New Delhi” lists the now-playing movies in New Delhi; and “movies 10001” lists the movies playing in New York.

Get Movies Show times

Get Sports Info

Google can fuel your hunger for sports information – let it be current and happening or something from years back. It’s also easier to get info using Google than using any other traditional or digital methods. For example, “icc world cup 2015” lists the info about ICC Cricket World Cup 2015; and “fifa world cup 2014 winner” tells the champion of FIFA World Cup 2014.

Get Sports Info

Get Directions and Ask for Navigation

Google can also guide you for making travels. Just search for a query beginning with “direction” or “navigate” along with start and end locations, and it will show a mini-map with the directions. For example: “direction from chandni chowk to anand vihar New Delhi” shows the directions along with commute options in a small embedded map on the results page; and “navigate from anand vihar terminal to New Delhi railway station” gives the navigational steps and directions.

Get Directions and Ask for Navigation

Get Sunrise and Sunset times

sunrise & sunset gets you the sunrise and sunset times for today. You can easily know when the sun is coming up and going down on this day. For example: “sunrise & sunset New Delhi” gets you sunrise and sunset times for New Delhi; “sunrise New Delhi” lets you view only the sunrise time for New Delhi; and “sunset New Delhi” lets you view merely the sunset time for New Delhi.

Get Sunrise and Sunset times

Get Stock Quotes

stock lets you view the latest real-time stock prices. You can also simply write the stock name to get its price, for example, “GOOG” to get Google’s stock price. The stock prices are mostly up-to-date but shouldn’t be used as an alternative to the market rates. For example: “stock GOOG” or “GOOG” provides the current market rate for Google’s stock.

Get Stock Quotes

Track Courier packages

Google can help you track your packages by typing the tracking number directly in the search box. It is currently supported only for UPS, FedEx and USPS packages; and shows you the status of your shipment using a rich-text snippet. For example: search query containing tracking number “1Z9999W9999999999” will fetch you the status of your package.

Get Flight status and Search Flights easily

flight lets you get the latest real time flight status about any flights given by flight code or number. flight to can be used to get list of flights from one place to another along with their prices. For example: “flight BA1491” gives the real time flight status about British Airways Flight 1491; and “flight New York to Paris” lets you view the flights for travel from New York to Paris.

Get Flight status and Search Flights easily

Google Tips & Tricks to get Information, Efficiently

Know your IP Address

ip address typed in the search bar shows your current IP address as acquired by Google. For example: “ip address” lists 1.2.3.4 as my computer’s IP address.

Know your IP Address

Get Movies Info

Google can present the data in various digestible ways, and its best method is its Knowledge Graph that can tell information about many things including movies. For example: “titanic casts” shows the casts info of Titanic; “titanic budget” shows its budget information; “titanic characters” shows its characters and their actual names; and “titanic director” gets you name of its director, etc.

Get Movies Info

Get Tourist Spots

Google can list the tourist attractions for any place in the world if you start your search starting with the trigger word “attractions“, and then provide name of the city or the postal code of the location. For example: “attractions New Delhi” or “attractions in New Delhi” list the places of attraction in New Delhi; and “attractions 10001” lists the tourist places in New York.

Get Tourist Spots

Find Songs by Singer or Movie

Google can help you find songs by your favorite singer or movie very easily and conveniently. It lists all the songs in a list and you can click any song to get its YouTube links and additional information. For example: “songs by Britney” brings you all the songs sung by Britney Spears; and “avatar songs” lists all the songs from the Avatar movie.

Find Songs by Singer or Movie

Get Info about Celebrities and Personalities

Google can list various public information about numerous celebrities and personalities. You’re just a search away from learning something new about your favorite celebrity. For example, “Mahatma Gandhi height” lists the height of our Father of the Nation; “bacon number Amitabh Bachchan” shows the bacon number for Amitabh Bachchan; and “Emma Watson age” tells the age of the pretty actor of Harry Potter movie series.

Get Info about Celebrities and Personalities

Get Nutritional Information

Google is smart enough to show nutritional info for food related searches such as mango, chocolate candy, etc. The given info includes calories, vitamins, fats, etc. For example: search queries “banana” or “chocolate cake” produces its nutritional information.

Get Nutritional Information

Make Food Comparisons

Google can even compare foods for you. If you’re not sure which food will get you better nutrients or which will not increase your body fat, then you can ask Google and it will answer much like any dietician. For example: “mango vs. banana” tells Google to compare and present the nutritional info of the given two fruits – Mango and Banana.

Make Food Comparisons

Get dates of Holidays

Google is more than clever at answering your questions and getting the most in-context answers for you. You can ask Google about holiday’s dates, and it will tell the date when you can plan the next party with your friends. For example: “friendship day date” or “when is friendship day” gets you the dates of Friendship day as per your location or country.

