Pull up the definition of the word by typing define followed by the word you want the definition for. For example, typing: define bravura would display the definition of that word.
Visit Google Local enter the area you want to search and the keyword of the place you want to find. For example, typing: restaurant at the above link would display local restaurants.
Phone number lookup
Enter a full phone number with area code to display the name and address associated with that phone number.
Find weather and movies
Type “weather” or “movies” followed by a zip code or city and state to display current weather conditions or movie theaters in your area. For example, typing weather 84101gives you the current weather conditions for Salt Lake City, UT and the next four days. Typing movies 84101 would give you a link for show times for movies in that area.
Track airline flight and packages
Enter the airline and flight number to display the status of an airline flight and it’s arrival time. For example, type: delta 123 to display this flight information if available.
Google can also give a direct link to package tracking information if you enter a UPS, FedEx or USPS tracking number.
Translate text, a full web page, or search by using the Google Language Tools.
Pages linked to you
See what other web pages are linking to your website or blog by typing link: followed by your URL. For example, typing link:http://www.computerhope.com displays all pages linking to Computer Hope.
Find PDF results only
Add fileType: to your search to display results that only match a certain file type. For example, if you wanted to display PDF results only type: “dell xps” fileType:pdf – this is a great way to find online manuals.
Use the Google Search engine as a calculator by typing a math problem in the search. For example, typing: 100 + 200 would display results as 300.
Quickly get to a stock quote price, chart, and related links by typing the stock symbol in Google. For example, typing: msft will display the stock information for Microsoft.
Clear Google online web history
Many Internet users are familiar with how their Internet browsers store websites they visit, however many are surprised to learn that Google also stores all search queries done on google.com when logged in to your Google account. To clear this web history follow the below steps.
- Open Google.com.
- In the top right corner of the screen click Settings and then Google Account settings. Note: If you’re not logged in you’ll need to log in before continuing.
- Under My products click Web history as shown in the picture to the right.
- In the Web history click the Remove items link in the left column.
- Choose what you wish to clear or if you wish to clear all search queries click theClear entire Web History.
Today, many will agree that Google is one of the most powerful search engines on the Internet. Using the Google toolbar helps enhance your interaction with it as well as gives you many other features. Get the Google toolbar at: http://toolbar.google.com.
Google toolbar tips: Quickly access the Google Toolbar by pressing ALT+G or open a new browser window with the results by pressing Shift+Enter.
Google search tips
Below are some basic tips as well as some secrets that can be used on Google to help improve your search results and find things you may have never thought of.
- Group your search query to find better results. For example, if you’re searching for computer help, you’ll find better results if you search for an exact phrase by surrounding it in quotes: “computer help”.
- If a lot of your results have keywords you’re not search for use a minus sign. For example, if you’re looking for computer help but don’t want pages containing Windows type: “computer help” -windows
- Google supports number ranges, for example, if you’re searching for computer help between the year 2000 to 2005 you can type: “Computer help” 2000..2005
- See the Google operators page, which lists dozens of the available operators Google allows. For example, the below search would search for URL that contains the word computer: allinurl: computer
- Visit the Google Features page, which lists hundreds of different examples of the things you can find through Google and how to find them.
Below are some more advanced searches and what they do.
intitle:index.of + mp3 -asp -html -htm -php -pls -txt
In the above example, when entered into Google this search result looks for any index of MP3 files that does not contain the standard web pages like HTML, PHP, etc. or any other non-related pages. In the above example you can replace mp3 with avi or other file extension to search for these files.
intitle:index.of + mp3 “<artist name, track, or group>” -asp -html -htm -php -pls -txt
In the above example you could replace “<artist name, track, or group>” with the artists name, track, group, or name of the MP3 you’re looking for. Keep in mind when downloading MP3 that you should own the track or song you’re downloading otherwise it’s considered illegal.
In the above simple example, Google will return results of insecure live web cams and with some of the services even allow you to control the cameras over the Internet.
The above three examples are just a few more advanced searches used to help illustrate how many different things can be found through Google.
Google search options
Take full advantage of Google’s options feature by clicking the Show options… link at the top of your search results. Clicking this link will display a bar to the left side of the results allowing you to refine your results to more of what you’re looking for. For example, the video link will display only videos related to your search, the reviews link will show any reviews related to your search, and related searches will show similar search results.
- Blogger - View and create your own blog.
- Froogle - Search for products based on prices, location, type, etc.
- Gmail - Google’s free online e-mail service with over 1gb of storage.
- Google+ - Google social networking site.
- Google AdSense - Google service that provides and pays website publishers or blog developers to advertise on their site.
- Google AdWords - Service that enables users to pay to advertise on the Google search engine and other websites using Google AdSense.
