Keeping up with news, whether it’s a global event, a new device being released, the first trailer to a much anticipated movie, or just reading up on the latest bug plaguing your phone is pretty easy. You can Google just about anything though Google doesn’t always rank news items or even tutorials by how recently they were published. When it comes to anything that isn’t explicitly news related, Google will use other parameters when showing you relevant search results. This can be a problem when you need to find information that is recent and more relevant to your search. To confine the search results to be from a particular time period, you can use the search tools to define how recent they should be and even set a custom date range for them. Here’s how.
Go to Google and type in a search, or just go ahead and enter it in your browser’s search bar. Wait for the first set of search results to load. Under the Google search, and along the same row that lets you switch to Google image, news, etc search, you will see a button labelled, ‘Search tools’. Click it and two options will appear one of which is ‘Any Time’. Click the drop-down next to this button.
From the drop-down menu, select how recent you want the search results to be. If the presets don’t suit you and you want search results from a particular time period, use the ‘Custom range’ option.
There’s obviously a lot of ways this tool can be helpful. Think of any time before the next iOS version is released and you will see lots and lots of news items speculating on new features that will be introduced. Cue the actual release of the OS and when you try to find an actual list of features, you often see dated articles talking about features they had speculated on. The tool can be particularly useful if you’re trying to find a solution to bug that’s recently started occurring after an OS update. It’s basically a super easy way to get only the most recent and relevant search results for time sensitive searches.