10 Handy Tricks to Search Google Like An Expert

July 20, 2007 by  

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.


  1. Display Current Local Time Anywhere

    To find the local time of a major city anywhere in the world, enter “time in city name

    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.


  2. Currency Converter

    Use the built-in currency converter to find the current exchange rates.

    8.99 USD in GBP
    currency of china in russian money


  3. Find Documents of the Specified Type

    You can search up to 12 file formats including files in Microsoft Office, Lotus 1-2-3, PDF, PostSCript and others. To confine your search results to a specific file type, just enter filetype:[extension]

    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.


  4. Site Specific Search

    This query is useful when you want to search a site and it doesn’t have a built-in search engine. To search “adsense secrets” at, enter

    Example: adsense secrets

    You can combine this with the previous trick to search pdf documents from a particular site.

    Eg: adsense secrets filetype:pdf


  5. 4 Days Weather Forecast

    Search for the weather forecast in any area

    weather 90210

    weather Tokyo



  6. Numeric Ranges

    Confine your search within a range of numbers

    Example: The Transformers 1984..1990


  7. Show a Definition For a Word or Phrase

    To see a list of definitions definition for a word or phrase, enter define: word

    Example: define: enchilada


  8. Use Google to Calculator and Units Conversion

    Google has a built-in calculator function to solve basic or more complicated math problems.

    Example: 5%*280^2

    In addition, you can use the built-in unit conversion function to convert a unit to another.

    Example: 3ft+12ft+6ft in meter


  9. Phrases Searches

    Often you only want to see results that include an exact phrase. To do so simply include quotation marks around your search terms.

    Example: transformer "The Machine Wars"


  10. Stock Search

    Enter a valid sticker symbol to view the stock and mutual fund quotes. Clicking on the chart or Google Finance link will take you to the relevant information from Google Finance. To search APPLE stock information

    Example: aapl



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.

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Comment by Ed
2007-07-20 14:45:47

Here’s a cheatsheet from google, for google

Comment by Kay Kastum Subscribed to comments via email
2007-07-20 17:37:31

I use Google for everything. Looks like that’s their goal too!

Comment by papajoneh
2007-07-21 23:41:33

This is great info for those people like me 😀 I admit I know nothing of this. LOL.

Comment by ciken
2007-07-22 15:34:42

great! thanks for the tips..I’m a Google fan!

2007-07-26 23:25:18

that cheatsheet is good. These are common sense tips for most techies, but it never hurts to be reminded…..I’d forgotten about the weather one.

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