Sunday, January 07, 2007

Explore Google's Hidden Features, Get more out of it


1. Google as Calculator

You can use Google as a high-tech web-based calculator. All you have to do is enter your equation or formula into the standard Google search box, and then click the Google Search button. The result of the calculation is displayed on the search results page; it’s that simple.

For example, to add 2 plus 3, enter 2 + 3 and press Enter. To divide 10 by 2, enter 10 / 2, and so on.

And Google’s calculator isn’t limited to basic addition and multiplication. It can also handle more advanced calculations, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, hyperbolic functions, and logarithmic functions.

2. Google Knows Mathematical Constants

In addition to performing calculations, Google also knows a variety of mathematical and scientific constants, such as pi, Avogadro’s Number, and Planck’s Constant. It also knows the radius of the Earth, the mass of the sun, the speed of light, the gravitational constant, and a lot more.

For example, if you’re not sure what the value of pi is, just enter pi into the Search box and press Enter; Google returns 3.14159265, How about the speed of light? Enter speed of light, and Google returns 299,792,458 m/s.

3. Google as a Dictionary

You can use Google as an online dictionary to look up any word you can think of. It’s easy—and there are two ways to do it.

The first approach to looking up definitions is to use a ´All you have to do is enter the keywords what is in your query, followed by the word in question.For example, to look up the definition of the word "Maverick," enter what is maverick.

4. Google as a Glossary

Use define before the word you want defined, with no spaces between. for example, if you want to define the word "Maverick," enter the query define:Maverick.

If you want to define a phrase, use the define: operator but put the phrase in quotation marks. For example, to define the phrase "peer to peer", enter the query define:"peer to peer".

5. Google for Facts

Google can find fact-based information, such as birthdates, birthplaces, population. All you have to do is enter a query that states the fact you want to know. For example:
  • To find the population of India, enter population India.
  • To find where Mahatma Gandhi was born, enter birthplace Mahatma Gandhi
  • To find when President Bill Clinton was born, enter birthday bill clinton.
  • To find who is the president of US, enter president US.

6. Google Displays Weather Reports

Google can be used to find current weather conditions and forecasts? Just enter the keyword weather, followed by the location. For example, to view the weather forecast for Minneapolis, enter weather minneapolis.

Google displays current weather conditions and a four-day forecast at the top of the search results page.

7. Google Knows Current Airport Conditions

To search for weather conditions and delays at a particular airport, all you have to do is enter the airport’s three-letter code, followed by the word airport. For example, to view conditions at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (with the code MSP), enter msp airport.

8. Google Tracks Flight Status

Google also lets you track the status of any U.S. flight and many international flights. All you have to do is enter the flight number into the Google search box. For example, to find out the status of United Airlines flight 116, enter ua116.

Google displays links to three sites that let you track the flight status—Travelocity, Expedia, and fboweb. Click one of these links to view real-time flight status—including maps of where the plane is in its route.

9. Google Is a Phone Directory

Google now includes listings for millions of U.S. households in what it calls the Google PhoneBook. You search the PhoneBook listings from the main Google search box, using specific query parameters.

All you have to do is enter some combination of the following parameters: first name (or initial), last name, city, state, or Zip code. For example, to search for bill clinton washington, enter bill clinton washington. As you might suspect, the more details you provide, the more targeted your results will be.

Google lets you perform reverse phone number lookups. Just enter the full phone number, including area code, into the standard Google search box. You can enter all 10 numbers in a row,When you click the search button, Google displays a name matching PhoneBook result.

10. Google to find Area Codes

If you have an area code and want to know which city it serves, just enter the area code; Google will return the city in which that area code resides.


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