Google tips and tricks

As Internet users, we are all familiar with Google, the most popular search engine. We use Google on a regular basis, maybe even several times a day, to find information.

Google is not only popular, it’s also powerful. With Google, we can not only find information, we can also do it in a very quick, easy and convenient way.

Here are a few examples to demonstrate the power of Google – how it can be used to make finding information quickly, easily and conveniently.

1. Dictionary definitions

No need to pull the dictionary from the shelf and look up a word. The fast way to look up the definition of a word or phrase is to simply use the "define:" command in Google search box.

Example: define:earthquake

2. Weather

To see the weather for many U.S. and worldwide cities, type "weather" followed by the city and state, U.S. zip code, or city and country.

Example: weather st. paul

3. Time

To see the time in many cities around the world, type in "time" and the name of the city.

Example: time in Beijing (searched at 1:34 pm CST)
Google results: 3:34am Tuesday (CST) – Time in Beijing, China

4. Maps

To get a map of a location, type in the name or U.S. zip code of the location and the word "map" Google will bring up a map of that location. Clicking on the map will take you to a larger version on Google Maps.

Example: Minneapolis map

5. Phone Listing

You can get the name and address associated with a phone number if you enter the phone number in the Google search. However, if the number is not publicly listed, then you will not get any information.

Example: 123-456-7890

6. Area Code Lookup

If all you need to do is to look-up the area code for a phone number, just enter the 3-digit area code and Google will tell you where it’s from.

Example: 651

7. Stock quotes

To see current market data for a given company or fund, enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term and Google will give you the current financial information and a quick thumb-nail chart for the stock.

Example: Cce  

8. Sports scores

To see scores and schedules for sports teams type the team name or league name into the search box. This is enabled for many leagues including the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball.

Example: san francisco 49ers

9. Flight status

Instead of call the airline or go to the airline website to check flight status, you can simply enter the airline and flight number:

Example: NWA 620 (or Delta flight 171)

10. Package tracking

You can track USPS, UPS, and FedEx packages by typing the tracking number directly into the search box. Google will return results that include quick links to easily track the status of your shipment.

Example: 1Z9999W99999999999

11 Patent numbers

To search for U.S. patents, enter the word "patent" followed by the patent number into the Google search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button.

Example: Patent 5123123

12. Mathematical calculations

Example: 99 times 99
Google results: 99 times 99 = 9801

Example: 2+3+5
Google results: 2 + 3 + 5 = 10

Example: 48512 * 1.02
Google results: 48 512 * 1.02 = 49 482.24

13. Currency conversion

Example: 100 GBP in USD
Google results: 100 British pounds = 163.37 U.S. dollars

14. Measurement conversion

Example: 32F in C
Goog results: 32 degrees Fahrenheit = 0 degrees Celsius

Example: 1 meter= ?inches
Google results: 1 meter = 39.3700787 inches

15. Song lyric

To find the lyric of a song, typing :lyric after a song title.

Example: amazing grace:lyric

16. Earthquakes

To see information about recent earthquakes in a specific area type "earthquake" followed by the city and state or U.S. zip code. For recent earthquake activity around the world simply type "earthquake" in the search box.

Example: earthquake Haiti

What else can Google do? I am wondering.

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