10 Unknown Google Tips

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01Jun2011

10 Unknown Google Tips

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By Chere Estrin

Someone sent me the following list of neat Google tricks. I wish I could give credit to the writer, so forgive me about that. If anyone knows, let me know.

However, here are new ways to use Google that we all can use:

  1. Definitions
    Pull up the definition of the word by typing “define” followed by the word you want the definition for. For example, typing “define bravura” would display the definition of that word.
  2. Local search
    Visit Google Local Maps , enter the area you want to search and the keyword of the place you want to find. For example, typing “restaurant” at the above link would display local restaurants.
  3. Phone number lookup
    Enter a full phone number with area code to display the name and address associated with that phone number.
  4. Find weather and movies
    Type “weather” or “movies” followed by a zip code or city and state to display current weather conditions or movie theaters in your area. For example, typing “weather 84101” gives you the current weather conditions for Salt Lake City, UT, and the next four days. Typing “movies 84101” would give you a link for show times for movies in that area.
  5. Track airline flight
    Enter the airline and flight number to display the status of an airline flight and its arrival time. For example, type “delta 123” to display this flight information if available.
  6. Track packages
    Enter a UPS, FedEx or USPS tracking number to get a direct link to track your packages.
  7. Pages linked to you
    See what other web pages are linking to your website or blog by typing “link:” followed by your URL. For example, typing “link:http://www.computerhope.com” displays all pages linking to Computer Hope.
  8. Find PDF results only
    Add “filetype:” to your search to display results that only match a certain file type. For example, if you wanted to display PDF results only, type: “dell xps filetype:pdf.” This is a great way to find online manuals.
  9. Calculator
    Use the Google Search engine as a calculator by typing a math problem in the search. For example, typing “100 + 200” would display results as 300.
  10. Stocks
    Quickly get to a stock quote price, chart, and related links by typing the stock symbol in Google. For example, typing “msft” will display the stock information for Microsoft.

Originally appeared on The Estrin Report blog.

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