Showing posts with label Google. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google. Show all posts

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

How to use Google Search like a Professional

How to use Google search like a professional user
This video will give you six tools that will help to increase the accuracy of your searches and reduce your time invested in searching. They are:
1. Phrase Search. Learning to include quotes before and after our search phrase forces Google to return the exact phrase were searching for.
2. Searching a website using Google. We can search any website from Google search using the following format. Irag
3. Terms you want ton exclude (-) We can force Google to exclude terms that are usually associated, should that association cloud our search results. Cats and dogs are generally associated, but if we want information about cats, and want nothing about dogs, we can put a minus sign hard up against the dogs search term, and this will cause/force Google to ignore everything associated with dogs.Cool ha?
4. The OR Operator. If we want a range of information about a subject from 2 distinct periods, we can use the OR separator to define what we want, and when we want it from.
5. Search and Phone Numbers. Google is a great way to get further concerning phone numbers. If you need to know more information about a company, search their phone number and see what comes back.
6. The Wildcard * If we can only partially recall some facts or a quote, we can enter into Google Search as much as we can remember. Where we cant recall information, we can type a wildcard and then commence the search. Google will use their reach to fill in the blanks, or in this case the wildcard. We can use multiple wildcards if necessary.
Thanks for watching. #ndyvcc

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Google's "Search don't Sort"

One of the most difficult concept to get across to my computer students is Google's "search don't sort" philosophy, and what it means for us as Google users.

But there is a good reason why this is so. The majority of my students have completed their working life. They have been continually admonished whilst working to "get organised", make sure everything is in order; creathierarchies, file documents, create organisational notes, and thus make it easy for those who follow to view our work. Its no wonder we think and organise in our private lives, in the manner to which we are accustomed.

So here we are wanting to update our computer skills, and Google tells us to "search, and not sort". They're not really supporting us to organise our Gmail in the "normal" way.

The reason for this is Google's supreme confidence that they can find for us whatever it is were looking for. Gmail for example. We have archived an email earlier, maybe some months earlier. And now we face the question:
  1. Where is it? 
  2. How do I find (my archived email?).
The answer lies in understanding Google's philosophy of "search don't sort". If we look carefully, we will always find a Search-box inside all of Google's products. Here are some examples.

Search Box for Calendar, Drive, Gmail, Google+ and Maps.

You will notice one consistent feature of these search boxes: they are all placed prominently at the top and centre of each service. With good reason. To encourage us to use the search function whenever we are seeking information, whether it be from the archive or from the internet.

Searching in one product searches across several products.

To find whatever we seek, we only need recall a single word that occurred in the Gmail, document, map or whatever. For example, we can search for "Healesville" whilst inside our Gmail.

Here we can see the result of this search. The top third of the search is detailing where its found instances of the key word, in this case Healesville. Its found the
  • label:Healesville, 
  • then a Group 
  • and another Label both of which have the key word in it.

The centre third indicates Google has found the key word in three emails ranging between 15th and 18th December.

The bottom third details documents I've created or uploaded which include the key word (Healesville), spanning between 11th September and 17th November.

The final line is an offer. Google is offering to search the web for the Healesville key word, if you cant see the information your looking for summarised. 

Those are the basics. Once we get the hang of searching and not sorting, we find ourselves dancing quickly between the various Google products, led along by our searches until we find the information were looking for. So give it a try.

Nigel Dobson