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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Awesome Google Search Tip and Tricks

You may be using Google search multiple times per day to locate something on the web. Learning how to use Google search effectively can boost your productivity instantly.

This article is part of the on-going Productivity Tips for Geeks. In this article let us review 15 awesome google search tricks that will improve the quality of your online life.

Note: Also, check-out our earlier article about 15 Awesome Gmail Tips and Tricks, and 15 Essential Gmail Lab Features.

1. Identify Local Time for Any City in the World using Google

If you want to know current local time in a particular city, use the following method. To see the current local time in Los Angeles do the following. Go-ahead and try this yourself for your local city and see how it works.

Syntax: time in PLACE

time Los Angeles

Google Identify Time in a Place

Fig: Find out current time of any worldwide city

2. Exclude Keywords in the Search

If you want Google to exclude a word while searching the web page, use – (minus) before the search as shown below. This example searches for the pages which has the word ebooks, and without the word free.

ebooks -free

3. Search for Keywords with Similar Meaning. Include Synonym Keywords in Search

Instead of searching for only the given word, using ~ before the keyword you can instruct Google to search for webpages with the exact given word or the words which has same meaning. In the following example, giving ~tutorial also searches for keywords: guide, manual, reference etc.

nagios ~tutorial


debian installation ~tutorial

4. Match Any Single Word in the Search Using *

While searching, if you are not sure about which keyword to be placed in the phrase, you can match any single word using *.

For example, if you want to search for examples of vim substitution, and you are not sure whether to search for “vim editor find and replace examples”, or “vim editor search and replace examples”, then use * , which will match either find, search or any other word, as shown below.

vim editor * and replace examples

Note: You can also match multiple words by using multiple number of *’s respectively.

5. Use OR in Google Search

Using OR operator in between the words makes the following kind of search possible in Google. Following example will search for bash examples or bash programs.

bash examples OR programs

Note: The keyword OR should be in uppercase

6. Identify Definition a Word

To view the definition of a word use the following method.

Syntax: define: 

define: tech savvy

7. Search for a Range Using ..

If you are looking for a product in a specific price range use the following. It will search for the pages with text PDA, and $400 to $450 ranged text.

Syntax: text $100..$125

PDA $400..$450

8. Mathematical Calculations using Google

Normally for doing the metric conversions we will be using some online conversion websites or conversion softwares. However just by using Google search box you can do calculations, unit conversions and money conversions as explained below.

You can use the Google search box as your scientific calculator as


9. Unit Conversion using Google

The following will show the equivalent pounds for one kg.

kg in pound

So when you want to know what is the equivalent pounds of kg you can view it as:

Use Google for Measurement Convertor

Fig: Online Unit Conversion using Google

Following are few other possible conversions. Click on these link to see the results.

10. Money Conversion using Google

Following converts US Dollars in Euros (or) US Dollars in Rupees.

USD in Euro



Convert USD to Any other Currencies using Google

Fig: Currency Conversion Using Google

11. Searching within a Specific Website

You can search for a text in a specific website. The following example shows how to search only within our blog –


Note: There is no space between site: and the website address.

12. Google Search for a Given Keywords (both without and with sequence)

Basic Search for a Given Keywords – Without Sequence

The very basic feature of Google which everybody is using today is searching for pages which has the given text as:

linux command line history examples

Google - Search for Keywords without Sequence

Fig: Basic Google Search for Keywords with no specific sequence

Note: Highlighted words are not in the order as we given in the search box.

Basic Search with Keywords In a Given Sequence

If you want Google to show only the pages which has the words in the given sequence, then double quote that search string as:

"guide to install php5 from source"

Google Keywords in Sequence

Fig: Basic Search for Keywords in a specific sequence

Note: Highlighted words are in the same order as we given in the search box.

13. Search Based on File Type

The following examples searches only the matching keywords inside a Power Point presentations. In the same way, you can search for the doc, pdf and other file types.

linux introduction filetype:ppt

14. Google Advanced Search Page

If you are not able to remember some of the advanced search syntax mentioned in this article, then use the Google Advanced search page as shown below.

Google Advanced Search Page
Fig: Google Advanced Search Page

15. Identify Local Weather for Any City in the World using Google

To see the current weather in Los Angeles do the following. Go-ahead and try this yourself for your local city and see how it works.

Syntax: weather PLACE

weather Los Angeles

Google Weather Forecast for Local City

Fig: Find out current weather forecast of any worldwide city

by SathiyaMoorthy

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