10. Get the local time anywhereWhat time is it in Bangkok right now? Ask Google. Enter simply
what time is itto get the local time in big cities around the world, or add the locale at the end of your query, like
what time is it hong kongto get the local time there.
9. Track flight statusEnter the airline and flight number into the Google search box and get back the arrival and departure times right inside Google's search results.
8. Convert currency, metrics, bytes, and moreGoogle's powerful built-in converter calculator can help you out whether you're cooking dinner, traveling abroad, or building a PC. Find out how many teaspoons are in a quarter cup (quarter cup in teaspoons) or how many seconds there are in a year (seconds in a year) or how many euros there are to five dollars (5 USD in Euro). For the geekier set, bits in kilobytes (155473 bytes in kilobytes) and numbers in hex or binary (19 in binary) are also pretty useful.
7. Compare items with "better than" and find similar items with "reminds me of"Reader Adam taps the wisdom of the crowds by searching for like items using key phrases. He writes in:
Simply search for, in quotes: "better than _keyword_"
6. Use Google as a free proxyWhat, your company blocks that hip new web site just because it drops the F bomb occasionally? Use Google's cache to take a peek even when the originating site's being blocked, with
5. Remove affiliate links from product searchesWhen you're sick of seeing duplicate product search results from the likes of eBay, Bizrate, Pricerunner, and Shopping.com, clear 'em out by stacking up the
-site:ebay.com -site:bizrate.com -site:shopping.comoperator. Alternately, check out Give Me Back My Google (original post), a service that does all that known reseller cleaning up for you when you search for products. Compare this GMBMG search for a Cruzer 1GB flash drive tothe regular Google results.
4. Find related terms and documentsOk, this one's direct from any straight-up advanced search operator cheat sheet, but it's still one of the lesser-used tricks in the book. Adding a tilde (
~) to a search term will return related terms. For example, Googling
~nutritionreturns results with the words nutrition, food, and health in them.
3. Find music and comic booksUsing a combination of advanced search operators that specify music files available in an Apache directory listing, you can turn Google into your personal Napster. Go ahead, try this search for Nirvana tracks:
-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:"index of" +"last modified" +"parent directory" +description +size +(wma|mp3) "Nirvana". (Sub out Nirvana for the band you're interested in; use this one in conjunction with number 7 to find new music, too.) The same type of search recipe can find comic books as well.
2. ID people, objects, and foreign language words and phrases with Google Image SearchGoogle Image search results show you instead of tell you about a word. Don't know what jicama looks like? Not sure if the person named "Priti" who you're emailing with is a woman or a man? Spanish rusty and you forgot what "corazon" is? Pop your term into Google Image Search (or type
image jicamainto the regular search box) to see what your term's about.
1. Make Google recognize facesIf you're doing an image search for Paris Hilton and don't want any of the French city, a special URL parameter in Google's Image search will do the trick. Add
&imgtype=faceto the end of your image search to just get images of faces, without any inanimate objects. Try it out with a search for rose (which returns many photos of flowers) versus rose with the face parameter.
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