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12 Google Search Shortcuts That Make Searching Even More Handy

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12 Google Search Shortcuts That Make Searching Even More Handy

Google Search is powerful. You can learn almost anything you want to know in seconds, and you can make searching even more handy when you use some simple Google search shortcuts.

The easiest shortcut: use the search query entry field directly to get the information you want – Google shows it in a OneBox-style result as soon as you hit the Enter key.

1. Get the Current Date and Time, Anywhere in the World.

Go to Google.com, and enter “time Berlin” (or any location) into the search query field. Google tells you immediately, as you can see in the image below.

Google time

    This simple shortcut ensures that you’re not waking a friend on the other side of the world in the middle of the night.

    2. Get the Current Weather Forecast for Anywhere in the World.

    Similarly, if you need to know the current weather anywhere in the world, type: “weather Berlin” (or your chosen location) into the search query field at Google.com.

    Google weather

      Going on vacation? Get your packing in order, with a five-day weather forecast for your location. In the image below, we requested a five-day forecast for Tahiti.

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      Google 5 day weather

        3. Get Movie and Game Release Dates, Viewing Times and More.

        Looking forward to a movie’s release? Just type the movie’s name into Google.com with “release date.” For movie show times and locations, type the name of the movie, along with your zip code.

        Google movie

          If you’re looking forward to a new game, type the game’s name into Google, with “release date.”

          4. Instantly Get the Facts You Need.

          Google will give you the facts you need on almost anything, instantly. In our example below, we wanted to know the current population of Syria.

          Google facts

            Google not only gives you the current official population, you also get sidebar information: general data, with Syria’s flag, and a map.

            5. Keep Up With Sports, All Over the World.

            Google is magic. If you follow a sport, just enter the sport and location into Google.com – you get instant results for the latest game, and for upcoming games. I follow the cricket, so I entered “cricket South Africa” into the search query field. As you can see, I got the results for the latest game, and the date for the next game.

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            Google sports

              6. Need to Calculate Something? Google’s an Instant Calculator.

              Google’s calculator is a breeze. Just enter simple or complex calculations into the search query field and Google gives you the results. You can also use Google to perform unit conversions – temperatures, volumes, speed, and more. You’ll find this handy if you’re a keen cook, and need to convert “2 cups” into something else.

              In the example below, I entered “convert 2 cups.”

              Google calculator

                7. How Much Is That in Dollars? Make Currency Conversions.

                The Internet makes it easy to shop anywhere in the world, so sometimes you need to make quick currency calculations. Google will do it for you.

                In the example below, we wanted to know how much 421 Swedish krona was in USD.

                Google currency

                  8. How Much Is My Stock?

                  Lucky you, you have stock in Apple. To see how much any stock is worth, type the company’s name and “stock” into Google. Or, if you know the stock’s abbreviation, your can type that in. Apple’s abbreviation is AAPL.

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                  Google stock

                    9. What Does That Mean? Use the Magic Word: “Define.”

                    If there’s a magic word for Google, it’s “define.” You can get a quick definition of any word when you use it.

                    In our image below, you can see that we entered “define energy.”

                    Google define

                      Need a quick translation of a foreign word? Change “define” to “translate.” Nine times out of ten, you’ll get a quick translation to English. If you need to translate a word into another language, use “translate (word) to French.” (Or whatever language you want your word translated into.)

                      10. What’s That Medicine? Discover What You’re Taking.

                      You’re not feeling well. You dig through your medicine cabinet and find a medicine, but you have no idea why it was prescribed for you. Google can help. Enter the name of the medicine.

                      In the image below, we entered “Cefaclor” into Google.

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                      Google medicine

                        11. Hungry? Find a Food Place.

                        You’re on trip, and you’re starving for some Chinese food. Enter the kind of food you want, and the city or area code. In the US, Google will even show you the menus of restaurants close to you.

                        If you want food delivered, entered the food and the zip code, plus “delivery,” as in the image below.

                        Google food

                          12. Google Can Give You Driving Directions Between A and B.

                          Not only can Google give you driving directions, it will also tell you how long your trip is likely to take. Just enter the two points into Google, and you’ll get a map. Click on the map for more detailed directions.

                          Google maps

                            These twelve Google search shortcuts are easy to remember, and will save you time. Try them out.

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                            Last Updated on November 25, 2021

                            How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                            How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                            There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                            Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                              What Does Private Browsing Do?

                              When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                              For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                              The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                              The Terminal Archive

                              While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                              Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                              dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                              Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                              Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                              However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                              Clearing Your Tracks

                              Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                              dscacheutil -flushcache

                              As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                              Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                              Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                              If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                              As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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