Google is taking over the internet. If you are not using the Google Search Engine, you must be from Stone Ages. Google Search Engine is the most advanced and intelligent search engine out there today. Competitors like Yahoo and Bing, ain’t got nothing on Google. In this article, I will list top 10 Google search tricks that everybody must know. These search tricks will make your life much easier and save you lot of time. So read the list below and polish your search engine skills.
1. Google Search by File Type
Did you know that you can use Google Search Engine to find exact file type? It is no magic. All you have to do is include the file type in to the search. For an example, lets try to find a PDF document on “How to Write a Product Review“. Go to Google.com and search for “How to Write a Product Review filetype.PDF“. As you can see, Google will list all the search results that contain PDF documents. This is a one of the most helpful Google search tricks that everybody must know.
You can also search by file type using Google Advanced Search utilities. (https://www.google.com/advanced_search)
2. Google Calculator
You probably know this Google search trick already. Simply enter any calculation formula in to Google Search Box and you can get the results without browsing. For an example, go to Google.com and search for “1+2“. And Google will show you the search result on its built-in calculator.
3. Google Search by Image/Photo
Most likely, you already know how to use Google Image Search. If you don’t already know, click on the Images Tab on Google Search or go to images.google.com. You can enter any search term and Google will show you all the images related to that search term.
But did you know that you can reverse search for images on Google? Simply head back to Google Search or images.google.com and drag your image in to the Google Search Box. Or you can click on the small camera icon on Google Search Box and provide the image URL or upload the image from your computer. Google will show you all the information related to the image. This is a very helpful Google search trick for many of us bloggers to check who have used our images without proper rights.
4. Google Unit Converter
One of the most useful Google search tricks is the Google’s built-in Unit Converter. Go to Google.com and simply type what you need to convert and press enter. For an example, let’s try to convert 1 kilometers to miles. Type “1 km to miles” and press enter. Google will show you the results using it’s built-in unit converter at the top of the search results.
5. Google Currency Converter
Did you know that you can convert currency using Google’s built in Currency Converter? It is a simple yet powerful Google search trick. Simply go to Google.com and type in what you need to convert. For an example, lets convert 1000 US Dollars in to Euro. Type in “1000 US Dollars to Euro” in Google Search Box. Google will then show the results according to current exchange rates. Furthermore you can see a historical exchange rate graph between the two currencies.
6. Google Weather
If you are not using an app for everything, you can simply Google what’s today’s weather like. This is one of Google old-school search tricks been around for a while. Simply enter the location name plus weather and Google will show you today’s weather and weekly outlook. For an example, lets try to find what’s today’s weather like in Tokyo, Japan. Go to Google.com and enter “Tokyo Weather“.
7. Google Stock Quotes and Market Data
This is one of most useful Google search tricks that saves lot of time. Google has a built-in live stock quotes/market data function. You can simply type the “company name” plus “stock” to get the latest stock quote plus historical chart. Furthermore, Google will show you all the market data and news related to the stock you searched for. For an example, type in “Google Stock“. Google will show you what’s the current value of Google stocks and market data for the day. You can also see a historical graph showing Google stock value for the past 5 years or from the beginning of the company.
8. Google Sports Schedule and Scores
If you are a sports geek like me, you will love this Google search trick. Google lets you type in sports team name or league and you can see the schedule and scores on top of Google search results. For an example, let’s type in “Golden State Warriors“. As you can see, Google shows you scores from the recent game plus scores from the last 10 games. Furthermore, you can see advanced statistics and video highlights from recent games.
9. Google Movie Showtimes
Everybody love movies. Using this Google search trick, you can find movie showtimes in your location in seconds. For an example, let’s try to find out showtimes for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows in city of Atlanta, GA. Go to Google.com and enter “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Atlanta, GA” in Google Search Box. Google will then show you the showtimes for all the movie theaters in Atlanta, GA.
10. Google Dictionary
Google has a built-in dictionary. To use this Google search trick, type in “Define” plus the word and Google will show you the meaning of the word. You can also see translations, origin, and more definitions. For an example, lets try to find the definition of “Anxiety“. Go to Google.com and type in “Define Anxiety“. Google will show you the definition of “Anxiety”.
All the Google search tricks mentioned above are very helpful in today’s internet browsing. Google has many more search tricks under it’s belt. We will discuss more advanced Google search tricks in the near future. Till then, adopt these Google search tricks we discussed above. It will make your life much easier plus save you time.
You can use the comments field below to list down any Google search tricks you might know that is not mentioned above. We will review them and include in our future articles.