Get definitions of words
You can use the search term 'Define:[name]'to turn Google into a handy
dicitionary. Typing Define:montage, for example, brings up a search box explaining
the meaning of the word
'montage'.You can even click the speaker icon to hear how the word should be pronounced. Typing a word by itself often yeilds a similar result, but using the define command forces
the define command forces the issue.
Find related websites
If you've got a favourite website and you want to find others that are similar, you can see the Google search phrase'related'. Type related:[domain name], where [domain name]
is the web address of a site minus the 'www'. For example, related:tottenhamhot.com brings up a list of sites for other Premier league football clubs. The 'related' keyword
is a powerful tool that saves you having to wade through irrelevant search results.
Search for specific numbers
You can get Google to search for a specific number by using double dots ('..'). For example, searching for world cup winner..06 tells Google that you want to know who won
the Worls Cup, but that the search result must contain'06'.
You can also search for ranges of numbers by putting numbers before and after the double dots. For example, '1..4' searches for site that have the numbers 1,2,3 and 4
in them. Thip tip is ,perhaps, a little niche, but if you need to narrow down a search by numbers, that's how you do it.
Perform simple calculations
Google not only finds information on other websites, it can also perform calculations of its own. Type in a simple maths formula (3x7+12, for example) and goolge will give
you the resultand display an on-screen calculator to help you make firther calculations. To use the calculator,you can either click the numbers and operators with your mouse
or type them on your keyboard.
Google can convert currency for you, too. It uses the latest bank exchange rates rather than tourist rates, but it's good ennough to give you a ballpark conversion figure.
You can use the service in two ways. First, you can simply search for the currencies by name. Type US dollars in Britsh pounds sterling, for example,to see the current
exchange rate.You can then use the boxes that appear to enter the precise figures you want convert.
Alternatively,you can perform the conversion straight away using symbols. For example $15 in £ will show you exactly how much $15 is worth in pounds.
Track flights through Google
If you're about to head off on holiday or pick someone up from the airport, you can use Google to search for flight information. Type the flight number into Google
for up-to-date information on the flight, including when it took off (or is sheduled to do so),when it landed (or its estimated arrivel time), where the flight took off
and where if will land, including the airport and terminal.It's a brillant and speedy way of tracking flights and is much faster than using an airport's own service.