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How to view non-personalized search results
Tired of seeing search results that are filled with personal recommendations, auto-corrections, and more? Google quietly launched the "verbatim" tool a number of months ago to help you alleviate that. To use it, after you perform a search, on the left, you will see "More search tools." Click it and it will drop down to reveal the "verbatim" tool. Once you click "verbatim," your search results will refresh and yield unfiltered, uninfluenced search results. For more about the "verbatim" tool, click here to read Google's official announcement of it.
How to quickly find a definition
Need to know the definition of a word? Simply head to Google and use the "define:" operator! For example, if you wanted a definition of ZDNet, you would search for the following: define:zdnet
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
How to view direct links in Google
One of my pet peeves with Google is that I can't just right-click on a link and choose "save target as." This is especially annoying when sifting through mountains of .ppt, .pdf, .doc, and similar document/presentation filetypes. As such, I use a little trick with Firefox to allow me to quickly copy the full, direct link.
In the image above, you can see the title of the result that I have highlighted in addition to "oc" just beneath it. The trick is to start from where the "oc" is (which will be something other than "oc," if you're using a search result of your own) and highlight that one word plus the title of the search result. Then, you right-click on the word (not on the title of the search result) and select "View Selection Source" from the drop-down box. Firefox will take you straight to the section of code where the full link is displayed. You can then copy it and do with it whatever you so desire.