Google has powerfull algorithm that executes billions of search queries. In addition to showing top notch search results, Google’s algorithm has a few interesting features.
We’ll be taking a look at a few tips that can help us tap into the full power of Google.
Identify Local Time for Any City in the World :
If you want to know current local time in a particular city, use the following technique. To see the current local time in Los Angeles do the following. Go-ahead and try this yourself for your local city and see how it works.
Want to know what’s the current local time in a city and across the globe? This is a trick to find out.
Exclude Keywords in the Search
If you want Google to exclude a word while searching the web page, use – (minus) before the search as shown below. This example searches for the pages which has the word ebooks, and without the word free. the syntax is..
nagios ~tutorial (or) debian installation ~tutorial
You don’t need to go WSJ‘s web page or use a mobile app. Google can tell you the real time currency conversion rates.
USD EURO USD in EURO
km mile or km in mile inch feet or inch in feet sec in ms kg in pound
The following search strings can help you convert units pretty quickly. You can try out a lot more on your own.
Following are few other possible conversions. Click on these link to see the results.
- km in mile
- inch in feet
- acre in square feet
- sec in ms
- kilobyte in byte
- You get the idea now. Try your own conversion and see how it works.
Search for Keywords with Similar Meaning. Include Synonym Keywords in Search
Instead of searching for only the given word, using ~ before the keyword you can instruct Google to search for webpages with the exact given word or the words which has same meaning. In the following example, giving ~tutorial also searches for keywords: guide, manual, reference etc.
nagios ~tutorial (or) debian installation ~tutorial
Match Any Single Word in the Search Using *
While searching in google, if you are not sure about which keyword to be placed in the phrase, you can match any single word using *.
For example, if you want to search for examples of vim substitution, and you are not sure whether to search for “vim editor find and replace examples”, or “vim editor search and replace examples”, then use * , which will match either find, search or any other word, as shown below.
vim editor * and replace examples
If you are tired of the search farm results with their useless keyword stuffed articles, you can choose to search the titles instead for better results.
intitle:tips for interior design
URL search works the same as Title Search except for the fact that the words in the URL (Permalinks) alone are searched.
inurl:tips for interior design
Searching within a Specific Website
You can search for a text in a specific website. The following example shows how to search only within our blog – www.thegeekstuff.com.
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Search Based on File Type
The following examples searches only the matching keywords inside a Power Point presentations. In the same way, you can search for the doc, pdf and other file types.
linux introduction filetype:ppt
Google Advanced Search Page
If you are not able to remember some of the advanced search syntax mentioned in this article, then use the Google Advanced search page as shown below.
Searching for related websites
Google can act as a recommendation engine if you like a particular website.
You can search for results from a particular date range using this search string. The catch is that you will have to use the Julian date format and you can know more about it here.
daterange:1234567– 1234569 “apple”
Google can be your very own online phonebook.
Want to know the politically correct definition for a term? There is a string for that!
The following search string can be very useful if you forgot the words in a lyric of a song you listened earlier. the wildcard symbol “*” will compare the possible results using the Google algorithm.
Movie Listings Search
Google can list the movies playing in your town with showtimes.
Be it numbers, years or price, Google lets you search withing numerical ranges.
With the maps keyword, there is no need for you open a Google Maps window to find your location.
maps: upper east side
Area Code Lookup
If you know an area code and want to know more details abut the same, just type in the three digits and the details will be shown. Works within US only though.
If you know the ticker symbol of a listed company, you can have their financial data in seconds.
Google can be a great calculator if you like using your keyboard and not a mouse pointer in the native calculator app of the operating system.
Tracking Flight Status
If you know the flight number, you dont have to be calling the airline to check the status.
delta flight 1587
Weather reports for your local city or for any city in the world can be found using the following search string.
Removing specific sites from results
Google makes it very easy to eliminate results from a particular site that you don’t want to be listed.
This string can be very helpful when you want to eliminate links from ecommerce sites when searching for product information.
Accessing blocked websites
Want to catch up on the latest celebrity gossip from a site banned in your corporate firewall? Google can help you.
In addition to unit conversions, mathematical conversions can also be done with the help of Google.