Get dates of Holidays

Get Recent Earthquakes

earthquake shows you information about recent earthquakes that happened in the world. This is the result of Google attempt to not only collect information but also present or avail in most usable ways for the entire humanity. For example: “earthquake” gives you info about recent earthquakes.

Know what Others are Searching for

Google Trends shows you what others are searching for in any country of the world. It’s a superb tool for journalists and bloggers to get new ideas as well as look for the search trends. You can also filter the trends by choosing a category or click a trend to see more information about it such as relevant articles, interest over time, interest by region, trending queries, etc.

Know what Others are Searching for

Search Newspaper Archives of more than 100 years

Google offers you the access to the digitized news content of over last several years. It scanned and digitized the old printed newspapers in an attempt to bring the content from old newspapers easily accessible to the Internet users. For example: “site:google.com/newspapers berlin wall” will search for an article from scanned newspapers on the topic ‘berlin wall’.

Search Newspaper Archives of more than 100 years

Google Special Tips & Tricks to Solve Problems

Set Timer

timer command lets you set a timer using Google. It’s simple enough for anyone and useful enough for various situations, such as when you want to take a mock exam, write an essay in predefined time, or divide your time for various tasks, etc. For example: “timer” or “set timer” brings an online timer, wherein you can set time and start it off.

Set Timer

Browse Offline Websites

cache: can be used to browse websites that aren’t online for a while due to server problems. Google keep cached copies of the web pages browsed by its crawler, and that’s why you can browse them even if their server is down as the cached pages are loaded from Google. For example: “cache:beebom.com” lets you browse Beebom.com even if it’s offline.

Browse Offline Websites

Translate from One Language to Another

translate trigger command can easily translate text for you using Google Translate. Though you can use it yourself, but asking Google to do the translations is swifter and proves handy when you’re in a hurry. For example: “translate welcome English Hindi” or “translate welcome English to Hindi” translates the word ‘Welcome’ to ‘स्वागत’.

Translate from One Language to Another

Browse Blocked Websites

cache: can be used to browse websites that are blocked by your college, corporation or government. The trick being Google’s domains are never blocked, and cache: fetches the cached copies of the web pages from the Google servers rather than the original site’s servers. For example: “cache:aksingh.net” lets you browse AKSingh.net even if it’s blocked for you.

Browse Blocked Websites

Bypass Firewall using Google Proxy

Google services are designed to help you in your everyday life, but they can be exploited to do many more things than they were actually built for. For example, you can unblock websites and bypass firewall restrictions using the never developed Google Proxy. Actually, Google don’t provide any such service but a trick can be used to make Google Translate and Google Mobilizer do this job. For example: “http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://beebom.com/” opens up Beebom.com even if it’s blocked; and “http://www.google.ie/gwt/x?u=http://www.aksingh.net” allows you to view AKSingh.net even if it comes under your firewall’s block rule.

Bypass Firewall using Google Proxy

Read Pay-walled or Paid Articles for Free

cache: allows you to read cached web pages from Google’s cache archive. You can simply read the pay-walled or paid articles from the Google’s cache in place of original website and thus, read it for free. Moreover, you can also try to copy the article’s URL and paste in the search bar, and open that same article from the search results– many times this trick works to bypass pay-walls.

Google Tips & Tricks that Requires Signing in with Google Account

Personalize your Search Settings

Google can get you personalized results tailored to your likes and personality based on your past searches. It offers you more relevant search results and recommendations based on the search activity stored in your Google account. Just login to your account and Google handles everything else to offer you the best personalized search experience. Your search settings are also stored in your account to use on any browser at any computer when you login to your account for making searches.

Search your Contacts

Google can even dive into your contacts and get the info about one of your contact. You can search your contacts’ information such as phone number or email, and even call them right from Google Search. This feature only works on mobile devices and it’s very easy to follow. For example: “what’s dhruv gupta’s number” show the phone number for your contact; “what’s sierra’s email id” tells the email id of your contact and simply typing “call sierra” will trigger a call to your contact.

Search your Contacts

Search your Photos

Google can search your photos collection and provide the right photo you’re looking for. You can easily find the photos from your college party or Christmas holidays using this feature. Just start the search using “show my photos from” or “my photos from” and it list the searched photos. For example: “my photos from 6 July 2014” lists the photos taken on 6 July 2014 from your photos collection.

Search your Photos

Check Calendar Events and Meetings

Google can look into your calendar and find the upcoming events and meetings for you. Just ask a query starting with “what is my plan for” or “my plan for” and it will list the events and meetings for the mentioned date and time. For example: “my plan for today” lists the events and meetings set for today’s date in my calendar.

Check Calendar Events and Meetings

Set Reminders

You can ask Google to set a reminder for you right on your desktop and it will direct Google Now to remind you for the said task at the mentioned date and time. It only works if you’re a Google Now user. For example: “set reminder for meeting in Delhi at 4pm tomorrow” will set a reminder for given settings, and you will get a reminder notification in your Android or iOS device.

