Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Fun shortcuts of Google Search

Tech Crunch just did a post about a newly added feature to Google Search that allows you to search for flight status by typing in your airline and flight number. I decided to show a few more unknown shorcuts for Google search:

Calculator - If you type any equation into Google's search box, it will automatically solve it for you. Try 5*2+9 Also the calculator function allows you to do conversions of measurements and weights
See here for full list of supported functions

Currency Conversion - Ever wanted to know how many dollars equal a Euro? You can easily do so by typing in 1 EURO in USD this works for all supported currencies

Define - Google Search can act as a dictionary too. type define: and then add the word you want to define, Google will pull up multiple source(if available) with definitions of the word available. Example define: Google

Number Searching - need to see the status of your package that was shipped, patent that was filed, or VIN of your vehicle. Here are examples of how to do that:

UPS tracking numbers example search: "1Z9999W99999999999"
FedEx tracking numbers

example search: "999999999999"

USPS tracking numbers example search: "9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 99"
Vehicle ID (VIN) numbers example search: "AAAAA999A9AA99999"
UPC codes example search: "073333531084"
Telephone area codes example search: "650"
Patent numbers example search: "patent 5123123"
Remember to put the word "patent" before your patent number.

Stock Quotes - Type the ticker symbol in and the first result will be a summary with a link to the full analysis, provided by Google Finance

Weather - Type in Weather and your city and it will give you the forecast for the next couple of days along with a current status. Ex: Weather San Diego, CA


Q and A - Ask google a question and it will try to answer it with the best available resource.

I hope this provides a few minutes of entertainment and usefulness.

1 comment:

Boo Radley said...

I use Google all the time but wasn't aware of these shortcuts. Thanks for posting.