Helpful Tips Using Google Search Field


I learned some cool functions that Google search field can perform to save users time and improve search results from Real Simple magazine. Hope you will find them helpful too!

1) Perform Calculations
To figure out what's 15% of $35.00, just enter "35x.15" into the search field and click "Search". The answer will appear up at the top of the results page.

2) Convert Measurements
Recipe measurements differ from country to country. How do I convert ounces of sugar to cups sugar? To figure out ounces to cups, simply enter "ounces to cups".

3) Track Flights
Find out if your flight is on time by entering your airline and flight number.

4) Locate Delivery Packages
Enter the tracking number of your package. If no result appears, try again but this time, type "track" and then the tracking number. (I edit out some in between numbers in the tracking number in the example screen shot.)

5) Look Up Addresses
Type in a person's home phone number and, if the person is listed, Google will turn up the mailing address.

6) Find Movie Showtimes
Type "movies" plus your city or ZIP code to see theaters and showtimes.

7) To Find PDFs, Excel Spreadsheets, or PowerPoint Presentations
Include the file type in your search and Google will turn up only relevant files. Use filetype:pdf (PDFs), filetype:xls (Excel), or filetype:ppt (PowerPoint). For example to find a Nikon camera manual, enter "Nikon manual filetype:pdf" in the search field.

8) To Narrow Down Information

Use a hyphen (minus sign). If you are looking for for lotus the car and not the flower, enter "lotus-car".


Cheryl said...

Thank you. These tips are amazing!

இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

Whoa!!!That's real cool thanks for the tips. Btw if I want to know the big sweep numbers for the next lottery draw can do a Google search? Have a nice day will do a google search very often from now.

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Mr. Stupid said...

Those are all great. Thank you. Well, Google is getting better each time.
I knew about Tracking packages. Have done a lot of it...:)

Have a wonderful day!:)

Ebie said...

Thanks for the tips. It is very helpful.

Liz said...

I didn't know about this. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Oh wow! Thanks for the useful tips!
Very nice :-)


Anonymous said...

I think Google is cool. You can find answers to almost anything using Google.

Elaine Yim said...

I am really amaze at Google's ability. Thanks for sharing these useful tips with us. Cheers!

RoseBelle said...

I'm glad the Google tips I posted are helpful. When I read about them, I was surprised that we could perform shortcuts like that in the search field.

foongpc said...

I love Google! I normally google anything and everything I want to find. And of course, Google is my home page : )