15. PLAY RETRO VIDEO GAMES
Ever wanted to play Pacman, but don’t know which arcade still has it? Don’t worry. Google offers a long list of retro games that can be played right there on the browser. Just google the name and it’ll give you a link to play it. Now I know what all the 90s kids are going to be doing for the next few hours.
14. FILTER YOUR SEARCHES
Have you ever wondered how to filter out irrelevant results and find a more precise list of results? For example, if you’re looking to see the stats for the 2016 season for the LA Dodgers’, you’ll see a lot of stuff from 2018 as well. So, to refine the results, type in this; “LA Dodgers +2016 -2018”. The plus sign will tell Google’s algorithm that the results need to be emphasized on 2016 and the minus will tell the algorithm to exclude the 2018 part.
13. QUICK CALCULATOR
Need a quick scientific calculator and don’t want to get up from your chair to grab one from your bag? Just type in the equation in Google and a calculator will show up solving it.
12. AMBIGUOUS SEARCHES
Can’t seem to remember where Ed Sheeran was going to find love instead of the club? Just Google “The club isn’t the best place to find a lover so the * is where I go”. This will tell Google that there’s a word missing in there and respond with results accordingly.
Need to verify some quick geometry answer? Just type in ‘Solve’ followed by whatever shape you’re working with and Google will tell you all the answers.
10. SPECIFIC WEBSITE SEARCHES
Ever needed to read the highlights from last night’s game just on ESPN? Enter “site:ESPN.com yesterday’s game” and the results will show only links from ESPN along with all the games played the day before.
9. REAL-TIME GRAPH CONVERSION
We all know the hassle of creating a graph that’s just too damn confusing. Just Google “Graph for ___” and enter whatever problem you’re looking to solve. Google is just making school simple at this point.
8. MULTIPLE SEARCHES
Can’t really seem to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for? Enter multiple queries and separate them with “AND” or “OR”. Google will provide results accordingly.
7. FINDING SUGGESTED WEBSITES
Suppose you want to find stuff on Game on Thrones. But, you don’t want to rummage through random sites. So, just search “related:gameofthrones.com” and you’ll find tons of websites related to Game of Thrones posting content that you’ll love to read.
6. CONVERTING CURRENCY
If you’re a financial analyst or just looking up currencies randomly, Google is your new best friend. The process is pretty darn simple. If you’re looking to convert to GDP, just enter 10 USD into GDP and Google will show the result along with the current exchange rate in the market.
5. TIP CALCULATOR
Are you also someone that gets confused when it’s time to tip the waiter? Don’t worry, Mr. Google has your back. There’s quite an accurate calculator available online, just search “tip calculator” and you’ll be able to see how much you should tip depending on the bill, percentage and the number of people at the table.
4. TRACKING PACKAGES
Instead of having to search for your package at a certain website, just throw that number into Google and it’ll look up your package for you. If you can’t find your package, just enter ‘track package’ before it, and you’re good to go!
3. TRACKING THE SOURCE OF INCOMING TRAFFIC
Ever wonder who’s linking to your site, or what people think about your stuff? Just enter “link:yourwebsite.com” into the bar and it’ll show ever webpage with a link to your website.
2. SPECIFIC DATE SEARCHES
Do you only want stuff from some specific years? Just enter the keyword you’re looking for and follow it up with Year_1..Year_2 like this “2015..2017”. Searching in this way will filter the results to show only the stuff posted in these two calendar years.
1. FLIGHT INFORMATION
If you’re sitting in the waiting area of an airport and want to see the status of your flight without turning your head towards the screen behind you, then just put the flight number in the search box. This tool is particularly useful if you’re trying to track the location of a family member and can’t reach them via phone.