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Amazing Things You Didn’t Know Google Could Do

Amazing Things You Didn’t Know Google Could Do

Google has become such an integral part of our lives that we no longer consider other search engines when we are in a bind and need to research something. As a matter of fact, we no longer even say the word “search“, we just say “Google” it! While we all know how to find an address or a website through Google, these following surprising ten examples are tasks that most do not know this genius search engine is able to complete.

1. Calorie Comparison

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    Are you watching your weight and trying to decide what to have for dinner? Try Google’s Calorie Comparison tool. This instrument allows for you to quickly view the differences amongst various foods. Simply include the first option “vs” the second one and hit enter. Google will populate a comprehensive tab including a picture of each option, along with the nutritional values to help you decide.

    2. Wedding Planner

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      Yup, you read this right! If you are planning a wedding and can’t afford a planner but would still like to have all of your information neatly organized, try this amazing Google tool. It will not only help you share your news and keep track of your budget, but you are also able to create your website for the big day and keep track of your memories throughout the event.

      3. Tip Calculator

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        Out to dinner with a group of friends? Google can easily help you determine your share of the tab including the tip. Gone are the days of the server having to draw up separate tabs in order to determine your share.

        4. Translate Symbols

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          If you are trying to figure out what a Chinese symbol means, look no further. Google has made it easy for you to translate! From the regular Google Translate, simply click on the pencil in the bottom of the first box. A notepad will appear giving you the option to draw the symbol. Google will then automatically detect the language and quickly translate it for you.

          5. Download Fonts

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            You can use Google Fonts to download all types of fonts from Arabic to Hebrew. Once you’ve selected your language, you may also alter the thickness, slant, and width of the font before you download it to your own device.

            6. View World Art Galleries

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              You can take a tour of some of the most famous art galleries around the world from the comfort of your own home with the help of The Google Art Project. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can enjoy visiting amazing art, ranging from murals at the Crafts Museum in New Delhi, to the Cassino Museo Arte Contemporanea CAMUSAC in Cassino, Italy.

              7. Explore The Universe

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                If you are an astronomy enthusiast or are simply curious to see what it looks like out in the universe, Google Sky gives you an opportunity to do just that through vivid pictures of various constellations.

                8. Set a Timer

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                  If you are trying to keep a schedule, especially on your computer, you can select the timer option on Google and continue your work in another tab. When your time is up, the Google Timer will sound off. This is a great quick tool for people who spend a lot of time on the computer since you get the reminder right there on the same screen.

                  9. Scores

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                    No matter which sport is your favorite, you simply need to put the name of the league or the competition in the Google search bar and it will automatically populate the scores (or times) for all of the games scheduled on that day.

                    10. Geography Trivia

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                      If you are a geography nut or maybe you’re just overwhelmed at work and need a quick break, Smarty Pins is one of the coolest games you will ever play! It tests your knowledge of various topics, from entertainment to arts and culture to history, all using Google Maps. This game can easily entertain anyone, from a teenager to a retiree. Google can be used for way more than just your typical search or your occasional directions. It has become such an integral part of our daily lives and with various apps like these, it will continually keep us informed.

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                      Last Updated on December 18, 2020

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