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PostHeaderIcon Many Faces of Google Searching

If you are like me you are constantly using the search function in Google Drive.  You are also a person that uses Google Chrome’s omnibar for everything.  Did you know you can type in youtube.com and press tab and it creates a search of youtube for you?  Type away your search.

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Now there are a lot of search engines listed in Chrome but you can create your own!  Thank you so much ShakeUpLearning for cluing me in.

How to Edit Your Chrome Search Engines:

  1. Right-click on the Omnibox, and select, “Edit Search Engines.” This will open your search engine settings in Google Chrome.
  2. From here, scroll down to the very bottom to add a new search engine.
  3. Name your search engine.
  4. Then choose the keyword you want to use. I use the letter “d.” It doesn’t even have to be a full word.
  5. Then just copy and paste this search URL: https://drive.google.com/#search?q=%s
  6. Click done.

untitled-gif-2Source:  Bell, Kasey. “Did You Know You Can Search Google Drive and Gmail From the Chrome Omnibox? | Shake Up Learning.” Shake Up Learning. Shake Up Learning, 28 June 2016. Web. 07 Oct. 2016. <http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/search-google-drive-gmail-chrome-omnibox/>.

 

Searching Tips & Tricks:

When searching if you type in the following items you will get better results.  One of my favorites is Filetype: because when searching for images I usually need a transparent background.  This occurs with PNG images therefore I will search Filetype:PNG to get images that have a transparent background.  Also remember to search only Open Source images that can be modified when doing this though.

  • Filetype:
    • Add the type of file you are searching for such as PDF, DOC, PPT, PNG, etc.
  • Time
  • Weather
  • Define:
    • This will define any word within the Google Search
  • Translate
    • Translate any word
  • allintext:
    • Must have your search term in the website
  • allintitle:
    • Must have your search term in the title of the website
  • ~
    • Use the symbol to look for your search term and others that are related
  • ebook:
    • search for only ebooks
  • inurl:
    • Search term must be in the URL/Web Address
  • daterange:
    • Search for a certain time period
  • movie:
    • Search for movies
  • cache:website address
    • Search for the cached version of a website (cached=stored version)
  • site:
    • Search within a single site.  Put the site in and then your search terms

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