Set Reminders

If you come across any new Google search trick, feel free to let us know in comments section.

Source: This article was published beebom.com

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Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers in the world, and yet, because we use it so often, we often forget what it can do.

Chrome will let you browse pages, obviously, but it's also loaded with hidden hacks that can essentially streamline your internet-browsing experience and digital life. From simple tricks that allow you to send emails from the omnibar (aka address bar) to extensions that you let save images to Pinterest without ever having to go to Pinterest.com, Chrome has everything you could possibly need or want.

For instance, here's over 30 tips and tricks we use on a regular basis to get the most out of Chrome. We will update this piece over time with more handy tools and functions as we discover them. Let us know in the comments if you know of one worth including.

Note: The following tips are for the desktop version of Google Chrome.

This might sound super obvious, but you really should sign in to the Chrome browser before you even think about using it. Doing so will allow you to save and sync things like your bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings to your Google Account. Then, you can access them on any device. You can learn more about how to sign in to Chrome on this FAQ page.

If you have different Google accounts, like work and personal, you can use profiles to keep your bookmarks and settings separate. You can learn more about how to add a Chrome profile on this FAQ page.

If you don’t want Chrome to save what you visit or download, you can always browse the web privately using Chrome's Incognito mode. You can also delete your history, cookies, and other information - all at once or just some from a specific period of time. Go here to learn more about Incognito mode, or go here to learn about how to delete your history in Chrome.

From Chrome, find the hamburger menu or icon with three vertical dots on the upper left, and then select Settings to access Chrome's full list of settings. Or just type chrome://settings/ in your omnibar.

There are tonnes of keyboard commands, but here are some worth remembering:

  • Ctrl/Command + T opens a new tab
  • Ctrl/Command + W closes your current tab
  • Ctrl/Command + Shift + T opens your last tab
  • Ctrl/Command + L highlights whatever’s in the omnibar
  • Ctrl/Command + Tab moves you a tab to the right
  • Ctrl/Command + Shift + Tab moves you a tab to the left

If you want to let your friend use your laptop but still keep all your browsing info private from them, go to Chrome's settings, and then under People select Add a person. This will let them have their own browsing experience separate from yours.

You can Chrome’s Task Manager to end memory-hungry pages or see what’s slowing your session down. Go to Chrome's hamburger menu on the left and then select More Tools. From there, click Task Manager.

Use your autofill settings to avoid manually entering your address or password or credit card information on a daily basis. Just go to Chrome settings, then “Show advanced settings…” >, and find “Manage Autofill settings” under “Passwords and forms.”

Ever want to search YouTube without going to to YouTube.com? If you go settings, you’ll see a “Manage search engines…” button under the “Search” section. Click it to see a list of sites you can search directly from the omnibar. Chrome will add these automatically, but you can also enter the URL for a site, such as Wikipedia. So, when you type a phrase in the omnibar and then hit tab, you'll go to whatever related Wiki article or YouTube video you wanted to find. This saves you an extra step, as you no longer have to go to a site’s homepage to find what you want.

Go back to the “Manage search engines…” area, then scroll to the bottom to add a new search engine, and enter the following: “https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#apps/%s”. This is Gmail’s search function. You can then make the keyword “gmail.com,” or “mail.google.com”, and from that point on, you can search your email.

The omnibar is amazing. For instance, you can use it as a calculator. Enter 10 x 10 and it will tell you the value is 100. Try it out. It works with any equation too.

You can Google=search a phrase directly from your current page by highlighting it. From there, right click or drag it to the omnibar. If you highlight a word (like 'dongles') on a page, then right-click, and select 'Look Up', you will effectively Google search the word 'dongles'.

Google Chrome has a "Pin Tab" feature. If you're not familiar with it, just keep in mind that browser tabs spawn from left to right. The first tabs you open are located on the left - unless you start moving tabs around. As a result, you probably keep your most important tabs on the left. With that in mind, the Chrome browser offers the ability to lock some of your most-used tabs to the left of your browser and reduces the tabs to icon size so that you can squeeze many of your favourites in a small space. All you have to do is to right-click on a tab and select the "Pin Tab" option.

Ever want to see how many cookies a page is deploying or what permissions you’ve given it? Just click the "i" icon or page button next to the URL in the omnibar to view site info including cookies and permissions. It’s also a handy way to allow the page to show popups.

If you want to save your current browsing session for future reference, press the Up arrow + Command + D keys all at once (or right click, then select Bookmarks, and click Bookmark Open Pages). You can then save all your open pages in a new folder. This is handy if you’re researching a subject and want to save all the helpful information you’ve already found.

You can also download an extension like OneTab to do the same thing.

