This is an old one, but very important: Put quotes around phrases that must
be searched together. If you put quotes around "electric curtains," Google won't
waste your time finding one set of Web pages containing the word "electric" and
another set containing the word "curtains."
Similarly, put a hyphen right before any word you want screened out. If you're
looking up dolphins, for example, you'll have to wade through a million Miami
Dolphins pages unless you search for "dolphins - Miami."
Google is a global White Pages and Yellow Pages. Search for "phonebook:home
depot norwalk , ct," Google instantly produces the address and phone number of
the Norwalk Home Depot. This works with names ("phonebook: robert jones las
vegas, NV") as well as businesses.
Don't put any space after "phonebook." And in all of the following examples,
don't type the quotes I'm showing you here.
Google is a package tracker. Type a FedEx or UPS package number (just the
digits); when you click Search, Google offers a link to its tracking
Google is a calculator. Type in an equation ("32+2345*3- 234=").
Google is a units-of-measuremen t converter. Type "teaspoons in a gallon," for
example, or "centimeters in a foot."
Google is a stock ticker. Type in AAPL or MSFT, for example, to see a link to
the current Apple or Microsoft stock price, graphs, financial news and so on.
Google is an atlas. Type in an area code, like 212, to see a Mapquest map of the
Google is Wal-Mart's computer. Type in a UPC bar code number, such as
"036000250015, " to see the description of the product you've just "scanned in."
(Thanks to the Google Blog, http://google. blogspace. com , for this tip and the
G oogle is an aviation buff. Type in a flight number like "United 22" for a link
to a map of that flight's progress in the air. Or type in the tail number you
see on an airplane for the full registration form for that plane.
Google is the Department of Motor Vehicles. Type in a VIN (vehicle
identification number, which is etched onto a plate, usually on the door frame,
of every car), like "JH4NA1157MT001832, " to find out the car's year, make and
For hours of rainy-day entertainment, visit http://labs.google.com . Here, you'll find links to new, half-finished Google experiments-
like Google Voice, in which you call (650) 623-6706, speak the words you want to
search for and then open your browser to view the results. Disclaimer: It wasn't
working when I tried it. (Ditto a lot of these experiments. )