The 20 Best Google Tips and Tricks

Google has become a part of our lives, like it or not, so we might as well know how to use it. Here is a list of things to help you with searching. I’m sure it’s not a complete list but it’s a start, give them a try! Feel free to comment with any I missed.

  1. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase.
  2. I think this one is pretty well known but it’s worth a reminder. Searching a word or phrase in quotes will return only results with the exact same words in the exact same order as what you searched.
  3. This one is also pretty obvious to most people with technology background but others might not know this. Use an asterisk within quotes to specify unknown or variable words. This one is good if you know part of a sentence but not the whole thing, or some song lyrics but not sure of the whole line. So an example is “Billy Jean is not my *”
  4. Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words you don’t want to see. For example try to search “president”, then try to search “president -obama” and you’ll see the second example removes the Obama mentions.
  5. To search a specific site for information just type “HomeTechTrends site: laptop” and the results will be specific to
  6. Use the word ‘define:’ to find the meaning of words. For example type “define: blog” and you’ll see the definition of the word ‘blog’.
  7. I just learned this one…If you have a photo and want to see where it came from, go to ‘images’ and click on the camera button and you’ll be able to search using the image.
  8. Type the word ’tilt’ or ‘do a barrel roll’ (without quotes) in the search bar. I guess the Google engineers have a sense of humor…
  9. You can compare the nutritional facts of two foods by just typing ‘vs’ between them. So for example type ketchup vs mustard”
  10. Have Google do math for you, just type the equasion in the search line. For example type “50% of 12345”
  11. Adding “intitle:” to the beginning of your search will only return pages that have your search in the title.
  12. Searching the name of a holiday will return the date of the holiday.
  13. Conversions and lots of them. You can convert dollars to euros, pounds to kilos, miles to meters or whatever you want to. For example, just type ‘100 dollars to euros’ or ‘100 miles to meters’
  14. Another one I just learned…need a timer? Just type, ‘set timer for 30 seconds’ and it will automatically count down 30 seconds for you and beep when it’s over.
  15. Need help with the tip? Type in ‘tip calculator’.
  16. If you need sunrise or sunset times, just type it with your town.
  17. Need flight information? Just type your flight into the search.
  18. Is it going to rain? Just type ‘weather’ and your town or area.
  19. To track a package, just enter the tracking number in the search bar.
  20. And last but not least…and maybe the most fun… If you want to know the six degress of separation of any celebrity with Kevin Bacon? Just type ‘bacon number’ before the celebrity name. I can’t stop…

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