Three awesome Google tricks to help you find answers faster

This 2012 file photo shows a Google logo on a window at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Every day, people do 3 billion Google searches. There’s a good reason for that. In seconds, you type in whatever you can imagine searching for, and Google comes back with your answer. Yet, these days, the seconds it takes to search Google can feel like an ice age. That’s especially true when you’re on a deadline at work or scrambling to finish a school report.

That’s why these three Google search tips are so handy. You can cut the time it takes you to do a Google search by a few seconds, and you’re likely to get better results.

Have you ever heard something on TV, or read something in the newspaper that you wanted to share? Maybe it was a local event you want to tell a family member about, or weather conditions in a country your friend will soon visit.

If so, you invariably searched Google for that TV show mention or newspaper article, only to find dozens of other mentions of the story, just not the one you were looking for. You can scroll up and down Google and never find the original source of what you heard. So, you waste time looking for it.

But, you don’t need to. Instead, just search that website straight from Google. You can do this two different ways. The first way is to type the Web address in the address bar, then hit “tab”. Then, type your search term.

The other option is to type in the source of the information, like “Time magazine,” and the topic you’re looking for, such as “Donald Trump Iowa” (see photo). Or, type in “Komando mini iPhone” and your result will be, “Here’s what we know about the new mini-iPhone so far.”

There’s nothing more frustrating about a Google search than getting results that only vaguely touch on the topic you’re interested in. You might for the Android Stagefright bug, for example, but get results that have nothing to do with the bug that affected 1 billion people using Android devices.

So, to cut down on scrolling past articles that have nothing to do with your search, use quotation marks to find articles that match only the exact phrase you’re searching. For instance, “Android Stagefright bug” gets you results for that phrase.

A lot of times when you’re searching for something on Google, you get a lot of versions of the same story, from different points in time. That could be “rumors about a mini iPhone” or it could be an answer that came much later than that, when Apple officially announced its upcoming iPhone.

There’s no need to wade through outdated articles that don’t tell the whole story, or that tell an incomplete story. Recently, for instance, the IRS has been warning people who electronically file taxes to protect themselves against cybercrimes.

That’s good to know. But a more important story is that the IRS confirmed that cybercriminals used stolen Social Security numbers to create more than 100,000 E-Pins, so they could file fraudulent claims.

To get the latest information on IRS and cybersecurity, type, “IRS electronic filing PINs solved,” and you get IRS’s official statement on the issue, and news reports from one day ago.

On the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show, Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com. Kim also posts breaking tech news 24/7 at News.Komando.com.