How to search Google: 10 advanced tips and tricks

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No matter how good you may be with Google search, there’s always something new to learn given Google’s constant tweaks. This perpetual state of change is most noticeable in Chrome, where Google can integrate search capabilities with its own browser. To advance your search game, or just discover hidden tips, check out these master tips.

View the cached version of a page

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Hop into Google’s time machine to see how a site looks when Google last captured it.

Google’s all-knowing powers reach back to the previous versions of a website. If you click the arrow below the search result on a specific link, you can view the cached version of the page. This will take you to a static view of the last time Google’s robot snapped a picture of that site.

It’s useful for getting a quick peek, because you’ll only need to load a screen grab from Google’s servers instead of the usual advertisements. I’ve also used this if the site is having network problems.

You probably noticed an option for similar. We’ll tell you what that’s about next.

Find related results

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Google can offer a little help at finding similar sites.

If you type “related:searchterm” into the search bar, Google will look for similar websites. The results could flesh out your research or give you a broader view on a topic. If nothing else, it’s way better for killing time than checking Twitter.

Look up that image

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Who needs words? Google can find other instances of an image with its search powers.

There’s a neat tool available when you right-click an image in Chrome. From the popup menu, select Search Google for this image and Google will pull up what it thinks is the same image found elsewhere online.

It can be hit-and-miss: In our example above, Google mistook an Acer Chromebook for a MacBook Pro. However, when you’re searching for a needle in the Internet’s vast haystack, every little bit could help