Yesterday I was trying to convert inches to centimeters and did a quick search for a website that provided this function. I then found out that Google can do this and a few dozen other things that I had either forgotten or did not know. So this leads me to write a Google search refresher that I am sure everyone will find useful.
All of these examples are taken from the Google Search Features page which can be found by clicking here.
To see the time in many cities around the world, type in “time” and the name of the city.
Example: time London
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 San Francisco
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 we’ll do the rest.
Example: 10.5 cm in inches
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.
Example: ~fast food
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.
Example: Define philosophy
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.
Example: 150 Euro in USD
Fill in the Blank
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.
Example: Isaac Newton discovered *
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:
- monitoring a developing news story
- keeping current on a competitor or industry
- getting the latest on a celebrity or event
- keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams
Google Image Search
Sometimes a great way to research a topic is searching for an image rather than text. The image can lead you to a website with the information you are looking for. If you do an image search for business card samples this blog will be on page 1 of your search.
Google Blog Search
Sometime the information you want is not on a static web page. By using Google Blog Search you can uncover a whole new world of information.
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