How to Use Google

Many internet users rely on Google almost every day. Yet, there is more to Google than a mere search engine. It covers images, groups, Google+, documents in cloud storage, maps, calendars and much more. Indeed, there is enough in Google products to run an entire business if wished. This article provides the basics on getting around Google and making the most of its varied offerings.


Getting to Google

1. Go to the Google home page. Simply make a new tab or window and type in or (either one should produce the same results). Press Enter/Return on your browser or click on the arrow at the right of the address box. Once you're there, you can start searching on the web or looking for other features that Google has.

Or, use this alternative method only if you are searching (and only if you use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox), not if you're actually looking to land on the home page:

2.Type in the word(s) you're searching for in the box and click on the blue magnifying glass on the right or press Enter/Return.
Your search results will appear right after you click on the magnifying glass or press Enter/Return.

++Searching on Google

3.Search using Google. Simply type in the word(s) that you're searching for. Once you are done, you can press Enter/Return or click on Google Search.

4.When you press the Enter/Return or click on Google Search, it'll have search results. If the results you're looking for doesn't have the right results, then keep looking through pages until you find the right page!

5.Use quotation marks. Putting some/all of your search phrase in quotes means that Google will search for pages that contain that whole phrase. For example, if you entered chocolate cookies, without quotes, Google would find any pages containing the word chocolate or the word cookies (but pages with both words do end up higher in the results). However, if you surrounded it with quotes (e.g "chocolate cookies"), it would search only for pages that contain that whole phrase. Remember that "chocolate cookies" is not "cookies chocolate"; it will search for the words in a specific order.

6.Use numbers and equations. Once you have gotten onto Google, you can enter expressions or conversions in the search bar and Google will do the rest for you.

7.Use expressions. Simply type the expression (such as 3+5) into the search bar and hit enter. For square roots, use the word "sqrt". For example, to calculate the square root of 81, you would enter sqrt81.

8.Use conversions. Enter the number and unit (13 miles for example) and then "in (unit to convert to)" So if you wanted "13 miles in kilometers", you would "Google" that phrase and it would give you the conversion.

9.Use the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button. The "I'm Feeling Lucky" button is another feature for searching. It is similar to a regular Google search, but it's a little different. The only similar thing about those two is that you can type the keyword(s) in the toolbar. After you click on the I'm Feeling Lucky button, you will be taken immediately to the first search result.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search gives your broader search functions by siphoning down the search terms to more exact and specific results. If you're searching for a really specific thing (like a supreme pizza without green peppers recipe, for example), then it's recommended that you use Advanced Search at

You can also use Advanced Search if you like extremely specific search results, such as looking for a cheeseburger without tomatoes but added mayonnaise recipe in French on YouTube.

Use preferences.

Preferences is basically changing the way you see your searches on your browser. You can change the following things:
the language you're reading the results in
whether you want to use SafeSearch or not (it's recommended)
how many results return per page
whether you want to open the Google results in a new window
change the query suggestions option.

If you're planning to do any of the things listed above, Preferences is the best place to go. After you're done, press Save Preferences somewhere on the top right corner of the page.

Use language tools. Language Tools has something to do about languages.

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This is known as "the most comprehensive image search on the web". If you're looking for a photo for any purpose, then you can use this feature.[1]

1.Search for images. Google Image Search is found at It is similar to the text search, except that the results are images and not webpages. If you click on an image, it will tell you where Google got the photo from.
See How to search Google by images for more details.
Always be aware of the copyright of images before using them for your own purposes.


1.See How to geocode an address in Google maps javascript.


1.See How to add RSS feeds to your Google personalized homepage


Gmail is google's email site


See How to Use Google+ for more details.
See also How to use Google+ hangouts, How to create circles in Google+, How to import your Facebook friends to Google+, How to post on Facebook via Google+, How to use Sparks on Google+ and How to organize your Google+ stream sidebar.
See also Set your Google+ profile picture and How to tag people in photos on Google+.


See How to manage a Google group.


iGoogle allows you to have your own homepage. You can personalize it with your own themes, games, or any other application. This requires you to have an account with Google, which is free.

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Google Tips and Tricks

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Google Scholar gives more accurate, research-based information.
For faster Google searching, install the Google search toolbar, which is available for Internet Explorer and Firefox. It is found here.
Check out the other features!
Check out the other features!
With Google, you can also search for images and audio/video results using the same box. Instead of using the Google search, click on the appropriate tab for the type of media you want.
Try to use the simplest form of the word possible. For example, instead of ships, use ship. Instead of John's bar, use John bar.
Clicking on Advanced Search will sometimes return better results.
If you have McAfee Site Advisor installed on your computer, there will either be a green check mark, a yellow "!", or a red X next to the search result. Make sure you click on a search result that has a green check mark on it.

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Make sure to look over the information before clicking on any search result. Use your best judgment when you're using certain sources.
For search controls with pictures, click on the tab on the top of the Images page that reads SafeSearch.
Only use Method 2 in Getting to Google if you have the Google toolbar. Otherwise, it won't work!

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