If you ex out of your window, you can pick up where you left off by going to History from the menu bar (or going to History under the settings). Look for the tabs under Recently Closed, and click it once you find it. You can also go into settings and select “Continue where you left off” under the “On startup” section to relaunch your browser as you left it.

A quick way to manage your bookmarks is to type Command + D to add a bookmark. You can also always right-click on a page in the bookmarks bar to edit their titles. You even go to Bookmarks > Bookmarks Manager from the Menu bar to manage all your saved sites and folders.

Hit Control or Command + 1-9 while you're on the omnibar to quickly switch between tabs. Each number corresponds to a page's place in the tab tab above. So, on Mac, Command + 3 will open your third tab.

Simply right-click on a tab and then select “Close Other Tabs” or “Close Tabs to the Right" to get rid of them fast.

If you want Facebook or some other page to appear as soon as you open Chrome, you can set it to automatically launch those pages. Just go to settings, then click the “Set pages” option next to “Open a specific page or set of pages,” and enter the sites you wish to visit right away.

Instead of using some random note editor on your machine to take notes, use Chrome. Just enter "data:text/html, <html contenteditable>" into the omnibar, and then you can jot something down real quick.

If you try loading a page when you’re offline, and you’ll see a static little T-rex. Once you see it, hit the spacebar, and then it will turn into an endless side-scroller runner game.

Hold down the Control or Command key and click on all the tabs you want to move in order to move them as one.

Click on any multimedia file on your computer and then drag it directly into your Chrome browser window to look at it.

To quickly access a file you downloaded, automatically download it to your desktop. To change where files automatically download, go to settings, then click the Advanced Settings link, and select Downloads. There you can alter where files automatically download to (like desktop).

On a PC, you can zoom in or out on a page by pressing Control while rolling your scroll wheel up or down. You can then click Control-0 to return to the default. On a Mac, you can zoom in and out by pressing Command-plus or Command-minus. Command-0 will go back to default.

You can use the spacebar to scroll down on page, and you can scroll back up by pressing shift and the spacebar.

Chrome has built-in Google Translate, but if you just want to translate a select phrase or passage, install the official Google Translate extension. You can highlight any text and click the little Google Translate icon that sits in the top-right side of your browser screen.

Casting is baked into Chrome. Just right-click anywhere in Chrome to prompt a pop-up cast window. Or, click the hamburger in the top-right to prompt a pull-down menu and then choose Cast. Go here to learn more about casting from Chrome to your TV.

Sick of how Chrome looks? Download a theme from the Chrome store. Just click over to the Theme section and click to install.

You can write your email up in the omnibar on Chrome and send it from there. Just type “mailto:” followed by the recipients address into your omnibar. It’ll open up the Gmail compose window automatically. From there, you can write your email and hit send.

You can turn any site into a desktop app to speedily access it. Just navigate to the website, then click the wrench icon, and select “Tools”. From there, click on “Create application shortcuts.”

To get the most out of Chrome, go to the Chrome Web Store and explore its vast amounts of extensions and apps. The right extensions will improve your web experience. For instance, you can install the Pinterest one so you can directly pin any image you see to your account.

Type "Do A Barrel Roll" into the omnibar and hit enter. :)

 Source: This article was published pocket-lint.com By ELYSE BETTERS

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Apart from Google, Microsoft's Bing is also one of the biggest search engine available right now. While there are a lot of complaints about the search results on Bing, the company is working day and night to improve the accuracy for better user experience

We have listed out some tips and tricks out of which your searches will become even more accurate.

Symbols to streamline your searches

+: This helps in finding the web pages that contain all the terms preceded by the + symbol.

" ": Use this to find the exact words in a phrase.

(): This helps you to finds or excludes web pages that contain a group of words.

NOT or -: It excludes web pages that contain a term or phrase.

OR or |: Using this symbol in the search helps you in finding web pages that contain either of the terms or phrases.

Master Bing Search: Tips and Tricks

Advanced Bing search operators

Site search: It returns the web pages that belong to the specified site. For example Site:Gizbot.com Apple

File Type

Bing helps you to search specific file type using the filetype: operator. For example filetype:pdf bing

URL/Links

This check whether the listed domain or web address is in the Bing index or not. For example url:about.com

IP search

In Bing, you can use the IP: operator to search websites located at a specific IP address.

Location

You can also specify the location to the search engine by using the loc: operator. loc:Australia tourist attractions.

Language

This gives the web pages for a specific language. For example: "tennis" language:fr

Source: This article was published gizbot.com By Gizbot Bureau

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With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft also introduced its latest browser Microsoft Edge that is going to replace Internet Explorer. With Edge, Microsoft is directly trying to compete against dominators like Chrome and Firefox. Although, it is still not as good as the current top browsers, but it has some great potential with many new features and customization options. It is built on the concept of offering simple interface with everything important in sight. However, when you dig deep a bit, you will find many advanced options as well.

