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12 Google Search Shortcuts That Make Searching Even More Handy

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.

                            Featured photo credit: Photopin via flickr.com

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                            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                            Joe’s Goals

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                              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                              Daytum

                                Daytum

                                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                Excel or Numbers

                                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                  Evernote

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                                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                    Access or Bento

                                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                      Conclusion

                                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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