- Google Alerts - Create alert text messages sent to an e-mail address each day or as it happens of web searches, news searches, etc.
- Google Analytics - A great site for users who run a website. Google Analytics allows anyone with their own domain to have Google post great reports of visitors on their website.
- Google App Engine - A service that provides users the ability to create scalable web services that use Google’s resources.
- Google Base - Location where you can post information and make your information searchable on Google.
- Google Books - Another fantastic service from Google that contains hundreds of thousands of books that can be searched.
- Google Buzz - Discontinued Google social networking site. Latest Social networking site is Google+.
- Google Calendar - A way to organize your schedule, synchronize, and share events with your friends.
- Google Checkout - Service that provides users and sellers with an easy and secure method of paying each other.
- Google Code - Allows users to view source code on websites.
- Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) - Service that allows you to create your own custom Google Search engine.
- Google Docs - A fantastic free solution from Google that allows you to open Microsoft Office documents as well as share them with other users with Internet access.
- Google Drive - A cloud storage service from Google introduce April 24, 2012 that allows users to view, edit, and store their documents and files in the Google cloud.
- Google Blog - A blog maintained by Google that helps give an insight into the company.
- Google Deskbar and Google Desktop - Small software utility that adds a Google search to the Microsoft Windows Taskbar allowing users to search without even opening a browser.
- Google Directory - Browse the Open Directory of web pages modified to list the directory listings by Google’s PageRank technology.
- Google Earth - A fantastic software program that allows a person to view almost everywhere on earth, get directions, find close shops and places of interest, and much more.
- Google Features - A great listing from Google of some of its different available features as well as tricks on searching for different content on Google.
- Google Fonts - A collection of thousands of fonts that can be used on your web page.
- Google Groups - Google’s bulletin board with millions of users and postings.
- Google H4x0r - Display Google’s search page and results in leet speak.
- Google Home Page - Google’s main page.
- Google Images - Google search that allows you to search for images instead of text.
- Google Klingon - Display Google’s search page and results in Klingon.
- Google Labs - A section of Google that once displayed upcoming features. This section was later discontinued.
- Google Mail - Alternatively referred to as Gmail, is one of the most popular email hosts.
- Google Maps - A great feature that enables users to search for directions from one location to another, search for local businesses, and more.
- Google Moderator - Another great free tool from Google that allows anyone to collect the best input from an audience of any size.
- Google Moon - In celebration of the first Moon landing, Google created this page that has a map of our Moon as well as each of the moon landings.
- Google Ngram Viewer - Great tool that allows you to search lots of books and other printed material for the frequency of words or phrases.
- Google Now - Service primarily used by mobile users that gives the most relevant information that relates to you based of your searching and driving habits.
- Google Personalized - Enables Google users to personalize the Google home page, having it display the latest news they want to view, their local weather, and more.
- Google Pig Latin - Display Google’s search page and results in Pig Latin.
- Google Sets - Type in a few keywords that are similar to pull up a listing of more words that relate to the words you typed.
- Google Sites - A service that enables users to create and share websites.
- Google Scholar - Allows users to search for scholarly literature.
- Google SketchUp - A great tool for users to create and share 3-D models.
- Google Street View - Another great service that allows anyone to drive down the streets around the world.
- Google News - Great news site automatically generated using the results of news sites queried by Google.
- Google Patents - Allows users to search over 7 million patents.
- Google SMS - Enables users to send text messages over their mobile using SMS to get quick answers such as driving directions, movie show times, local business listing, etc.
- Google Talk - Instant Messenger program.
- Google Toolbar - For Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer and Firefox users, this software add-on enables users using these browsers to have access to the Google search and other Google features any time the browser window is open.
- Google Translator - Translate a foreign language web page or text into your language.
- Google Trends - List of the 100 most active search queries and comparison of what people are searching for on Google.
- Google URL Shortener - Service to shorten long URLs.
- Google Video - Search for online videos hosted by Google as well as transcript text of videos and TV shows.
- Google Voice - Use Google search over the phone using your voice.
- Google Web Accelerator - For broadband users, this Microsoft Windows software utility can help speed up browsing times by utilizing Google’s global computer network.
- Google Webmaster tools - Another great service provided by Google that enables webmasters to view, maintain, and control how Google indexes their web page.
- Google Zeitgeist - A listing of some of the top searches on Google.
- Google.org - The philanthropic arm of Google.
- iGoogle - Personalized Google page that enables you to add links, RSS feeds, games, and much more. To get to this from the Google main page click the iGoogle link in the top right corner.
- Orkut - A social networking site that provides you a location to socialize with your friends and family, and meet new acquaintances from all around the world.
- Picasa - A great free Microsoft Windows software program to view images, manage images, and much more.
- YouTube - Video service that allows users to freely upload videos and view others videos.