The world’s most popular search engine has a few tricks up its sleeve that is well worth trying out. Over the next few posts we will look at some of the most useful (and fun) search tricks.
We will not be going into too much detail. The idea is to introduce a feature and then encourage you to go explore. This introduction post will look at Search settings.
Google allows users to sign into Google search with a Google account. While not required, there are advantages to signing into your Google account. It allows Google search to remember your search preferences across sessions and even across your different computers, phones and tablets. Google also offers a lot more than just Internet searches. Signing into Google search will allow access to all these services. It is very easy to sign up for a new Google account if you do not have one. A link is provided at the end of this post.
Search settings allow you to change how results are found and displayed. The most valuable setting is SafeSearch filters – turn on SafeSearch to filter sexually explicit content from your search results. There is also an option to lock SafeSearch that will provide even better protection across all your devices.
Another very useful setting is Where results open. Most people would want to open more than just one search result. This is usually done by right clicking and choosing to open it in a new window or tab, or by holding the Ctrl key and clicking (this should work in most browsers). With the Where results open option set to Open each selected result in a new browser window, you now just click on a result and it opens in a new window or tab.
The Google search settings icon is not available on the Google Search start page; you first have to search for something. It can then be accessed by clicking on the gear icon on the search results page and then selecting Search settings.
Other Google services
As mentioned earlier, Google offers many additional services. The most popular services include Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Drive, Google+ , YouTube and Play. Access these services from the top menu bar on Google’s home page. For some of these services, you will need to be signed into your Google account (like Gmail, Calendar and Drive).