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9 Secret Google Search Tricks to Make Your Life Easier

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Kristina ByasGuest Blogger
July 07, 2016 · 6.2k Views

For many people, when they open their internet browser, the first page they will see is Google. This specific search engine can be used to find out a lot of information and has proven to be helpful when people are writing a paper, looking up lyrics to a song, or doing something else they deem important. Just by typing in a few simple words or a phrase, you can find out pretty much anything you want. However, if you don't know all of the tricks, you will find yourself limited with what Google can offer you and what information you can find. Check out these Google search tricks to ease your life.


1. Timer

Need a timer? Just go to Google, type in "Set timer," and hit enter. You'll see a timer appear. When ready, set the time and wait for it to count down. When time is up, Google will play a sound to alert you.

2. Learn how to speak a number

Everyone has seen one of those ridiculously large numbers that they aren't really sure how to speak. Should you find yourself reading one of these number, just type it into Google with "=English" following it, and Google will tell you how to speak the number.

3. Flip a coin

Scrambling for a coin to flip? There's no need to look any further because you can actually flip a coin on your computer using Google. Type in "Flip a coin" then click "I'm Feeling Lucky." A virtual coin will appear and all you have to do is click to flip it.

4. Compare food

Dieting is hard enough when there is a limit to the types of food you can eat, but when you're trying to stay within a certain amount of calories, that can make things worse. For those without the phone apps to assist with counting calories, Google is the next best thing. Just choose two foods that you want compare, type in their names with "vs" between and view the nutritional facts side by side.

5. Find the name of a song

Looking for the name of a song or the lyrics of a song? Type in the lyrics you know (as little or as much as possible), and Google might be able to find the song you're looking for. 

6. Fill in the blanks

Looking for a quote, but not sure what the exact words are in the complete phrase? Type in what you know and fill in the blanks with asterisks. Your results will be a list of possible quotes complete with the words missing from what you searched.

7. Exclude certain search results

Google can be extremely helpful when you actually find what you are looking for, but that doesn't mean you won't have to view results that you could have skipped over. To avoid having to look at these results, you can type in what you are searching for and add a minus sign followed by the words you don't want to appear in results. For example, if you search for bass, you might get results for a bass guitar, singer, and the fish. If you want results exclusively for bass guitar, search bass -fish.

8. Learn fun facts

Many people go to Google to find out specific information, but for those interested in random facts, you can also search on Google to learn something new. Type in "Fun fact" and you'll be presented with a random fact.

9. Calculator

Don't have a calculator handle? No problem! Just go to Google, type in the math problem you are trying to solve, and Google will tell you the answer. For example, when you type in "5 times 10," the answer will pop up. There will also be a calculator that will appear in case you need to do more math.

Love what you see? Want to learn even more tricks? Here's how you can search anything you want in the pdf file to read on the go, search by budget price for the desired item, stock market and more. 


Source: GoogleTricks (click image to enlarge)

Are we missing any Google tricks? What's your favorite?


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Kristina Byas is a Milwaukee native who has written for Female Intel, Shepherd Express, Scandalous Women and more. She suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and has difficulty purchasing items at full price. You can learn more about her by following her on Twitter: @KristinaByas
ibn2shopnJul 07, 2016
how do i get back to this page?
AcaroneJul 07, 2016
ibn2shopnJul 07, 2016
this is new to me. i did not know about this
MissesSunshineJul 07, 2016
A lot of these are new to me! Thanks!

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