This Google search trick just got updated – here’s how to use it

Google search is the easiest way to find anything you’re looking for, but you can also narrow your search by searching for specific terms with quotes. Now Google has made Google Search even better.

Using quotes on words or phrases when searching for something specific is a fantastic way to get the results you’re looking for. Google search will show all web pages that mention the word or phrase you are looking for. For example, go to google “search google” with quotes, and Google will do the job.

Thanks to an update, this handy trick will also allow you to see where in the web page the word or phrase is mentioned before you even click on it. In the Google blog, software engineer Yonghao Jin details how it works.

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“The snippets we display for search results (i.e. the text you see describing web content) will be formed around where a quoted word or phrase appears in a web document,” says Jin. “This means you can more easily identify where to find them after clicking the link and visiting the content.”

Now you will be able to see a bolded word or phrase in the code snippet. It’s a simple but effective trick, which makes it easier for you to find what you need and where it is on a specific webpage. However, this trick is currently only available on desktop computers, which means you won’t see the bolded items when using quoted phrases on mobile devices.

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While using quotes in Google searches can narrow down what you’re looking for, there are still some limitations you should be aware of. For example, some web pages contain content that is not visible, even though it can be seen when using Google search.

This is because some of the content will be hidden in the meta description or alt text when describing images, meaning the word or phrase you are looking for will not be on the web page itself. As the post points out, Google may also see content that doesn’t initially load on a page when you access it, such as content rendered via JavaScript that only appears if you click to view it.

Also, if you are looking for multiple quoted items, the snippet may show only one or two, especially if they are far apart on the webpage. Whatever the most used word or quote is, the code snippet will show it instead.

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