01. Using Google Efficiently and Effectively

Everyone knows how to use Google...right? All you have to do is move up to your navigation bar, type in a query and press enter. Given that your browser is properly configured, you'll be wading through thousands of results in no time!

But what about using it efficiently? Is there a technique we can use to better match our results on the first try, instead of having to refine our search queries? Let's find out!

Getting to Google

The fastest way of getting to Google is to set up your browser so that you can simply type your query in the navigation bar. Check out the instructions for Chrome and Firefox.

Google, the all-knowing search engine

We often rely on Google's all-knowing capability, and trust that it'll return the right results...and oftentimes Google is right. The other day I was looking to buy a specific pair of running shoes, but didn't know what the brand was called.

Funny looking running shoes Google search
Voila! The first result was it! Google is certainly is all-knowing.

The search query worked! This time we were lucky, but there are those (rare) times when we have to refine our search - what do we do in those cases?

Searching efficiently

A huge chunk of learning how to code comes from asking Google questions that stump us. When we don't know how to do something, we paste in a few keywords and cross our fingers for something relevant to pop-up. In most cases it works, but sometimes we have to refine our search results until some relevant results show up.

Programmers need to be efficient - not just code efficiently, but work efficiently as well. To get the search results we need first time around, we need all the handy shortcuts, special characters and tricks that Google has to offer.

In this short tutorial series, we'll learn about the most efficient Google navigation. At the end of the series, we'll also show you some fun Google search queries!

Credits to /u/dumpster_dinner

I've been meaning to start this series earlier, but wasn't sure the demand for Googling efficiently was there. Thanks for /u/dumpster_dinner and the reddit community for the validation!

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