Now and then we return to technology basics for your practice, such as cursor settings, rebooting your machine, or plain-language typing. This time, we’ll concentrate on Google and how best to use its remarkably powerful online search engine. If you are already using Google to find things online, keep reading. Or should we say “keep looking.” We’ve got some great professional screenshots that provide a quick refresher. That’s why we call this our multimedia lawyer’s guide.
First things first. To get to Google’s oniine search engine, look toward the top of your browser window. This is the area of the screen where you normally type in things like “justgoogleitdotcom” or “theinternetsdotcom.” I’m pointing to it in my screenshot here:
Once you find the Google home page, look for the text box that is roughly in the middle of the screen. I’m also pointing to that in the screenshot below. Use your mouse and hover over that text box, then click.
Finally, type in the text box what you want to find. In our example, we’ve typed in “How Much Should I Pay for a Social Media Consultant.” Presto. Google is so fast and so smart that the search results appear directly below your search terms, without even pressing the return button.
In the screenshot above, I’m pointing to my search terms as well as the top three results (apologies for the unfortunate coincidence that my index finger points at an”off-color” remark about social media consulting). The search results, though, are not limited to these three. More results are below these three and can be viewed by scrolling with your mouse or by rubbing your finger down on the screen.
Google search is a great tool for lawyers to use to find useful information. If you have tips or your own screenshots on how to optimize Google search, let us know. Otherwise, happy searching!