How to Search on Google
When it comes to search engines, Google is the king. However, Google does not come with formal information on how to use it to run a search. If you don’t know this already, you may feel like a bit of a dinosaur. Well, do not worry! This article will provide you with tips on how you can use Google to search.
How to run a basic search on Google?
Follow these steps to run a basic Google search:
- Open your web browser.
- Type google.com on the address bar at the top.
- You will now be able to see Google’s homepage which is all-white with a search box at the very center. There will be Google written in multicolor on top of this search bar.
- Enter your chosen search term or keyword. For example, “The best Italian restaurant in San Francisco/Andromeda,” and so on.
- Now, go on to press enter or click on the blue magnifying glass provided beside the search box. They’ll both give you the results to your search.
- You will be able to see a list of search results. If none of them match your query, scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will be able to see the number of pages that contain your search result. Either click on a number or simply click on “Next” to go to the next search results page directly.
- If you’ve found what you were looking for, click on the link provided. It will redirect you to the web page that contains your search result. Browse this page, and if you still want more information, you can always click the “<-” button on the top left of your browser screen. It will take you back to the search results page.
- If you do not find what you were looking for, you can choose to refine your search. Go back to the Google search bar and key in specifics of your search this time. Include the year/location/anything that will narrow your search results down further. For example, instead of searching for “Best Italian restaurant in San Francisco” this time, opt for “Best Italian rooftop restaurant in San Francisco.”
- At the same time, if your search keywords are excessively specific, it can deter Google from finding you the results you want. So if you see that your keywords are not throwing up an adequate amount of search results, eliminate the specifics and go for more generalized search terms.
- You can refine your Google search using a handful of other methods too. For example, if you want to search for laptops but are not keen on Dell laptops, search “laptop” and then insert a minus sign before “Dell” like this “laptop – Dell.”
Similarly, if you’re searching for phrases, input dashes after every word or put them all within quotes for better results.
- Utilize Google’s different subsections to arrive at your search results more easily. You can click on the “News” subheading below the search bar on the results page if you’re specifically looking for news items. You can select “Images” if you seek pictures for your search results.
How to search for an image on Google?
Aside from letting you search the web with keywords, Google also allows you to upload a picture and run an image search online. For example, say you found a beautiful image of a restaurant you would like to visit, but don't know its name at all, or even know where it is located. You can upload the image to Google, which will find all similar images online. This way, Google will find the exact restaurant, its name, its address and its website. All that is left to do is to call them and make a reservation!
To run a Google reverse image search:
- Open your web browser.
- Head to Google Images by clicking on "Images" in the top right corner of your Google homepage - next to Gmail.
- Click search by image, next to the camera icon.
- Click upload an image then "choose file" or "browse". This will let you upload a picture from your computer, then just click "open" or "choose" once you've selected the right image.
- You can also drag and drop an image by holding down the mouse, dragging the picture, and then dropping it into the search box
- And you can even run an image search with a URL. Go to the website with the picture you want to use. To copy the URL, right-click on the picture and choose "copy image address". In the Google image search, paste the image URL in the text box.
When you search with a picture, your results may include:
- Similar images
- The websites that contain these images
- Other sizes of the picture you searched with
We’ve all heard of Google and its power to provide you with any information that you could possibly want. Google, without any doubt, is the most popular search engine in the history of search engines. If you didn’t know how to use Google to run a search before this, now you do. So, search away; the world is your oyster. Wonderful possibilities await you.