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Friday, December 23, 2011

13 Google Features You Might Not Know Of

Google is the most popular search engine on the World Wide Web. So much that the word ‘Google’ has become a synonym for ‘searching the web’.

Almost everyone uses Google on a daily basis, if not more. And even then, we do not make full use of the features Google provides. Most people don’t even know about them.

So I thought, why not provide a list for my readers so they can have an even better search experience. Given below, are some features Google provides by default in it’s search engine and can prove to be pretty useful.

Google provides a simple in-built calculator in it’s search engine. If you want to add 7+9, or 7777+9999, or even 723984989288+938748829848, Google’s there for you. Simply type it in the search box and you get the answer. Not just addition, you can perform other mathematical functions too.

Taking it lightly, eh?

Search for this:

(sqrt(tan(x))*cos(200 x)*sin(45x)+sqrt(abs(x)*(1/sin(x)))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(9-x^2), -sqrt(9-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5

Okay, this one’s not that ‘unknown’. Simply type the conversion query in the search box like this: ’125 kg in lbs’, and you’ll get your answer. Just try to keep the unit dimensions logical.

If you want to search the web, not just for your ‘query’ but for it’s synonyms too, put a ~ (tilde) sign right before your query.

e.g. Try searching for ‘premier’ but with a ~ sign before it. Your search will return results for ‘Prime Minister’ too.

To search for the definition of a word or a phrase, simple type ‘define ‘ before it. e.g. ‘define engineering’.

If you want to search for a book, type the title or author name in the search box and click on Books in the sidebar. e.g. ‘White Fang’ or ‘Jack London’.

Just type ‘weather’ along with the city name and Google will show you the weather for that place. e.g. ‘weather Karachi’.

Similar to Weather search, but replace ‘weather’ with ‘sunrise’ or ‘sunset’. e.g. ‘sunrise Karachi’.

This is also similar to Weather search, simple replace ‘weather’ with ‘time’. e.g. ‘time Islamabad’.

Type in your conversion query using currency abbreviations like this: ’100 PKR in USD’ or ’100 USD in GBP’.

Just type in the name of the area and ‘map’ after it. Google will show you the map of that place.

Enter the number of your UPS, FedEx or USPS package in the search box and Google will provide you with the status of the package or a link to the status of your package.

If you want to search for websites having content similar to a certain website, type it’s address in the search box after typing ‘related: ‘. e.g. ‘’.

And now my favorite feature!
There are times when we may not know the appropriate word to search for, related to any term, and it gets hard to form a proper search query. Well, Google lets you let Google handle it.

Simply replace the unknown part of your query with an asterisk (*)!

e.g. ‘Albert Einstein proposed *’, ‘Einstein’s * relativity’, etc.

There are a lot of other features as well, but these are the ones I think will come in the most handy for everyone.

I know coders and programmers will enjoy the last one!

An article by SAWJ

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