15 Google Search Features You Must Know

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Friday, December 5, 2008

Google search is undoubtedly the most helpful and widely used search engine in the world. Whoever you are, if you use internet then you must have used Google every time you have logged in. Such is the utility of the Google that it has become synonymous with the word internet. Did you know that Google search offers many more things than just presenting you with your relevant search topics? You can find almost all the necessary information from Google search. Today, I am going to tell you about 15 features which can help you in numerous ways. They will update you about time zones, tell you about latest weather, football scores, even help you in doing maths. So let’s get started.

1. Weather

To see the weather for any city, type “weather” followed by the city and state.

Type weather California to know the weather there. It can prove to be very valuable if you are going for a short trip to some place and you need to know if your trip is going to be brighter or not.

2. 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.

Type CBS and you can see the stock options of CBS from Google search. An absolute delight for share market followers and financers.

3.  Time

You must have known this. To see the time in many cities around the world, type in “time” and the name of the city.

Type time Mumbai and you will be provided with IST at ease.

4.  Sports Scores

To see scores and schedules for sports teams type the team name or league name into the search box.

Type san francisco 49ers and see for yourself.

5. Calculator

Now solve any big homework or numerical problem at ease.  It even supports basic functions like sqrt and etc.

Type 6*9+10 or whatever, and get the result. A delight for quick accountants and students.

6. 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 and they return any book content as if your normal web results. You can click through on the record to view more detailed info about that author or title. I suppose you know this for sure.

7.Unit Conversion

Yes, Google support unit conversion as well. You can use Google to convert between many different units of measurement of height, weight, and mass among others. Just enter your desired conversion into the search box and get the result.

Type 32 C in F to convert 32 degree Celsius temperature into Fahrenheit.

8. Dictionary

To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word “define” then a space, then the word(s) you want defined.

type define delusion to get the result.

9. Spell Checker

Yes there is a spell checker option too. It notifies you right at the time when you have made a typo and also suggests you the possible remedy.

type Sttring and you will be suggested with string, which is the right word.

10. 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 it return results right on the page, along with a map, reviews, and contact information. It is very useful if you are new to a place but need places to visit.

Type Continental food 02138 to find the rest.

11. Movie Showtime

To find reviews and showtimes for movies playing near you, type movies or the name of a current film into the Google search box.

Though I am not sure about this option. I tried searching for some movies but without much success about their showtimes.

12. Find Your House

Suppose, you want to find yourself a new house in your locale or to a place you will be shifting soon. So what do you do? Type homes cityname and you will get all the real estate information.

Type homes LA for an experiment

13. Flight Status and Information

If you are at home and want to know about certain flight and status, you can use say american airlines 18 to know about that flight and its status and further information.

14. Currency Conversion

Its not only about unit. You can check your currency converted to other currencies as well.

Type 100 INR to USD and see the result.

15. Plus (+) operator

Google ignores common words and characters such as where, the, how, and other digits and letters that slow down your search without improving the results. Basically most of the conjunctions and prepositions are overlooked and so are the verbs too. If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can make sure we pay attention to it by putting a + sign in front of it.

Type He me +and you and every word will be searched, leaving none.

16. Bonus Tip:

Sometimes the best way to ask a question is to get Google to fill in the blank by adding an asterisk (*) at the part of the sentence or question that you want finished into the Google search box.

Type Edison invented * or tendulkar has * test runs to get the exact result.


That is not all. You can also get area codes, maps, related search sites and etc from Google Search. It not only searches for the topics you want to consult but also provides you with handful information within a fraction of a second. Explore it and let us know about anything you wanna add. Happy Googling.

[Source: google.com]

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