10 Cool Google Search Tricks

By Daniel Scocco

In the past I had already covered some Google search operators that I use frequently. Most of them are related to finding specific pages or files, though.

Browsing through the web this week I came across another interesting post covering 10 cool Google search tricks. Here is what they included on the list:

  1. How to search different file formats (keyword filetype:doc)
  2. How to search educational resources (keyword site:.edu)
  3. Finding the meaning of words and abbreviations (define:keyword)
  4. Finding the time of any location (time new york)
  5. Finding the weather of any location (california weather)
  6. Tracking commentary of live events (cricket)
  7. Using Google as a calculator (9 * 10)
  8. Converting currencies (1 USD in EUR)
  9. Tracking stocks (stocks:MSFT)
  10. Finding faces (add imgtype=face to the URL)

Some of these tricks I was familiar with, others I was not. Most are pretty interesting anyway, and they illustrator the breadth of scope that Google is achieving lately.



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32 Responses to “10 Cool Google Search Tricks”

  • medyum

    Great post. Of course the other good search tool with google is the Backlink checker, by adding link: followed by the domain name.

  • FT Lauderdale Real Estate

    Its always nice to know new ways to get to#1 on Google.

  • Raj

    Nice ones thanks…
    Check out some more over here

    http://www.bizzntech.com/2008/04/14/15-handy-google-search-tricks

  • cloud9ine

    Here are 9 google search tricks in a 2 minute video.

    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1270727/2_minutes_to_google/

  • penny

    This is my first blog. As I was looking for something to write about I came across this page. Thanks for the information. I will definetly use it. Thanks. Penny

  • Nik

    Already started playing with the location time function! If more than one place has the same name, you will see a list of all known locations/times.

    Thanks, Daniel

  • j2watches

    Now that is handy – especially number 3, as I’m often having to verify a word before using it when writing.

    In lieu of that, would always keep Word up in the background to using its dictionary feature.
    Now that is handy – especially number 3, as I’m often having to verify a word before using it when writing.

    In lieu of that, would always keep Word up in the background to using its dictionary feature.
    Now that is handy – especially number 3, as I’m often having to verify a word before using it when writing.

    In lieu of that, would always keep Word up in the background to using its dictionary feature.

  • Bastard

    LOL

  • John Abruzzi

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  • j2watches

    Now that is handy – especially number 3, as I’m often having to verify a word before using it when writing.

    In lieu of that, would always keep Word up in the background to using its dictionary feature.

  • Grace

    This is very useful! I never knew Google was capable of doing these things, except for the search and dictionary. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jeba

    try this..

    weather cityname

    like for Bangalore city where i stay..

    weather Bangalore

  • Tom Beaton

    There are loads of those. Like many others, im aware of some, use a few and have never heard of most.

  • 7leads

    Loads of great stuff here. Time to go back to work. Nice job !

  • Eduardo

    jeje, i hope you don’t need to do “9 * 10” in google

  • Mark McCullagh

    Thanks for this. I needed this resource. It’s hard to keep track of all the little tricks that you can use to optimize your searching on Google.

  • TheBloggerTips

    Thanks for the search tricks. There is also some tricks such as:
    1. Looking for Map (example: Map: Los Angeles)
    2. Operator like “-“, “+” (example: photo + free)

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  • pet health care tips

    I have not known the stock and currency conversion before.

    Thanks for these tricks.

  • TomG

    I always use the definition and the calculator. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ades

    I think searching by phrase should be included in the list.

  • nitinpai

    Hi Daniel,

    It was a pleasant surprise for me when I saw a trackback from your blog to my article. I am regular reader of your tips and I am really happy that you liked my post. If you liked these tricks then you might definitely not want to miss out my other articles on search tricks:

    1. http://techtracer.com/2008/02/07/5-most-fantastic-movie-search-tricks-with-google/
    2. http://techtracer.com/2007/12/03/google-experiments-are-brilliant/

  • Andy MacDonald – SEO & Marketing Blog

    Great post. Of course the other good search tool with google is the Backlink checker, by adding link: followed by the domain name.

    For example link:www.swiftmediauk.co.uk will then give you results of all the websites which link to your website.

    A very useful tool for us SEO people.

  • Rakshit

    Hey that 6th one is very interesting- Tracking commentary of live events…….
    Thanks for sharing that with us.

  • Madhur Kapoor

    I never knew about the commentary and time ones.

  • Daniel

    Thanks for sharing these. Crazy how much stuff you can do with a search engine these days. They might literally become the hub of our information based society.

  • Dexter | Techathand.net

    Nice trick. I would like to share my post regarding the same topic that I made about 6 mos ago.

    http://techathand.net/2007/06/google-searches-made-easy/

  • Stacy

    There is so much I don’t know about Google search. Thank you for the tips. I also read a good article on Vagabondish that lists 12 google shortcuts for travelers.

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