Coaxing Most Out Of Google

Wednesday, June 04, 2008 Posted by Aman Jain

1. Put the most important words first. Searching for phuket diving brings different results than diving phuket. Capitalization doesn’t matter.
2.Google returns pages with all the search terms. They’re “AND”ed together. Refine a search by adding more terms: phuket diving can be narrowed down with phuket diving beginners.
3.Use OR (capitalized) to search for multiple items. phuket OR samui OR similans diving returns pages about diving in Phuket, Samui, or the Similans.
4. Put specific search phrases in quotes. diving phuket "day trip" is more restrictive than diving phuket day trip.
5.Use a hyphen to indicate words you want to exclude. diving phuket -overnight returns pages that don’t include the word overnight.
Use these keywords to get answers quickly:
1.To convert units, use in: 10 feet in centimeters or 20 dollars in euros or 350 f in c.
2.To calculate, type the equation: 1248.3/7.1 or pi * (7.5 squared)
3.To get a definition, use define: define booty or define supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
4.For local time, try time: time redmond or time irkutsk.
5.For movie reviews, use movie followed by the movie name: movie birds or movie borat.
6.Quick facts: height mt st helens or length amazon river or nepal currency or weather auckland.
7.Just type: USPS, UPS, or FedEx tracking numbers; flight numbers; UPC codes; telephone area codes; stock ticker symbols