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In this second of a two-part series, let’s continue our tour of
Google tricks to make the most of your search experience.
1. Unit Conversion
Confused by centimeters vs. inches? Not sure how many kilos
are equal to a weight in pounds? You can use Google to convert between many
different units of measurement of height, weight, and volume among many others.
Just enter the conversion you want into the Google search box (did you download
the Google toolbar?) and it will calculate the conversion for you. Some examples
100 pounds in
kilos (100 lbs in kilos also works)
50 meters in
2. Currency Conversion
Determining currency value is also easy in Google with the
built-in currency converter. Simply enter the conversion you want into the
search box such as:
150 euros in us
dollars in usd
3. Local Search
Are you visiting a new area or looking for a business
nearby? To search for a restaurant, store, or other local business, you can
search by the category of business and location and Google will return matching
results along with a map, reviews, and contact information. Test searches like
4. Easy Google Maps
Looking for a map? Sure, you could click to Google Maps but
why not let Google bring the maps to you? Just type in the name or U.S. zip code
of a location followed by the word “map” and Google will show you a map
of the location. Clicking on the map will take you to a larger version on Google
Maps. Try examples like these:
5. It’s ShowTime!
To find reviews and show times for movies playing near you,
type “movies” or the name of a current film into the Google search box
plus the U.S. zip code or city you are searching for. Here are some variations
of this tip:
6. Flight Status
Waiting for someone’s flight to arrive? To see flight
status for arriving and departing U.S. flights, enter the name of the airline
and the flight number into the Google search box. You can also see delays at a
specific airport by typing in the name of the city or three-letter airport code
followed by the word “airport. Some examples of this trick are:
7. See What Google is Keeping Track Of
Are you responsible for managing your company website or
marketing program? To see the cached (stored) page Google has stored of any web
page, try this query:
url such as cache:cobizmag.com
(The results will be the same whether or not you use www.
as part of the site address.) Notice the date at the top of the cached page.
Popular sites such as cobizmag.com will be more frequently cached.
8. How Popular Are We?
Another Google trick helps you find out which sites are
linking back to your website. As you probably know, outside links to your site
increase your relevance and natural ranking within Google searches. Check out
your popularity with:
Link relevance increases substantially with links from blog
posts—even posts within the same site!
9. Easy Area Codes
Have you ever looked at a U.S. telephone number and
wondered what area it is from? To see the geographical location for any U.S.
area code, simply type the three-digit area code into the Google search box and
launch the search.
10. Stock Quotes
To see current market data for a specific company or fund,
type the ticker symbol into the search box. Once the results display, you can
click the link to see more data from Google Finance. For example, enter DIS
to see the current stock data for the Walt Disney Company.
But wait…there’s more! I just can’t stop at ten tips when
there are even more quick and easy tricks for Google searches. Here are a few
other ways to expand your search options in Google.
11. Related Search
Discover new resources by searching for web pages with
similar content to a specific website. Just type “related:” followed by
the website address into the Google search box. For example:
12. Fill in the Blank
Sometimes the best way to ask a question is to get Google
to “fill in the blank” by adding an asterisk (*) wildcard at the part of the
sentence or question that you want completed into the Google search box such as:
In addition to providing quick access to billions of web
pages, now you know how Google can help you take advantage of other special
features with these easy search tips.
© Dawn Bjork Buzbee, MCT, The Software Pro®
Dawn Bjork Buzbee
is The Software Pro®
and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) as well as a certified Microsoft Office
Specialist (MOS) Master Instructor, certified Microsoft Applications Specialist
(MCAS) Instructor, and a certified Microsoft Office expert. Dawn shares smart
and easy ways to effectively use software through her work as a software
speaker, trainer, consultant, and author of 8 books.
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