The One Way To Make Google 100x Better, 96% Of People Don't Know This
Marilyn Caylor 1/6/2017
When it comes to searching for information online, Google is pretty much the top dog. It has a clean and uncluttered interface, plus it's also super easy to navigate. It's also become so ingrained into our modern lifestyles, that "Googling" something is now synonymous with online research.
But, do you sometimes feel like there must be a better way to get the "results" that you want? If only it there were a robot that could apply a bit of human logic to understand what you're trying to find! Well, it turns out that Google is a lot smarter than you think. If you know how to use it the right way, your life will become so much easier!
The following tips should help you find exactly what you need - and fast!
If you type a word into Google, it will pretty much just show all websites that includes that word. However, if you're looking for the definition, precede it with "define:" (without the quotes).
2. Find out what day of the week a holiday falls on
This one is pretty easy. Just type in the name of the holiday, and then tag it with the year. Go ahead and try this with your birthday, so you can find if you need to take the day off work.
3. Convert currency or weight
I have a fancy digital scale that somehow went from measuring my weight in Imperial pounds to British "stones." If I'm brave, I can use Google to tell me how much I really weigh. Just use the word "to" (without quotes) in between the two measurements. The same works for currency, too.
4. Put a phrase or lyric in "quotes"
Ok, this is about the only time you'll want to use quotes. When you use quotes around your word or phrase, what you're doing is telling Google that you only want to see results that has those exact words. This can help you narrow down that mystery song you heard on the radio!
5. Google can do math for you!
This is super helpful for those of us who weren't so great at math in high school. Instead of trying to use your calculator to try to figure out what order you're supposed to type in the numbers, just tell Google what you want. For example, 20% of 825. Done!
6. How to search within a website
Sometimes when you're on a website, you just want to find other articles or information on that specific website. Google is happy to grand that wish! Just type in the domain name and what word you're looking for.
7. Sunrise or sunset feature
Watching the sun come up or go down is something that people all over the world have been doing for centuries. If you want to play along too, just type in the word "sunrise" or "sunset" (without quotes) followed by the location so that you know exactly when to go sit on your porch and enjoy the show.
8. Quickly see what time it is anywhere in the world
If you like to talk on Skype with friends and family around the world, it's helpful to know when you might be waking them up in the middle of the night. Type in the word "time" (without quotes) followed by the location.
9. Search a time frame using ".."
If you want to know about all the unsolved mysteries that occurred between 1920 and 1940, just use two little periods in between that time frame.
10. Set a timer
Wow, I didn't know about this one! This is so cool. This would come in handy to remind me when to take the french fries out of the oven. Then I can use it to tell me how much longer I need to spend on the elliptical machine to burn those french fry calories.
11. Calculate a tip
It's okay to admit that you need a calculator to figure out how much of a tip to leave the wait staff at a restaurant. This google "tip" is actually super handy! Even if you spell the word calculator incorrectly, as the person did in the screenshot below, Google still knows what you mean and will auto-correct your mistake!
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12. Translate from one language to another
If you want to find out how to say, "I want the double chocolate croissant" in French, then Google is your linguistic friend. Type in "translate English to French" (without the quotes) and Google will bring up a translator. How convenient!
Do you want to be on team apple, or team banana? If you're trying to compare two different foods but don't know the health benefits, Google knows the answer. Just type the term "vs" in between the two foods.
14. Exclude words from a search
Sometimes you may have wished there was a way to exclude websites from your search that have certain words. Well, Google can do that! Just type in the minus symbol "-" before that word. So if you want to search for interesting books, but aren't interesting in actually buying it, type "interesting book -buy" (without the quotes).
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15. Use an asterisk * to extend your search
Did you forget something? If you remember only part of something, Google can help you fill in the rest. For example, if you know that a TV show you're looking for includes "11.22", then put an asterisk after it and Google will try to fill in the rest.
If you’re like most, Google is probably your go-to way of getting information fast. These cool tips will help you streamline your online searches so that you're no longer wasting precious time trying to find what you need.
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