13 Google Search Shortcuts to Get Quick Results
Google is clearly the best general purpose search engine on the web. But most people don’t use it to its best advantage. Do you just enter a keyword or two on the search box and hope for the best? That may be the quickest way to search, but with more than 3 billion pages on Google’s index, it’s still a struggle to pare results to a manageable number.
But Google is remarkably a powerful tool that can ease and enhance your Internet exploration. Google’s search options go beyond simple keywords, the web, and even its own programmers. Let’s look at some of Google’s lesser known options.
Google Search Shortcuts
1. Identify Local Time for Any City in the World
If you want to know current local time in a particular city, use this syntax in Google search box:
To see the current local time in Los Angeles type “time Los Angeles” in the search box and hit enter. Go ahead and try this yourself for your local city and see how it works.
2. Exclude Keywords in the Search
If you want Google to exclude a word while searching the web page, use – (minus) before the search. The general syntax is as follows:
(Keyword to search) -(Keyword to exclude)
For example “free ebooks -site:ebay.com” searches for the free ebook sites excluding ebay.com.
3. Search for Keywords with Similar Meaning
You can tell Google to search a keyword and along with all related synonyms using ~ before the keyword. This will instruct Google to search for webpages with the exact keyword entered along with the words which has same meaning.
~keyword to search
For example, giving ~tutorial also display results for the synonyms like – guide, manual, reference etc.
4. Match Any Single Word in the Search Using *
While searching, if you are not sure about which keyword to be placed in the phrase, you can match any single word using wildcard * search. For example, if you want to search for iPhone alternatives, and you are not sure whether to search for “iPhone find and replace examples”, or “iPhone search and replace examples”, then using * will match either find, search or any other word as “iPhone * and replace examples”.
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5. Use OR in Google Search
OR is a boolean value to indicate disjunction. In simple terms using OR operator in Google search with two keywords will return either one or both of the keywords in the results. For example. searching “DHTML OR Java” will return all pages with the keywords either DHTML or Java or both.
6. Find Meaning or Definition of a Word
Find the meaning or definition of any keyword using Google search using the following method:
For example “define: tech savvy” will show you the definition of the keyword tech savvy.
7. Search for a Range Using ..
If you are looking for a product in a specific price range use the following syntax:
Searching for “PDA $400..$450″ will result in displaying the pages containing the keyword PDA with the price range of $400 to $450.
8. Mathematical Calculations using Google
Mathematical calculations can also be done directly using Google search box instead of using separate software. General syntax is as follows:
9. Unit Conversion using Google
You can convert values from one unit to another unit directly on search box. The syntax is as follows:
unit1 in unit2
For example searching “kg in pound” will show the equivalent pounds for one kg. Here are few other possible conversions.
- km in mile
- inch in feet
- acre in square feet
- sec in ms
- kilobyte in byte
The results page will show you with the dropdown to select the conversion units. Try your own conversion and see how it works.
10. Search Based on File Type
Find keywords easily within any particular document types using “filetype” operator.
keyword filetype:document extension
11. Identify Local Weather for Any City in the World using Google
weather Geographic Location
12. Google Translator
Translate any word from one language to other language using the syntax:
translate <Word> into <Language>
Learn more about using Translation Bar in Google Chrome.
13. Currency Conversion using Google
Convert any currency to other currency to check the online conversion rate, you can also enter the amount directly to see the equivalent.
Currency1 to Currency2
For example use “USD to SGD” to check the latest conversion rate from US Dollar to Singapore Dollar.