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Hidden Google Tips You Probably Don’t Know

Hidden Google Tips You Probably Don’t Know

There are very few companies or products that actually enter the language as both a noun and a verb. Everyone knows what Google is, and chances are that we’ve all used it as a verb as well; after all, it’s really common to say, ”I need to Google something,” instead of, “I need to look for something on the Internet.” As much as Yahoo, AOL and Bing would love to have their names used in the same way, it simply hasn’t happened, and unless something catastrophic happens to Google, it never will.

As an anonymous Internet user once famously said, “I accidentally used AOL.com to search for something today. I feel like everyone who worked there probably high-fived each other and felt hopeful about the future.” It’s undeniable that Google is the dominant force when it comes to Internet search engines. They are the biggest, which leads to their search results being amazingly in-depth, which arguably also makes them the best.

As we know, Google can be used to search for absolutely anything in the online world, but it can do a few more things that might surprise you. So, without further adieu, let’s look at some of the coolest things you might not know that Google can do for you.

1. Google Yourself Thin

    The so-called secret of many major weight loss companies is simple calorie control, and while this is a valid means of losing weight, the information is now readily available to anyone who wants to look. If you Google a particular food, whether it’s a raw vegetable or even something like fried chicken, Google helpfully provides a comprehensive list of nutritional information alongside the list, with information from the US Department of Agriculture. It even determines your location, and gives the information in grams or ounces, depending on the unit of measurement in your country.

    2. Navigating With Google

      Google Maps are generally the go-to when it comes to looking up directions, whether before we leave home or on a Smartphone when we’re already on our way. Unlike some of their competitors (Bing Maps), Google displays minor landmarks and points of navigation such as train stations, which makes getting around easier. Many companies have unfortunately moved towards using Bing Maps on their website to display their location, although a quick copy + paste into Google Maps will give you more detailed information.

      3. Google Auto Translate on Chrome

      Google Auto Translate on Chrome

        Online word-for-word translation isn’t an exact science, since it’s not able to really detect context or pick up on many slang and informal words. Google Translate is perhaps the most comprehensive, and yet if you’ve ever translated something from a foreign language to your native language, you’ll know it’s not perfect.

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        The translation feature does allow you to understand practically everything in the converted text, although it’s always been slightly annoying to have to copy and paste the original text into the translation box. Google Chrome will automatically detect if a website is in a language other than yours, and will ask if you want the text translated directly on the page. It makes navigating foreign websites a breeze!

        4. Google Doodle

        Google Doodle

          Quite often when using Google to search, you’ll notice that the logo has been given a redesign. This is known as a Google Doodle, and is done to commemorate a historical occasion, whether minor or major. So it’s basically like a small fun history lesson, and previous subjects have included recognition of what would have been French singer Edith Piaf’s 95th Birthday, and of course, the homage to Pac Man on its 30th anniversary.

          5. Google “I’m Feeling Lucky”

          I’m Feeling Lucky

            Google is rather confident that your search results will be exactly what you were looking for. They’re so confident in fact, that their search function allows you to jump straight to the first and most likely closest match (by selecting “I’m Feeling Lucky”), which means you don’t even need to see the list of search results. This only works when Google Instant is deactivated, and costs the Internet giant millions of dollars each year, since the user doesn’t see the full search results and subsequent advertising that can be displayed on this page.

            6. Google and Public Transport

            Google and Public Transport

              Yes, Google Maps are great and comprehensive, and yet they can help you to plan a journey beyond just showing you where to go. When you’re looking for directions from Point A to Point B, Google Maps can also access public transport information and tell you exactly how to travel from one place to another, giving you the public transport information which includes the timetable, duration of trip, and even which train or bus to catch. This is particularly helpful when you’re in another country.

              7. Google News Alert

              Google News Alert

                Since print media is dying a slow death (courtesy of the Internet), the vast majority of newspapers and magazine makes their content available online, and mostly for free. Google News curates the available information for you, and if you’ve requested an email alert about a particular subject, you’ll learn the moment any new content is written about the subject in question, whether it’s the conflict in Syria or an obscure celebrity. Google even asks you if you want to create an email alert for news towards the bottom of your search results.

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                8. Google Phone Synch

                Google Phone Synch

                  Google allows storage of your Smartphone’s phone number and email database, which then means you can recover the information if the phone is lost or stolen, or when you upgrade to a new phone. This avoids the need to find a way to get in touch with your contacts to get their digits once again; you can simply send the information directly to your new device.

                  9. Define a Word with Google

                   Define a Word with Google

                    If you need to look up the meaning of a word, there’s no need to actually open a new browser window and look up an online dictionary. Simply type “define,” followed by the word in question, and Google finds a comprehensive definition for you.

                    10. Collaborate with Google Docs

                    Collaborate with Google Docs

                      Rather than emailing a document back and forth when a number of people need to work on it, Google Docs allows it to be stored centrally, and anyone with authorization can access it and make changes. While this is hardly revolutionary in this day and age, when Google Docs are used alongside Google Chat, it allows a real time discussion about the document as everyone works on it.

                      11. Adjust Reading Level with Google

                      Adjust Reading Level with Google

                        This tool is particularly handy with web-based research, particularly for children doing their homework. While the top results of a search might contain the relevant information, they might also present the information within an overly complex academic way. For children (and adults) who want to get to grips with a topic at beginners or intermediate level, Google allows you to filter searches based upon reading level.

