We all love Google. It’s a great place to search and find things that we do not know about. The beauty of Google is its all powerful algorithm that executes billions of search queries. In addition to showing top notch search results, Google’s algorithm has a few interesting features.
We’ll be taking a look at a few tips that can help us tap into the full power of Google.
Want to know what’s the current local time in a city across the globe? Google can help you.
USD in EURO
You wont have to go WSJ‘s web page or use a mobile app. Google can tell you the real time currency conversion rates.
km mile or km in mile
inch feet or inch in feet
sec in ms
The following search strings can help you convert units pretty quickly. You can try out a lot more on your own.
In addition to unit conversions, mathematical conversions can also be done with the help of Google.
Search for similar keywords
For those of us who do not know technical jargon, Google lets us to search for keywords that could be similar or synonymous to the one you are using.
Google will search for similar keywords like guides, how tos, manuals etc.
You can easily eliminate a particular keyword from the search.
This search string will not include paid software in the results.
Accessing blocked websites
Want to catch up on the latest celebrity gossip from a site banned in your corporate firewall? Google can help you.
Removing specific sites from results
Google makes it very easy to eliminate results from a particular site that you don’t want to be listed.
This string can be very helpful when you want to eliminate links from ecommerce sites when searching for product information.
intitle:tips for interior design
If you are tired of the search farm results with their useless keyword stuffed articles, you can choose to search the titles instead for better results.
inurl:tips for interior design
URL search works the same as Title Search except for the fact that the words in the URL (Permalinks) alone are searched.
Weather reports for your local city or for any city in the world can be found using the following search string.
Tracking Flight Status
delta flight 1587
If you know the flight number, you dont have to be calling the airline to check the status.
Searching for specific filetypes
If you are looking for a specific filetype, say a PowerPoint file to learn about Robotics, this is the right search string for you.
Searching within a Specific Website
Google indexes almost all websites in the world. Now if you know that a particular is available in a website and you dont want to search anywhere else use the following search string
Searching for related websites
Google can act as a recommendation engine if you like a particular website.
daterange:1234567– 1234569 “apple”
You can search for results from a particular date range using this search string. The catch is that you will have to use the Julian date format and you can know more about it here.
Google can be your very own online phonebook.
Want to know the politically correct definition for a term? There is a string for that!
Google can be a great calculator if you like using your keyboard and not a mouse pointer in the native calculator app of the operating system.
Aint no *
The following search string can be very useful if you forgot the words in a lyric of a song you listened earlier. the wildcard symbol “*” will compare the possible results using the Google algorithm.
Google can list the movies playing in your town with showtimes.
If you know the ticker symbol of a listed company, you can have their financial data in seconds.
Be it numbers, years or price, Google lets you search withing numerical ranges.
maps: upper east side
With the maps keyword, there is no need for you open a Google Maps window to find your location.
Area Code Lookup
If you know an area code and want to know more details abut the same, just type in the three digits and the details will be shown. Works within US only though.
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