Google Search is used by most of us, but not every one of us knows that Google can be used for more than carrying out just searches. Google has been bringing up some interesting Google fun search tricks to keep the user entertained. Apart from these fun tricks, there are many useful tricks you may want to know. With just a few extra keystrokes on the search bar, we can actually get more refined searches and other cool stuff. I am sure even an avid Googler might not know every Google search trick.
Google Search tips and tricks
Check out the list of 10 lesser-known Google search tips and tricks-
1] Set a timer
Do you want to complete a task in a certain time frame? Don’t worry; you can set a timer on Google. Just type “Set timer” followed by the time span you want. For example, if you want to set a timer for half an hour, type “ Set timer 30 minutes” in the Google search bar. A clock will automatically start ticking, and an alarm will let you know when the time is finished. Furthermore, the Google stopwatch is customizable which includes options like- ‘reset’, ‘stop’, and ‘audio feature’.
2] Calculate the Dinner Tip
If you are in a situation when you are having dinner in a posh restaurant and you don’t know what tip you should leave on the table after dinner, don’t worry; use Google tip calculator. Just type “tip calculator” in Google search bar. Next, you have to type in your bill, and the number of persons. Google tip calculator will give you a final amount of tip to be left on the table after dinner.
3] Exact Sunrise and Sunset timings
I never knew it was that easy to know the exact sunset and sunrise timings from Google. Just type “sunrise” followed by your country in Google search bar and Google will tell you the exact timings.
4] Search within a website
Google helps you searching for a particular thing on a website. Just type “site:” followed by the URL of the website you’d like to search and add your search terms.
5] Definition of a particular word
Synonyms do not help always, if you are looking for a definition of a particular word, just type “Define: ” followed by the word and Google will show you the perfect definition, synonyms, the origin of the word, and also a translation option. The search results also give you the correct pronunciation of the word.
6] Do Maths
Google search tricks help you doing the metric conversions and other calculations online. To be specific you can use the Google search box as your scientific and mathematics calculator.
7] Find weather conditions of any particular city worldwide
To check the current weather conditions in any particular city, just type “ weather” followed by the city name. For example; if you want to check the weather conditions in Toronto, type Weather Toronto in the Google search bar.
8] Search by file type
Google search bar helps to search for specific types of files, such as PDFs, PPTs, or XLS. Just type “filetype” followed by the file type.
9] Use it as a health guide
If you are confused about what to eat and what not to, start using Google as your health guide. Using the correct Google search tricks will give you complete details like the number of calories, and all other details like the amount of total fat, cholesterol, etc. For example, if you are confused about the calorie details of ice cream and a milkshake, just type “Ice cream vs. milkshake”.
10] Find songs of your favorite artists
Just type “Songs by” followed by your favorite artist’s name and Google will bring up the extensive list of all songs sung by that particular artist. Just click on any song and it will take you to its YouTube link.
Some of the most commonly used command or operators used are:
For example : To find a specific web page on the website like courses in an educational website
Type site:BIT.edu.in courses in the search box at the Google and you will see the results.
Here BIT.edu.in is taken arbitrarily assuming that such a site exists. Likewise, there are many such uses of such operators.
Gmail user? Here is a list of Gmail Search Tips and Tricks that will help you find emails quickly and accurately.
Let us know if you know of any more such tricks!