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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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                            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                            Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                            1. Zoho Notebook
                              If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                            2. Evernote
                              The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                            3. Net Notes
                              If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                            4. i-Lighter
                              You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                            5. Clipmarks
                              For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                            6. UberNote
                              If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                            7. iLeonardo
                              iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                            8. Zotero
                              Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                            I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                            In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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