Google is a daily part of lives. It's our doorway into the internet. But there are many more things you can do with Google search than you might realize. Master these features and you will soon be Googling your way to freedom!
Exclude Search Terms
When searching for things, sometimes there are certain results you know you don't want to see. For instance, if you wanted to search for pizza places, but not Pizza Hut, you can simply search "pizza -hut." By adding a hyphen (the minus symbol) before a word, you can exclude it from your search results.
Calculate Complex Mathematical Problems
Google is able to handle just about any common mathematical problem you throw at it. I use this functionality almost every day. For Chrome users, if you start to type a problem in the URL bar at the top of the window, it instantly tells you the results.
- 30usd in eur
- 100ft + 100in
- 1 mile in cm
- x/2, (x/2)^2, ln(x), cos(pi*x/5)
- (sqrt(cos(x))*cos(200x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(9-x^2), -sqrt(9-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5
Voice commands have come a long way since "call mom." In Chrome, you can enable a setting that lets you search for things with just your voice. On a new tab or on Google.com, just say "Ok, Google when Mad Max: Fury Road comes out" and voilà! To enable this feature, go into Settings as shown below:
Searching for "pizza" in Google will come up local pizza joints, national chains, and even some nutritional information about an average pizza. But what if you want the definition of pizza? Just add "define" before the word pizza and the first result will be a dictionary definition.
Did you know that "eddy" is actually a vortex of water? - "define eddy"
Search Exact Terms
If you want to find an exact match, such as a snippet of a song lyric or a line from a movie, adding quotes to parts or all of your search term will only show results that match exactly what's inside the quotes.
Gone are the days when you had to go to UPS.com, navigate to their package tracking page, then paste your tracking number in their search box. Now, you can simply paste your tracking number into Google and it will show you exactly where your package was last seen.
By just searching for "weather," you will be shown a little interactive graphic of the week's weather for your current location.
Google generally knows where you are at all times. Thanks to this omnipresence, you can search "directions to Trader Joe's," then select which one you want, to quickly get to the Google Maps directions you need.
And So Much More
This is only the tip of the iceberg. If you want to learn about even more functionality Google search has to offer, check out this page that lists their main features. The page itself it dated, but it looks like all of the features still work.