You use Google every day to find what you were looking for, but there are many functions to make your life easier. Check them out!
If you type: set timer to 10 minutes 12 seconds Google will count down for you. It can help you in the kitchen, or if you have to get going in a few minutes. The timer is especially useful if you don’t have your smartphone handy to check the time or use the built-in stopwatch.
- Search on one site
If you’re looking for articles on only one site, you have to type “site:keyword” and you will only get results from the given site. For example if you only want to get articles from Daily News Service you can enter “site:dailynewsservice.co.uk and you will only have pages from there.
- Check your flight
If you want to find out whether your flight is on time you can type your flight number into Google to see if there’s yet another delay. It is much easier than going to the airline’s website, searching for your city and destination and scrolling around to find your flight status.
- Decide what to eat
If you need information about your foods in the fridge to dice what to eat for dinner type in “hot dog vs. pizza” for instance, and the search engine will provide a complete nutritional breakdown. If you are on a diet, this is a perfect way to only eat the preferred calories.
- Check the weather forecast
You don’t have any idea what to wear today? You can get the weather forecast of any city just by typing the city followed by the word forecast. This feature makes it easy to prep for that last minute vacation, without the hassle of going to a weather site.
- Play an old game, in a new way
Dying for a blast from the past? Type “Atari Breakout” into Google Images and your newest Internet distraction will suddenly appear.
- Streamline your search
If you looking for something exactly, you can make it easier by isolating what you don’t want to see. If you type a minus sign (-) before a word, Google will exclude it from the search completely. For example if you want to see the news but you are not interested in weather you can put a (-).
- Convert easily
With Google you can convert kilometres, miles or yards and many other things. Plug in the metric you’re looking to convert and Google will do all the calculations. Even readjust the data after your initial search.
- Tilt your screen
This skill is more interesting than useful. Tilt your screen by searching the word “tilt.” This is one of many fun additions built in by Google engineers. If you want to fool your friend you should try it!
- Check the Sun’s set and rise
If you type in: “sunrise London” you will get the exact time of the sunrise there. Expand your worldly view by checking on the exact times for sunrise and sunset – anywhere, at any time.
11. Calculate your tip
It is always an awkward question: how much tip should I give? Problem solved, just type “tip calculator” into Google and in seconds, calculating the exact tip for your meal, based upon a personalized percentage and the number of people dining.
12. Find the source of an image
You saw a picture on interest but you couldn’t save it? Then it is not easy to find it on Google by describing the photo. By using Google’s Reverse Image Search, users can drag the image into the search bar.
13. Flip a coin
If you have a hard decision ahead of you, but you don’t have change in your pocket, you can flip a coin virtually. Press the microphone icon (or type) on Google’s search bar, and say “flip a coin” or “heads or tails.”
14. Find an exact phrase
Searching a phrase in quotes will give only pages with the same words in the same order as what’s in the quotes. It is very useful if you’re trying to find results containing a specific phrase, because otherwise you will get various results.
15. Specify unknown or variable words
Searching a phrase in quotes with an asterisk replacing a word will search all variations of that phrase. For example if you want to find lyrics, or if you’re trying to find all forms of an expression it can be very useful.
16. Search for archive news
Google gives you the opportunity to search over 100 years’ worth of archived news from newspapers around the world. Besides, you can specify if you want to see the news within the last 24 hours, or a week, a month or a year.
17. Search for recipes
If you want to cook something special for dinner, but you don’t know how, you should click on “Search Tools” right under the search bar, you’ll be able to filter recipes based on ingredients, cook time and calories.
18. Find definitions
If you use the word Define before the definable word you will get the definition of it. It is also working with slangs, so you can be up to date all the time. For words that appear in the dictionary, you’ll be able to see etymology and a graph of its use.
If you don’t have a good calculator near you, you just have to type calculator and Google will give you a professional one. It has all the functions needed.
If you type a company with the word stock, Google will give you the current situation and also a comparison from 1 week ago, months ago or years ago. It is very useful if you are a stakeholder, because you can check it all the time.