Like everyone else, you must also be curious to find out what Microsoft Edge is hiding and how it can improve your browsing experience. To help you with your quest, we have created this list of best Microsoft Edge Tips and Tricks containing everything to take full advantage of Edge features.

Useful Microsoft Edge Tips and Tricks

1. Customize Start Page

Let’s start with the Start Page of the Microsoft Edge. Start page is the page that you see when you launch the Edge. You can decide what you want to see as soon as you launch the browser. To do this, click on the Main menu on the top right corner (it has three horizontal dots), and then click on “Settings”.

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In settings, you will find options to customize Start page under the heading “Open with”. Here you can select, Start page, New tab page, Previous page and A specific page or pages.

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2. Customize New Tab in Edge

To customize what you would like to see when a new tab is opened, click on Main menu on the right and then click on “Settings”. Now, click on the drop down menu below the heading “Open new tabs with” and choose your option.

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3. Edge Lets You Import Favorites and Bookmarks from other Browsers

For now, you can easily important bookmarks from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. To do so, click on “Hub” button on the top right corner (it has three horizontal lines on it), and then click on “Import favorites”. On the next page, just select the browsers from which you want to important bookmarks and click on “Import”.

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4. Microsoft Edge’s Reading View Clears Out Distractions

In the Reading View, all other distracting content such as ads or article suggestions on a website is stripped away, leaving you with just the article content. This is extremely handy when you just want to enjoy reading an article without any distractions.

While reading an article on the web, click on the “Book” icon on the top-left corner to activate Reading View on Microsoft Edge.

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5. Create Article Reading List on Edge

Instead of saving your favorite articles to your favorites (bookmark) and clutter the place with other saved websites, you can just save them to the reading list. When you are on an article, click on the “Star” icon at the top and navigate to “Reading list” tab. Now, just click on “Add” to add the article to the list.

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6. Share a Webpage (Link or Screenshot)

On Microsoft Edge, you can directly share a webpage with any social media site, as long as you have its app installed in your PC. For example, to share on Twitter, you must install Twitter app on your PC to get the option to share it there.

While browsing, click on “Share” button at the top right corner and select the app to which you would like to share the link. If you want to share a screenshot of a webpage instead, then click on the name of the web page in the same menu. This will open up a new menu where you can select “Screenshot” option. Once selected, you can select the social media app and a screenshot will be shared instead of the link. 

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7. Annotate a Webpage

Edge will let you write, draw or highlight content on a web page, and save or share it as you please. Click on the “Pen and Paper” icon on the top-right corner and after a short delay you will see all the options to annotate the page. Just use the options on the left to annotate and then select options from left side to save or share the page.

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8. Add a Website to the Start Menu

You can also add a website to the Start menu for quicker access with just a single click. To do so, click on the main menu icon in the Edge and select “Pin to Start” from the menu. The webpage will be pinned to Start menu Tiles.

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9. Change Theme of Edge

Microsoft Edge comes with two themes, Light and Dark. You can select the one that fits your personality better. Click on the main menu and from there, click on “Settings”. Now, just choose the theme from the drop down menu under the heading “Choose a theme”.

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10. Browse Privately in Microsoft Edge

Just like other browsers, Edge also comes with a private mode in which no traces of browsing is left on the PC. To enter private window, click on main menu and then click on “New InPrivate Window”.

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11. Flash Integration

Just like Chrome, Edge also comes with Flash player to play some flash based videos on the web. You can turn this feature ON or OFF as you may please. Just go to “Settings” from the main menu and then click on “Advanced Settings”. Here, you will find the option of “Use Adobe Flash Player”, enable or disable it as you please.

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12. Enable Home Button in Microsoft Edge

Home Button is disabled by default, to enable it, go to “Settings” from the main menu and click on “Advanced settings”. Here, just enable or disable the “Home Button”. You can also specify which page to direct to when you press the Home button.

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13. Show the Favorites Bar

For faster access to your favorite sites, it is better to show favorites bar on the main interface. To enable Favorites bar, click on the main menu and then click on “Settings”. In the settings, enable the option “Show the favorites bar”.

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14. Change Default Search Engine in Edge

Before you change the search engine, you must access the search engine in the Edge’s search bar to add it to the list of available search engines. For example, for Google you must access “Google.com” and then follow the instructions.

Now, go to settings from the main menu and click on “Advanced settings”. Here, scroll down and click on “Add new” from the drop down menu under the heading “Search in the address bar with”. Now just select the search engine and click on “Add” to make it your default search engine.

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15. Open Web pages with Internet Explorer

Edge doesn’t support Silverlight plugin, a plugin used to stream specific forms of media, graphics and animations, similar to Adobe Flash. So there is a chance sometime you might have to open a webpage with Internet Explorer to view it properly (Internet Explorer has Silverlight plugin built-in).

While on a web page, click on the main menu and select “Open with Internet Explorer” to open that page in Internet Explorer.

