Google Search, you've probably heard of it. To some, it's an indispensable professional tool and functionally, a gateway to the rest of the internet. For others, it's the mechanism by which you prove to your romantic partner that the lyrics to the song go "There's a bad moon on the rise...", and not "There's a bathroom on the right."
Say you're having a dilemma. You've got a hot query on your hands, but there's a second query that is equally applicable. What's a Googler to do in these trying times? Instead of poring over both separately, try using quotes and the word "or" in your search to combine both phrases into one (i.e. "best simple cocktails" OR "best simple mixed drinks). As always, make sure you Google and drink responsibly.
Speaking of guestimation, you can also use the "around(x)" command to search web pages where words only appear a certain distance from one another. For example, "life (6) lemons" would limit searches to instances where those words appear within 6 other words of one another. This command may or may not help you make lemonade.
There are things in life that you want to keep tabs on, like that DIY gaming rig you ordered, or travel plans. Fortunately, if you've got a flight or tracking number handy, Google Search can pull up information on both, letting you know (roughly) when your new, very necessary fondue pot (or your in-laws) will arrive.
While the shotgun approach can work, there are times when you might need a laser. Luckily, Google allows you to zoom in your searches to specific sites by adding a colon to your query (e.g. site:inputmag.com). This will limit your results to only things that appear on your specified (really cool tech) site.
While these aren't all of the command functions and tricks Google Search has to offer, they're certainly some of the most important for utilizing Search to its fullest. With any luck, a few of these might just make your life as an internet philosopher, skeptic, or general seeker of valuable information (and shipping updates) just a little bit easier.