10 Handy Tricks to Search Google Like An Expert
July 20, 2007 by Gaman
If you are reading this, chances are, you are probably a fan of Google search. However, unless you are a tech geek, your typical search activity would probably involve entering a few words and changing them until you find what you are looking for.
While Google is getting better at finding the right information for you, there are a couple of tricks you could use to make your search more effective.
The following are 10 simple tricks that I’ve found useful in helping me find the right information quickly.
- Display Current Local Time Anywhere
Example: “time in kuala lumpur”
This is particularly useful when your website is targeted towards users from a different time zone. Use this query to check the time in any city to ensure that the important information on your site is published at an appropriate hour.
- Currency Converter
- Find Documents of the Specified Type
Example: adsense secrets filetype:pdf
Unwitting ebook publishers who have no idea how to use robots.txt to prevent indexing sometimes end up getting their paid ebooks listed under those query.
- Site Specific Search
Example: adsense secrets site:sabahan.com
You can combine this with the previous trick to search pdf documents from a particular site.
- 4 Days Weather Forecast
- Numeric Ranges
Confine your search within a range of numbers
Example: The Transformers 1984..1990
- Show a Definition For a Word or Phrase
Example: define: enchilada
- Use Google to Calculator and Units Conversion
In addition, you can use the built-in unit conversion function to convert a unit to another.
Example: 3ft+12ft+6ft in meter
- Phrases Searches
Example: transformer "The Machine Wars"
- Stock Search
If you find these tricks useful, I suggest you bookmark this article. It’ll come handy next time you want to located specialized info quickly. If you have you own favorite search tips, please share them in the comments.