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16. Use caret Browsing in Edge

In caret browsing, you can navigate a website using your keyboard without any need of reaching your mouse. A text cursor will be placed on the web pages, which you can use to open links and navigate. To enable caret browsing, press “F7” key on your keyboard and confirm the prompt to start using.

17. Cortana Integration in Edge

Cortana is also integrated into Microsoft edge with her default settings. She will provide suggestions while searching and provide information right inside the search bar. She may also provide more information on a topic, if she thinks you may like to know more. We have recently listed some of the coolest Cortana Tricks that every Windows 10 user should know, give this article a read to better your Windows 10 as well as Microsoft Edge experience.

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18. Some Useful Edge Keyboard Shortcuts

Edge also has some useful keyboard shortcuts that may make things a lot quicker. Below are some worth knowing:

Open History       Ctrl+H
Open Favorites  Ctrl+I
Duplicate tab Ctrl+K
Open InPrivate Window Ctrl+Shift+P
Access Reading View Ctrl+Shift+R
Cancel loading page Esc

19. Edge Privacy Settings

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To access privacy settings, go to “Settings” from the main menu and then click on “Advanced Settings”. In the advanced settings, you will find all the options that may affect your privacy under the heading “Privacy and Services”.

These options include, Offer to save Passwords, Save form entries, Send Do Not Track requests, Cortana integration, Cookies and Show suggestions as I type.

20. Last but not the least, Extensions will come to Edge soon

Microsoft promises that they will add Extensions support soon in an update. So you should not decide that Edge is not better than other browsers just because it can’t support extensions right now. Just wait a bit and soon you should be able to see some more functionality with third-party extensions.

If you think we missed out on any good feature of Edge which could have been included in our list of cool Microsoft Edge tips and tricks, feel free to let us know in comments section.

 This article was published in beebom.com

Categorized in Search Engine

Netflix has completely transformed the way we watch and enjoy TV, a feat made all the more remarkable given that the streaming giant was nothing more than a purveyor of DVDs by mail just a few years ago. These days, Netflix is churning out content faster than most people can keep up with. In April alone, Netflix has plans to roll out 25 new original programs, including a highly anticipated new stand-up special from Louis C.K. And in case you missed it, Netflix late last week rolled out 13 Reasons Why, a gripping drama based on the book of the same name that has already garnered a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Now if this all old news to you and you fancy yourself something of a Netflix connoisseur, we’ve put together a long list of Netflix tips and tricks to help you take your game to the next level. So whether you’re curious about exploring some of Netflix’s hidden subcategories or are interested in exploring new Netflix features before they roll out to the masses, we’ve got you covered. So as much as it pains me to say it, now might be a good time to pause whatever you’re currently watching and check out some of the coolest Netflix features lurking right beneath the site’s surface.

Secret Netflix codes and hidden subcategories

With Netflix doubling down on original content, not to mention the fact that the list of available content is constantly changing on a monthly basis, figuring out what to watch next can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. While Netflix in recent months has made it much easier to search for content across genres and sub-genres, there are tons of secret Netflix codes you can use to really explore the full breadth of Netflix’s content library.

Here’s how it all works.

Every genre of content in the Netflix library has its own unique code. So, for example, the following URL http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/6839 will take you to Netflix’s documentary page as 6839 is the code Netflix uses for documentaries. Seems simple enough, but if you start playing around with different numerical strings, you can really start having some fun.

An unofficial list of genre codes can be found over here. It’s a long list, but if you’re looking for something completely random, such as a list of critically acclaimed feel-good movies from the 1980s or Exciting Japanese movies, you can use the codes from the list above to really make your search for new content much more efficient. As a quick example, the list above relays that the special code for “British Independent Crime Movies” is 2962. That being the case, you can access films that fall under that category by going to http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/2962.

Manage your data usage when viewing from a mobile device

Given how popular Netflix on mobile is, you might want to be aware of an app setting which can let you choose how much data you want to use per hour of programming. To do so, open up your Netflix app and go to App Settings > Cellular Data usage. Here, users can opt to have their streaming quality set automatically or pick between low and high. As laid out by Netflix, here’s how different video quality settings can impact your data usage.

  • Low: 4 hours per GB of data
  • Medium: 2 hours per GB of data
  • High: 1 hour per GB of data

Request your favorite movies and TV shows

If you have a particular movie or TV show that you’d like to become available, Netflix not only allows user suggestions, it encourages it. If you’d like to make a request, you can do so by checking out this page on Netflix’s website. A request is obviously no guarantee that Netflix will grant you your wish, but it certainly never hurts to try.

Download shows for offline viewing

Netflix was slow to roll out this feature, but we’re definitely glad that it’s finally here. If you’re headed on a trip or simply want to have some content at the ready in case you get stuck in a place with limited reception, Netflix will let you download certain programs to your device for later viewing.

