Google is a great (arguably the best) resource for keyword searching on the internet, but many folks don’t realize what else Google is capable of.
Here is a short list of things I use Google for, beyond just searching.
Track packages – Enter a package tracking number for any carrier (I’ve tried UPS, FedEX and USPS) and Google will give you a link to track the package. It’s usually easier and quicker than using the carrier’s page.
Movie show times – Type “movie:” and your zip code or city/state and get a listing of local movie theatres, movies and show times.
Phone number to name and address – Type in a listed phone number and get a name and address of the owner of the number. This is great for finding the address of businesses.
Get a map for a city – Type in a US zip code or city, state and get a link to the map for that zip code.
Define a word – Type “define: ” in the search box followed by a word you want defined and get a definition of that word.
Do math – Google is capable of most mathematic functions. Just type the math you want to do right in the search box and hit search. The result will be at the top of the list. You could write a chapter on just this feature, but most of the functions are defined on this help page.
Convert to and from roman numerals – Enter a search like “28 in roman numerals” or “MCMLXVI in decimal” and get a quick conversion. You will need to put the roman numeral in all capial letters.
Measurement unit converter – Convert measurements of anything from cooking ingredients to rotational force just by typing a search like “2 cups in tablespoons”
Currency converter – Similar to the measurement converter, just type something like “32 US Dollars in British Pounds” and get a quick currency conversion.
So you can see that Google wants to be much more to us than just a search engine. Learn more on this Google help page or try some of the tricks through the search box below. Enjoy!