                        12. See Weird Things with Google Streetview

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                        Google Streetview

                          Google Streetview is sensational, allowing you to take a virtual tour of many of the worlds streets. You can explore a holiday destination, or even see the house you grew up in. When the Google cars were cruising the streets, taking multiple shots for the 360-degree photos to be constructed, they managed to catch people in a variety of unflattering poses, which have of course now gone online for the world to see.

                          13. Find Something Local

                          Find Something Local

                            If you need to find a certain service or business within your local area, you don’t need to look particularly hard. Just enter the topic of your search, followed by your postcode, and Google will provide you with a list of the most popular. It’s handy when you’ve just moved to a new area, or if you’re on vacation and don’t know where to look.

                            14. Currency Conversion

                            Currency Conversion

                              Google offers an up-to-the-minute currency conversion tool, without the need to look up a specialist site. Just type in the amount and currency type, followed by the currency you wish to convert to, and the Auto Complete function will even automatically provide a list of the most popular end currencies. The search result also shows you how the currencies have been performing in relation to each other over the previous years.

                              15. Find Something “Better Than” Something Else

                              Better Than

                                When you’re in the market for a new tool or toy (or both), you of course want to do as much research as possible, and this research is quick and easy, simply by entering the words “better than.” Type the name of the product you’re considering, followed by “better than.” As with the currency conversion tool, Google’s Auto Complete will then provide you with a list of the most popular competitors, and the search results are the most popular comparison sites.

                                16. Google Trends for Quick and Easy Data

                                Google Trends

                                  Google Trends is an interesting snapshot of what the world has been searching for online, although this doesn’t include adult websites. At a glance, Google Trends shows you the most trending (searched for) subjects, but is also a useful research tool, as it allows a user to gain more in-depth knowledge about a wide range of topics—all presented in easily digestible graphs.

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                                  17. Do a Barrel Roll

                                  Barrel Roll

                                    This one does exactly as the name suggests. Simply type, “do a barrel roll” into Google, click search, and the browser window performs a 360-degree roll before returning to normal. This function is just a fun and quirky thing that the world’s most loved search engine can do, and is handy for making friends think that their computer is broken.

                                    18. Research More Accurately with Google

                                    Research More Accurately

                                      The Internet tends to be a bit cluttered, but that’s part of the appeal. If you need to do a serious research project for college or work, there’s an easy way to sort through the nonsense and return only the most relevant legitimate information. Simply enter “site:edu,” followed by intitle (and then type the subject of your search. This limits the results to sites with a .edu domain name, namely colleges, universities and educational institutes.

                                      19. Google Gravity

                                      Google Gravity

                                        Much like the Barrel Roll, this is brilliant for fooling friends into thinking there’s something seriously wrong with their computer. Just enter Google Gravity into the search field, and select “I’m Feeling Lucky” (see #5). Watch in amusement/horror as the Google logo and search box then come crashing to the bottom of the screen, but not to worry—it still works as a search engine when lying in pieces on the floor.

                                        20. The Future and Google

                                        The Future

                                          One of Google’s major stakes in the future is wearable technology that allows the user greater interaction with, and immersion into the vast range of Google services on offer. Google Glass is a wearable eyepiece that basically looks like a regular pair of glasses, although there’s a huge difference. Google Glass projects information onto the inner lens, meaning users will be able to browse the web, access Google Maps while walking down the street, and even see what their friends are seeing, if they’ve synched the devices and the other user has granted access. As Google Glass become more and more sophisticated, the potential usage is mind boggling—you might be able to use Google Translate to have a real-world interaction in a foreign country, complete with subtitles!

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                                          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                          25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                          25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                          Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                                          Or even better:

                                          What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                                          You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                                          Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                                          How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                                          The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                                          In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                                          • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                                          • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                                          • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                                          As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                                          Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                                          Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                                          But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                                          his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                                          5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                                          Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                                          But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                                          1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                                          2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                                          3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                                          4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                                          5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                                          Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                                          There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                                          • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                                          • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                                          • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                                          • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                                          Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                                          With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                                          25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                                          Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                                          1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                                          If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                                          2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                                          If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                                          If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                                          3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                                          Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                                          =sum(

                                          …and then press F3.

                                          When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                                          4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                                          Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                                          =match(

                                          …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                                          When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                                          But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                                          5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                                          If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                                          • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                                          • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                                          • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                                          • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                                          • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                                          6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                                          By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                                          The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                                          For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                                          A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                                          7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                                          When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                                          8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                                          When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                                          9. Use filtering

                                          Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                                          It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                                          To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                                          10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                                          Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                                          Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                                          To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                                          11. See formula results with F9

                                          If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                                          Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                                          12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                                          If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                                          13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                                          Here’s how to use EDATE:

                                          =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                                          =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                                          14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                                          Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                                          =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                                          =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                                          15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                                          TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                                          16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                                          In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                                          17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                                          When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                                          And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                                          18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                                          If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                                          19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                                          Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                                          You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                                          20. Use data validation

                                          This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                                          • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                                          • Create drop-down lists;
                                          • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                                          21. Use conditional formatting

                                          It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                                          22. Use formula auditing

                                          This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                                          The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                                          23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                                          Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                                          It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                                          24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                                          INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                                          25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                                          OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                                          The bottom line

                                          As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                                          That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                                          If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

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