Make your Web searches easier on yourself with these four search tips from Macworld senior contributor Joe Kissell.
- Take advantage of advanced search. In Google, after you’ve typed in a basic search term, click the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the results page to narrow your search.
- Use different search engines. You have multiple search engines at your disposal, so use them! Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask.com and DuckDuckGo all prioritize pages differently.
- Consider a metasearch. If you’re constantly doing research online, try DevonAgent Pro. It’s a site that will query many search engines simultaneously to find the overlap in search results and summarize by concept for you.
- Calculate, convert, define and more. Google can handle calculations (try 104 * 36.8), currency conversions (185 dollars in euros), time-zone conversions (time in Paris), weather forecasts (weather San Diego), word definitions (define: pedantic) and more.
— Adapted from “Ten Essential Tips for Searching the Web,” Joe Kissell, Macworld.