Practically everything you ever wanted to know (and even stuff you don’t!) can be found on the Internet. A simple Google search can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
If you’re like me, you’re all about saving time and making life easier. Google has created a really smart search engine to help you find what you’re looking for faster and easier. For this article, I’ve researched and compiled a list of 10 cool Google search tricks.
NOTE: Some of these tips may work on other search engines, such as Bing and Yahoo.
What time is it?
To find the local time in the city nearest you, simply type in what time is it in the search box. If you want to find out the current time in a specific city, type in what time is it followed by the name of the city (for example, what time is it New York City).
If you don’t have a calculator handy, or just don’t want to try to do the numbers in your head, Google can perform even the most complex of mathematical calculations. Simply write the math equation in the search box.
Find movie show times
Yes, Showplace Cinemas lists movie times on their website. But you can find them out quickly and easily using Google. In the search box, type movie: followed by the name of the movie. For example, movie: The Expendables 2.
Look up definitions
Remember those bulky red Webster’s dictionaries from high school? Now you can access every word at your fingertips. To find out what a word means, type define: followed by the word. For example, define: enigma.
Search for similar terms
It’s best to be as specific as possible when searching for something on the Internet. However, many different words can be used to describe the same thing. You can use a the tilde (~) sign before the word you want synonyms for. For example, if you’re searching for tutorials, in the search box you can type ~tutorials. This will bring up results for tutorials, guides, manuals, resources and several other similar words.
Search for specific terms
Another way to narrow down your search results is to use specific words or phrases. Type your word or phrase in quotation marks in the Google search box. For example, “Google search tips”.
Search for specific file types
If you’re searching online for a manual for your television, it most likely will be available as a PDF file. However, if you simply search by the make and model of your television, hundreds of useless search results will fill up the pages. Using the filetype statement can help you quickly locate the type of file you are looking for. For example, Panasonic TC-L42E50 manual filetype:PDF returns the user guide as the first search result.
Expecting an important FedEx or UPS delivery? Simply type in the tracking number in the Google search box.
Get flight information
Picking up a friend or family member at the airport and need to know if their flight is on time? Enter the airline and flight number in the search box. Google will give you the arrival and departure times. For example, Delta flight 5778.
Although Google maps and Google Earth are powerful tools for finding locations, you can pull up a map right with the Google search bar. Simply type in maps: followed by the location. For example, maps: Indianapolis, Indiana will display a map of our state capital.