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Eleven years since it’s’ inception and Google just keeps on getting better day by day. Not just that, it keeps on getting better as your savior, day after day. It can help you to be the star in some family dinnertime debate or can certainly help you in virtually anything that you’re doing.

But searching about something doesn’t mean typing it and pressing enter. There’s more to it. There are a few dandy ways you can do to improvise and narrow down your search results and that too without much hard efforts.

You see Google is a legend, but more when it lets’ you do more. I’ve been using these ways to search for like years now and maybe to some, this might be nothing but an already known piece of shit. For many others, this will be totally new, awe-inspiring and awesome!

I found about this years back while I was going through tech books at a bookstore. A guy had actually written a book on it, I’m just going to do a simple cute lil post.

To get into the details, today I’m going to tell you about some Google search tips – some operators that could be life-saving while searching for something specific. Some operators also help in daily life productivity.

Now I’m not telling that when you should search within quotes and when not. That is understood. Still if you didn’t knew when to, here’s it.

If you search something within quotes, that whole phrase would be searched through the database whereas for searches without quotes, just the individual words would be taken care of!

And now getting into the specifics, let’s catch up with the operators.

Basic operators

site: Using ‘site:xyz.com’ in your queries is awesome when you’re looking for something in a specific website. Life for example for searching about YouTube related stuff on pcworld.com, all you need to do is type the following in your search bar

site:pcworld.com YouTube

In this case you get like 13000 results. But if instead you searched for just ‘pcworld.com YouTube’, you then would have had like 4,70,000 results to take care of.

filetype: Okay continuing with the above example. Now consider if you wanted to search all the pdfs on the servers of pcworld.com which have the word ‘YouTube’. Simply writing pdf with the above search query would return like 1600 results but doing the following search would return just “one” result!

site:pcworld.com YouTube filetype:pdf

(In-post tip: If you want to see file extensions in Windows file system – Go to Control Panel | Folder Options | View Tab | Uncheck Hide file type extensions)

cache: This is one of the most handy operators by Google. cache:[some url] shows you a few days old cached copy of the url. This operator is very helpful if you want to catch the glimpse of that site which shut down overnight unexpectedly. Typing the following query in your Google search bar will redirect you to the cached copy of YouTube’s homepage. Google will also tell you when the page was cached.

cache:youtube.com

define: Type this operator, followed by any word that comes in your mind. Google will go through various online dictionaries (trusted) and give you a list of definitions. This is one my favorites!

Cool, right? But wait there’s more to it.

Operators for searching by the location of queries

Generally Google goes through the entire web pages searching for you entered query but if in case you know the position where you can get the best deal from, you have some operators for your service.

Consider you want to search for YouTube just in the page titles of pcworld.com. For such a query, use the intitle: operator. For example,

site:pcworld.com intitle:YouTube

As already suggested above, site:pcworld.com YouTube gives away like 13,000 results but the above query specifies down to like 540 results.

Similarly there are intext:, inurl:; and inanchor: operators. Using YouTube inside intext: operator in the above example would fetch more or less same number of results and hence, using intext or not is more or less the same.

inurl: searches within URL’s while inanchor: searches for texts those describe some link.

Get weather, time, and earthquake data instantly via your search bar

Are you already loving thinking about the prospect of doing more with Google? If yes, well there’s some more lovely operators mentioned down there. Brace yourselves, you’ll love these!

weather: Tired of browsing and exploring different weather sites everyday? Well, don’t be. Just type the city’s name followed by the operator and voila, you have the next five weather!

time: Stop remembering the time difference between you and Spain. Type the country’s or state’s (province) or city’s name after the operator and there you have it, the time!

sunrise:, sunset:, earthquake:, are again self-explaining operators and work alike weather and time operators.

Do some Math!

And now do some Math, thanks to Google!

Calculate: You can use your search bar to do some quick, dirty calculations. Following entry in the search bar would return 10.

(sqrt 25)*6/3+2-2

More complicated problems can also be solved using the nifty search bar. Basic operations like finding the cube root of 27 can be done by simply writing the following in the search bar

cube root of 27

Even entries such as “tenth root of 19”, “99^99” (read: 99 raised to the power of 99), log 99 fetched satisfactory results.

Values to universal constants like Gravitational constant can be fetched by simply writing “gravitational constant” in the search bar. And the values of mathematical constants like ‘pi’ and ‘e’ can also be fetched similarly.

Not just that, you can also perform an operation like “pi+e” which mathematically is, `3.14159265 + 2.71828183` and Google returns exact 5.85987448.

Convert Numbers

Apart of computing, you can also do some conversions with Google. If you want your height in inches but you know in feet, or if you want to your weight in pounds but you just know in kilos. Doing conversions is pretty simple. Just write for example,

185 cm in feet

This returns, 6.06955381 feet as the result. Similarly, you can type and convert whatever you want to.

You can also do currency conversions. Hell yeah. Writing 100INR in USD (which is 100 Indian Rupees in United States Dollars) will return, 2.2427 U.S. dollars (that is of course the conversion rate of today!)

And talking about currencies, you can get stock quotes as well, if you know the ticker symbol of it. But if you don’t know the symbol, you can always type the company’s name followed by the stock exchange’s name. Like the following search returns 55.05 (according to today’s data).

suzlon bse

I have tried covering most of the possible operators but the list is a long one and so I narrowed some more who could be of help at times…

Flight details can be fetched by entering the name of the airline followed by the code.

Directly enter the ISBN and well, you will most probably run luck and know the book’s name.

You can get public data that is population by writing population followed by city’s or state’s or country’s name. Please note, no there is no colon between the operator and the query in this case.

And finally sports scores. Type cricket india or india cricket and voila, you will see the live score, if there is some live cricket game being played!

And finally, there’s an end to this post!

Simple, eh?

If you want some more, jump to Google’s own description page of the Search tips.

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Written by rahulbhagchandani

November 12, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Posted in Google

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