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Do you really know how to use Google? This infographic will help take your “Google-fu” to almost ninja like status.

We all know how to google something, or at least we think we do. The infographic below will help your search technique become faster, easier and more precise.


Infographic courtesy or 

Here are some others that where not mentioned and examples of their use. Courtesy of

The Wildcard
The asterisk (*) is a wildcard that can match any word. For example, if you wanted to see what companies Google has purchased and how much they paid, you could use this search:

Example:  “google purchased * for * dollars”

Site Search

The site: operator allows you to perform a search in a specific site. Let’s say you’re looking for information on Xboxone on Justleon You could use the following search

Example: xbox one

File Type

The filetype: operator lets you search for files of a specific file type. For example, you could search for only PDF files.

Example: filetype:pdf redapt inc

One word or the Other 

The “OR” operator lets you find words that contain one term or another. For example, using the following search will pull up results that contain either the word “Ubuntu” or the word “Linux.” The word “OR” must be in uppercase.

Example: ubuntu OR linux

Word Definitions 

You don’t have to Google a word and look for a dictionary link if you want to see its definition. Use the following search trick and you’ll see an inline definition:

Example: define:word


Use Google instead of pulling one out or launching a calculator app. Use the +, -, * and / symbols to specify arithmetic operations. You can also use brackets for more complicated expressions. Here’s an example:

(5 + 2) * (6 / 6)

Unit Conversions 

The calculator can also convert between units. Just type “X [units] in [units]”. Here’s an example:

8 nautical miles in kilometers

2 comments on “Do you really know how to use Google? This infographic will help take your “Google-fu” to almost ninja like status.

  1. Suzette Henry-Campbell
    October 19, 2013

    Thanks for sharing. I have not been paying too much attention to the relevance of infographics.

    • leon206
      October 19, 2013

      Hi Suzette,

      Infographics are a great way to get ideas or information out into the world. I’ve seen lots that are quite good. Some of them relating to very complex ideas. Check out some of my other posts to see what I mean. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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