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These search tricks can save you time when researching online for your next project or just to find out what time it is across the world, so start using these right away.
Convert units. Whether you want to convert currency, American and metric units, or any other unit, try typing in the known unit and the unknown unit to find your answer (like ³how many teaspoons in a tablespoon´ or ³10 US dollars in Euros´).
Do a timeline search. Use ³view:timeline´ followed by whatever you are researching to get a timeline for that topic. Get around blocked sites. If you are having problems getting around a blocked site, just type ³cache:website address´ with website address being the address of the blocked site to use Google¶s cached copy to get where you are going.
Use a tilde. Using a tilde (~) with a search term will bring you results with related search terms. Use the image search. Type in your search word, then select Images to use the image search when trying to put a picture to your term.
Get a definition. If you want a definition without having to track down an online (or a physical) dictionary, just type ³definition:word´ to find the definition of the word in your results (i.e.: ³definition: serendipity´ will track down the definition of the word ³serendipity´).
Search within a specific website. If you know you want to look up Babe Ruth in Wikipedia, type in ³site:wikipedia.org Babe Ruth´ to go directly to the Wikipedia page about Babe Ruth. It works for any site, not just Wikipedia.
Search within a specific kind of site. If you know you only want results from an educational site, try ³site:edu´ or for a government site, try ³site:gov´ and your search term to get results only from sites with those web addresses.
Search for a specific file type. If you know you want a PDF (or maybe an MP3), just type in ³filetype:pdf´ and your search term to find results that are only in that file type.
10. Calculate with Google. Type in any normal mathematical expressions to get the answer immediately. For example, ³2*4 will get you the answer ³8.´
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