Tricks every Google user should know
Below is a list of our top Google tricks many people who use Google don't know.
Find weather and movies
Type "weather" or "movies" followed by a zip code or city and state to display current weather conditions or movie theaters in your area. For example, typing weather 84101 gives you the current weather conditions for Salt Lake City, UT. Typing movies 84101 gives you a link for show times for movies in that area.
Pull up the definition of the word by typing define followed by the word you want to define. For example, typing: define bravura would display the definition of that word.
Visit Google Local enter the area you want to search and the keyword of the place you want to find. For example, typing: restaurant at the above link would display local restaurants.
Phone number lookup
Enter a full phone number with area code to display the name and address associated with that phone number.
Track airline flight and packages
Enter the airline and flight number to display the status of an airline flight and it's arrival time. For example, type: delta 123 to display this flight information if available.
Google can also give a direct link to package tracking information if you enter a UPS, FedEx or USPS tracking number.
Translate text, a full web page, or search by using the Google Language Tools.
Pages linked to you
See what other web pages are linking to your website or blog by typing link: followed by your URL. For example, typing link:https://www.computerhope.com displays all pages linking to Computer Hope.
Find PDF results only
Add fileType: to your search to display results that only match a certain file type. For example, if you wanted to display PDF results only type: "dell xps" fileType:pdf -- this is a great way to find online manuals.
Use the Google Search engine as a calculator by typing a math problem in the search. For example, typing: 100 + 200 would display results as 300.
Quickly get to a stock quote price, chart, and related links by typing the stock symbol in Google. For example, typing: msft displays the stock information for Microsoft.
Group your search for an exact match
Group your search query for an exact match by surrounding what words you want as an exact match with quotes. For example, if you are searching for computer help, better results are returned if you surround the search with quotes: "computer help".
Remove keywords from search
If your results have keywords you are not searching for, use a minus sign. For example, If you are looking for computer help but do not want pages containing "Windows" type: "computer help" -windows
Use number ranges in a search
Google supports number ranges, for example, if you are searching for computer help between the year 2000 to 2005 you can type: "Computer help" 2000..2005
Use wildcards in searches
Google is capable of understanding the * wildcard in a search. For example, you could search for "fastest * in the world" to find results like "fastest birds in the world," "fastest cars in the world," and "fastest aircraft in the world."
Learn about other Google operators
Google has dozens of operators and functions that can be used in the search to help perform special search functions. Below is a list of these operators and a brief description about each of them.
define word - adding "define" in front of any word gives you a definition of the word.
site:computerhope.com - Adding "site:" in front of any domain shows you search results for only that domain. For example, you could search for "microsoft site:computerhope.com" to show search results with "microsoft" in them but only from the computerhope.com domain.
Note: There must not be a space between "site:" and the domain.
allintitle:"computer hope" - Adding "allintitle:" in front of any text shows the search results that only contain that text in the title of the page. For example, you could search for allintitle:"computer hope" to show only show search results with "computer hope" in the title of the web page.
Note: There must not be a space between "allintitle:" and text.
allinurl:computer - Adding "allinurl:" in front of any text shows any search results that have that text in the URL. For example, searching for "allinurl:computer" shows all results that have the word "computer" in the URL.
Note: There must not be a space between "allinurl:" and the text.
View all available Google services
See the Google definition for a listing of dozens of other Google services.
Use more advanced searches
Below are some more advanced searches and what they do.
intitle:index.of + mp3 -asp -html -htm -php -pls -txt
In the above example, when entered into Google this search result looks for any index of MP3 files that are not in an ASP, HTML, PHP, or PLS web pages. In the above example, you can also replace mp3 with avi or other file extensions to search for these files.
intitle:index.of + mp3 "<artist name, track, or group>" -asp -html -htm -php -pls -txt
In the above example, you could replace "<artist name, track, or group>" with the artist's name, track, group, or the name of the MP3 you are trying to find. Keep in mind when downloading MP3 that you should own the track or song you are downloading otherwise it is considered illegal.
In the above simple example, Google returns results of insecure live web cams and with some of the services even allow you to control the cameras over the Internet.
The above three examples are just a few more advanced searches used to help illustrate how many different things can be found through Google.
- See our Google definition for further information and related links.