Google is More than a Search Engine

Are you bored with basic Internet searching? Why not take a journey to discover the many other lesser known but no less useful features of Google?

The searching capability of Google is beyond question, and with excellent reason because any given word or phrase is now indexed in its colossal database. In the good old days finding anything worthwhile on the Internet was an adventure without any guarantee of success. In contrast, the modern-day Internet search routine is efficient but tedious. Why not explore the many other interesting and useful features of Google?

Google can come in handy as a Calculator, Converter, Spell Checker, Dictionary or World Clock. Google too by its nature returns copious amounts of information that is of apparently little bearing to the original search term entered. This overload can be avoided by refining your searches to return information tailored to your individual liking. Targeted searching is less tedious and a more efficient and rewarding use of a powerful Internet resource like Google.

The Google Calculator

Google has an inbuilt-calculator. Try entering a calculation like 150 * (854/4 + 3).Google will immediately return the answer. Converting miles to kilometres can also come in handy. Try entering the phrase 65 mph in kph. Google will effortlessly return the conversion.

More advanced math, units of measure and weight conversions are also supported. Your computer has a Calculator as standard but locating and firing up the Calculator application is a nuisance for those of us who prefer life inside a browser.

Spelling Aid or Dictionary

Google is a quick way to do a spell-check. Try searching on the word gurantee, Google will prompt with the correct spelling guarantee. Google can also be used as a dictionary. For example, for the phrase define:bankster, Google will return a quick definition for banksterwith a suggested link for further reading.

World Clock

Google can determine the time for anywhere in the world. The search term time Brisbane will prompt Google to return the current time in Brisbane, Australia. This is an excellent way to avoid the potential guesswork of figuring out different time zones.

Currency Converter

Google can also compute currency conversions. It will return the conversion amount in Euros in response to the search term 100 dollars in euros. All the main currencies can be converted in this way.

Refined Searches

Google searches all websites by default, but it can also search a specific website. For example, you could search for “open source software” on any website by entering the search term “open source software” site:www.anysite.com- This is useful when searching for a specific topic that is exclusive to a large or diverse website.

Targeted searching in Google is very useful. For example, a standard search on household budget would return all sorts of links that may not be of interest. If you have a preference for budgeting on a spreadsheet, try the search term household budget filetype:xlsand links only to a spreadsheet are returned. Other searchable file types include doc, pps, pdf, mp4, dll and wmv.

Google can be used to research a topic within a date range. If for example, you need a quick reference to Nobel peace prize winners from the year 1980 to the present. Try entering Nobel peace prize winners 1980..2011

Using the operator instructs Google to limit the search to this date range.

Searches can be further refined by using the – operator. For example if you need information on the latest Hans Fallada book Alone in Berlinand you want to exclude Amazon. Amazon can be omitted from the search by entering alone in berlin book -amazon

Doing a calculation, currency or weights and measures conversion, dictionary query or an enhanced search was never easier.

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