Very useful Google Search Tricks

In addition to providing easy access to billions of web pages, Google has many special features to help you to find exactly what you’re looking for. Some of our most popular features are listed below.

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. Search e.g. weather San Francisco, CA

Stock Quotes – To see current market data for a given company or fund, type the ticker symbol into the search box. On the results page, you can click the link to see more data from Google Finance. Search e.g. CSCO

Time – To see the time in many cities around the world, type in “time” and the name of the city. Search e.g. time London

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. Search e.g. san francisco 49ers

Calculator – To use Google’s built-in calculator function, simply enter the calculation you’d like done into the search box. Search e.g. 5*9+(sqrt 10)^3=

Book Search – If you’re looking for results from Google Book Search, you can enter the name of the author or book title into the search box. Then, click on “Books” from the left-hand navigation to view book content. You can click through on the record to view more detailed info about that author or title. Search e.g. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Unit Conversion – You can use Google to convert between many different units of measurement of height, weight, and volume among many others. Just enter your desired conversion into the search box and we’ll do the rest. Search e.g. 10.5 cm in inches

Public Data – To see trends for population and unemployment rates of U.S. states and counties, type “population” or “unemployment rate” followed by a state or county. You can click through to a page that lets you compare different locations. Search e.g. population FL

People Profiles – If you’re looking for someone you just met or a long-lost friend, enter the name of that person plus some identifying words about him or her to see a list of people with that name. Search e.g. jon wiley

Synonym Search – If you want to search not only for your search term but also for its synonyms, place the tilde sign (~) immediately in front of your search term. Search e.g. ~fast food

Dictionary Definitions – To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word “define” then a space, then the word(s) you want defined. To see a list of different definitions from various online sources, you can type “define:” followed by a word or phrase. Note that the results will define the entire phrase. Search e.g. Define philosophy

Spell Checker – Google’s spell checking software automatically checks whether your query uses the most common spelling of a given word. If it thinks you’re likely to generate better results with an alternative spelling, it will ask “Did you mean: (more common spelling)?”. Click the suggested spelling to launch a Google search for that term. Search e.g. expolsion

Local Search – If you’re looking for a store, restaurant, or other local business you can search for the category of business and the location and we’ll return results right on the page, along with a map, reviews, and contact information. Search e.g. Italian food 02138

Movie Showtimes – To find reviews and showtimes for movies playing near you, type “movies” or the name of a current film into the Google search box. If you’ve already saved your location on a previous search, the top search result will display showtimes for nearby theaters for the movie you’ve chosen. Search e.g. movies 94705

Currency Conversion – To use our built-in currency converter, simply enter the conversion you’d like done into the Google search box and we’ll provide your answer directly on the results page. Search e.g. 150 GBP in USD

Maps – Looking for a map? Type in the name or U.S. zip code of a location and the word “map” and we’ll return a map of that location. Clicking on the map will take you to a larger version on Google Maps. Search e.g. Seattle map

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