To see what shows are available, go to the Netflix menu on your mobile device and select “Available for Download.” You’ll be taken to a page where you can search for a particular title or simply scroll through a list of recommended programs.

There are two points worth adding: One, the number of devices under your account that can have downloaded content concurrently may be limited by the type of Netflix subscription you have. Two, if you want to delete all of your downloaded Netflix content in one fell swoop, you can go to Menu > App Settings > Delete all downloads.

Save storage space when downloading shows

If space is a premium on your device, or if you simply want to shorten your download times, you can opt to download shows in either standard def or HD. To toggle between these two settings, go to App Settings > Video quality. To be fair, standard definition video on a screen as small as the iPhone isn’t too shabby so you might want to avoid HD downloads unless you’ve got the space and bandwidth to spare.

See or delete everything you’ve ever watched or rated

If you ever have a need to browse through your entire Netflix viewing history, you can simply check out Netflix’s My Activity page here. Aside from taking a bizarre trip down memory lane, the feature is a godsend if, for example, you’re trying to remember the name of a documentary you watched 4 years ago whose title you can’t remember.

To see a list of the shows you’ve given ratings to before, simply go to the My Activity page linked above and hit the “Rating” option on the right-hand side of the page.

Bonus tip: You can delete select titles from your viewing history simply by hitting the ‘x’ to the right of each listing

Check if anyone is using your account without permission

It’s pretty common for users of various streaming sites to share passwords, but sometimes you never know just how far a shared password of yours has travelled. That said, if you want to check in on where your account is being used, or even if you just want to make sure you haven’t been hacked, you can check out a list of all the IPs that logged into your account via Netflix’s Recent Account Access page. You’ll also see information about the city where each login originated and which logins came via a desktop computer, a mobile device or a set-top box.

Play Netflix Roulette

If you’re bad at making decisions or simply want to have a little fun and dance with the devil, you might want to play a little Netflix Roulette. As the name implies, the website (which is not affiliated with Netflix) spits out a random movie or TV show once a user inputs a specific genre and a desired ratings range. You can also filter on keywords such as a specific actor’s name.

Test new Netflix features before they become available to everyone

Netflix is a big fan of A/B testing and the company is always experimenting with new layouts, recommendation algorithms and more. If you wanna get in on this, go to your Account page and then scroll all the way down to the bottom and select “Test Participation.” As Netflix describes it, toggling this feature on will enable users to “help improve the Netflix experience and see potential changes before they are available to all members.”

Kick any moochers off your account

If you forgot to log off of a particular device, you can kick all signed-in accounts off-line with a single, swift blow. To do so, go to your Account section and then select “Sign out of all devices” located in the Settings portion of the page.

Change how Subtitles appear

If you ever happen to watch a show with subtitles (subtext: watch Narcos), you can change the way subtitles appear on the screen. It may sound trivial, but if you’re reading quite a bit during a program, you may have strong feelings as to whether or not the translated text appears in white or yellow. To get things just to your liking, head on over to Netflix’s Subtitle Appearance section.

Source: bgr.com

Categorized in Social

Short Bytes: Do you know about all the things you can do using Facebook’s search engine? It’s way powerful that you think. Using a combination of different search phrases, you can search all the posts, news, places, and photos. You can even use it to shop, play games, or listen music. But, it’s a lot different that regular web search engines like Google.

Facebook’s internal search engine is one of the most underrated and under-used tools we come across every day. Also, apart from Google’s search engine, it’s one of the most powerful search tools that we have at our fingertips.

Our most Facebook search activity is limited to typing the names of friends and pages in the search box and seldom we use for other purposes. This isn’t entirely our fault. After the introduction of Graph Search in 2014, apart from becoming more popular, Facebook’s search engine has become trickier. Now, there are many option and query syntax.

What exactly can I find using Facebook search?

If you take a look at Facebook’s search prompt, it says “Search Facebook.” That’s right, this search lets you search any post you’ve seen before on Facebook, all the friends, all publicly shared items, etc.

But, to do so, often Facebook needs you to phrase your search queries using natural language. Basically, it’s very different from Google’s search engine. As you enter a phrase or friend’s name, Facebook starts showing you prompts and suggestions that are automatically generated. These suggestions are personalized, which means that they are different for all Facebook users and vary according to their past activities.

1. Use Facebook to find friends, groups, and pages, obviously

Facebook experience is all about your friends and there are many ways you can search your friends. Apart from directly searching for any user, you can sort the search results based on city, education, work, and mutual friends. Alternatively, you can also use following patterns:

  • My friends
  • My close friends
  • Friends of my friends
  • Friends of Sarah

2. Tips and trick to easily search interests, likes, photos, etc.

The new Facebook search makes it easy to find what your friends have liked. For example, you can start typing Friends who like…. and it’ll start showing top suggestions. To narrow the search results, you need to click on a filter like People, Photos, Pages, etc.

