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Tips for having successful searches on Google, Bing and Duck Duck Go

Tips for having successful searches on Google, Bing and Duck Duck Go

1. Search within a site

To search for information within a given site You have to write the name of the portal in the search bar after the text “site”. Thus, for example, if you want to search for information on a certain topic that was specifically published on a news page like this one, for example, you would have to write the topic you are looking for and then specify “site: infobae.com”

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2. Specific Phrase Searches

For these cases you have to use quotes. Thus, if you are looking for information on a particular question, put all the terms in quotation marks. In this way, only the data linked to the reference topic is filtered and not those that have each of the words of the subject. Example “Frida Kahlo’s house”.

3. Definition of a particular word

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If you are looking for the dictionary definition of a particular word, just type the following formula: “define house”.

4. Find weather information

To find out what the weather conditions will be like for the day or the next few days, you have to write “weather” in the search box and the system, which detects the user’s location, will display the desired information.

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5. Search by file type

It is also possible filter searches by file type. For that you have to put the theme in question and then the term “filetype” followed by the required extension. Example: “vulnerabilities, filetype: pdf”. That way you will see all the pdf files that have information about vulnerabilities.

6. Search by date

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It is possible to narrow the search including dates. The three mentioned search engines offer the option, although the way to access this tool has small variations.

In the case of Google, just below the search bar you have to press where it says “tools” and a submenu with three options will be displayed, one of them is “any date”. It is pressed there and the desired range is selected.

In the case of Bing, the legend “date” appears directly below the search bar and the same thing happens in Duck Duck Go although in this case the legend is “at any time”. You click there and determine the search intervals you want to do.

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7. Exclude certain information

In case you want to search for information excluding some related data, then you will have to use the minus sign in the formula that is written in the search engine. Example, if you write “(“social networks”),-Instagram”; the system will offer information that excludes the term after the “-”, which in this case is Instagram.

8. Calculator

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The search engines have an integrated calculator, so that when you write the formula for the account you want to make, the system automatically opens the calculator and offers the result.

9. Switch from one currency to the other

Both Google and Bing have a built-in currency converter that, after writing the number along with the currency to which you want to convert, return the result directly. DuckDuckGo does not have this option but, like any search engine, it refers to pages that can do this job.

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Tricks and surprises hidden in Google

The seeker has several secrets or easter eggs hidden ones that are triggered by just using a key word or phrase.

1. Games

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Some of the surprises that the search engine hides are games. To activate them, simply write their names in the search engine and a digital version of the game will immediately appear so you can start playing.

Below are the names that can be typed into the search engine. In some cases they are only activated if the name is written in English, in other cases, the name can also be written in Spanish.

zerg rush

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Pacman

tic tac toe

play snake

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Lonely

minesweeper

2. Fun facts

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To find curiosities or fun facts, just write “fun facts” or “fan facts”. The system will offer a summary of curiosities to entertain the reader.

3. A 360 degree turn

Typing the phrase “Do a barrel roll” will cause the browser to do a 360-degree turn. An entertaining trick that will surprise more than one.

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4. The Bat-Signal

The search engine usually includes surprises linked to premieres, historical data or other relevant topics. In this case, a few days after the premiere of Batman, Google included a new trick. When typing “bat signal” in the search engine, you have to look for the blinking icon of Batman and press on it, you will see the shadow of the hero cross the screen.

DuckDuckGo

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Here are some specific features that Duck Duck Go offers that can be very useful.

1. Bangs

Bangs allow you to search for information directly on a website. Although it is possible to do this search by including the formula “filetype: site name”, as mentioned above, it can also be done with the exclamation point and the initial letter of the site in question. There are several sites that have their bangs. In the case of YouTube, for example, you have to use !yt; on amazon: !a. To see the available bangs you must enter here.

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2. Generate QR codes

The search engine allows you to generate QR codes in a single click. If you want to generate this type of code for a web page, then you will have to write qr in the search engine, followed by the url and the system will generate the code, which can be scanned and shared.

3. Find HTML codes easily

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To find HTML codes for different characters, just enter “html chars” and the system will return a list with codes for different characters.

4. Shorten links

To shorten links without having to resort to third-party pages, just write “shorten”, followed by the link you want to shorten and the system will return a shortened link, ready to copy and paste.

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