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You can use phrases like Photos of…. to look for your photos, pictures of your friends, etc. You can also search your previously liked photos and posts. Simply search Photos/posts liked by me. You can also use this search syntax to find the photos/posts liked by your friends and family. Simply replace me by my friends or some particular friend.

Facebook search also supports other keyword searches to help you find what you’re looking for. You can start searching with keywords like cake recipe Carol, Lisa wedding, etc.

You can use the phrases that you remember from a particular post.

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3. Find hotels, restaurants, etc. using Facebook

Just in case you’re looking for some pizza place nearby, you can try related searches. As Facebook supports search for places, you’ll be able to search for hotels, businesses, restaurants, services, etc. You can combine phrases like liked by my friends, liked by me, etc. to get more specific results.

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4. Search videos using Facebook search

You can also search for videos on Facebook. Simply use phrases like videos, trailer, music video, etc. to get what you want. Ex. La La Land Trailer

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5. Find latest news articles on Facebook

In recent times, Facebook has emerged as one of the most common source of news for its users. You can use phrases like Links/news/posts about… or use hashtags to specify the search result:

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6. Search games and music

Facebook is also home to various games and music. You can search for games like Candy Crush, Words With Friends, etc. You can also search your favorite music artists and bands, and get updates on their latest releases and videos.

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7. Find things on Facebook and shop

You might haven’t realized but you can do shopping on Facebook. Simply search for the thing you’re looking for and narrow down the query using the top filters. You also get the option to sort the shop results according to their price.

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8. Search your own Facebook history

Apart from using Facebook search option to find your posts and photos, you can search your activity log by visiting this URL: https://www.facebook.com/me/allactivity

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9. Find phone number on Facebook

Last but not the least, you can search for a phone number on Facebook. Simply enter your phone number (if it’s public), you can see it for yourself.

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Important: Combine the search keywords

As said above, you can combine these phrases together and add things like time, location, interests, likes, etc. to get more specific results. For ex., Photos of my friends before 2000. You should also keep in mind that Facebook’s Graph Search isn’t a typical web search engine. It’s best for searching specific content types like photos, people, posts, places, and businesses.facebook-search-tips-tricks-6

It goes without saying that the search results are affected by the privacy settings. Facebook also makes sure that your privacy settings are taken care of.

Did you find this Facebook search tips and tricks interesting? Don’t forget to share your views and feedback.

Source : fossbytes.com

Categorized in How to

Make the most out of Apple's browser

Safari is packed with features that make your experience of browsing the web much better. From the Smart Search Field to Safari Reader to private browsing mode, everything is geared towards making your browsing faster and more enjoyable.

In the following nine expert tips you'll discover exactly how to search smarter, read text on pages easily, sync tabs across devices, manage your privacy and security and more.

1. Spotlight suggestions

When you click the search field and type, Safari gets suggestions from your chosen search engine. It also lists matches from your favourites and bookmarks, plus Spotlight suggestions – news stories, Wikipedia articles, maps and contact details relevant to your keywords.

It all adds up to a speedier search experience.

2. Quick Website Search

When you use a site's built-in search, Safari learns how the address of its search page is constructed. Next time, type the site's address followed by keywords in the Smart Search Field to get a shortcut that immediately submits your keywords and goes directly to search results.

3. Read pages easily

When you visit a page with lots of body text, a paragraph-like icon appears at the left of the search field. Click it for Safari Reader, which strips away extraneous content for a cleaner view of the body and images.

Adjust the text size using the A characters at the top left.

4. iCloud Tabs

Click the Show All Tabs button in the toolbar, and look below the graphical previews of tabs open on your Mac. Here you'll find lists of tabs left open on your other Macs and iOS devices signed into the same iCloud account.

5. Private browsing

To create a window in which visited pages, searches and form data are not saved, go to File > New Private Window. Such windows are distinguished from normal ones by a dark search field.

They remain separate if you choose Window > Merge All Windows.

6. Privacy options

In Safari's preferences, click Privacy. The first set of options determines whether sites save cookies – often used by advertisers, but also for other purposes.

At the bottom, you can ask not to be tracked, but sites aren't actually obliged to honour this.

7. Cover your tracks

You can quickly cover your browsing tracks from the last hour, today, or today and yesterday by choosing History > Clear History and Website Data… and the relevant entry.

8. Manage website data

Also in Privacy preferences, click Details under 'Remove All Website Data…' to review what sites have saved on your Mac: cookies, plug-ins and other local data may be used for legitimate functionality, but you can come here and delete data for a site you no longer trust.

9. Manage plug-ins

Safari uses clever techniques to stop plug-ins sucking up resources and battery power. You can check plug-ins and manage each one's availability, to sites you've already visited and any others you may visit in future, at the foot of Safari > Preferences > Security.

Author : MacFormat

Source : techradar.com

Categorized in Search Engine
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