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What little known tips and tricks do you have for searching on Google?


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To download MP3s.

Simply use any file uploading service, and the name of your artist and song and voila.

Works best for artists/songs that are relatively popular. E.g.

kanye west site:mediafire.com

Returns something similar to this: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=kanye+west+site:mediafire.com&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

I hope Google doesn't figure out a way to stop this, but it can be very useful. It can also be applied to other types of sites with other document/media types.

Enjoy :)

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To find mobile area code belongs to which cities use xxx area code, eg: 512 area code. This works for all area codes in US.

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To see the weather/temperature for some city search for: temperature CITY

For example, for Mumbai it would be : temperature mumbai

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Google Experimental search

There is a version of Google which makes Google very keyboard-friendly.

It lets you move up/down search entries with the keys j/k (vim-style), open a link with the key "o", and go back to the search box with the "/" key.

Check it out here.

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For temperature conversion, use a form like "30 degrees C in F".

Using "30° C in F" won't work.

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You can get Google to answer questions, where it brings back the actual answer as text (rather than a link to a page). For instance, try:

When was ie6 released? and you get the response:

Internet Explorer 6 release — August 27, 2001

According to wikipedia.org, wikipedia.org and sitecrafting.com

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Several features that Lifehacker posted several years ago: http://lifehacker.com/339474/top-10-obscure-google-search-tricks:

  1. Make Google recognize faces
  2. ID people, objects, and foreign language words and phrases with Google Image Search
  3. Find music and comic books
  4. Find related terms and documents
  5. Remove affiliate links from product searches
  6. Use Google as a free proxy
  7. Compare items with "better than" and find similar items with "reminds me of"
  8. Convert currency, metrics, bytes, and more
  9. Track flight status
  10. Get the local time anywhere

Number three was my favorite for a while, and because the browser Opera lets you create your own search engines inside of it, you can program these in very easily.

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It's pretty good with sports events and scores as well...

Searching f1 gives you the qualifying (after qualifying), race result (after the race for a few days) and then the overall drivers results.

It also had similar features for cricket where you could type Aus V NZ to see the current match scores when Australia play New Zealand, for example including the last 2 overs summary...

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The '?' operator

You can do all conversions.

Currency converter, 1USD=?INR

Celsius to Fahrenheit, 30C = ?F

It is closely related to the calculator function but it's just simpler.

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Punctuation Notes

Special characters and punctuation are generally ignored except for the following exceptions.

"" - Quotations
Phrase Search
"Captain Crunch"

: - Colon
Selector for search parameters
site:news.ycombinator.com
filetype:pdf

- - Dash / Negation
Used to exclude terms from the query
steve -jobs -wozniak -perry

+ - Plus
Used for the exact term preventing similar words

~ - Tilde Operator Takes the word immediately following it and searches both for that specific word and for the word’s synonyms.

Math Operations

+ - Addition

- - Subtraction

/ - Division

* - Multiplication

Reserved Symbols

$ - Dollar symbol
Used for currency

# - Pound / Sharp Used in:
- C# C Sharp programming language, F Sharp, etc.. - Chords, Scales

++ PlusPlus
Used in: C++ Programming Language.

_ Underscore
Treats entire set as one
+peter_parker not peter parker, + is used to prevent similar wordings.

If you still cannot obtain what you are searching for follow these questions for advice:
How can I search for a keyword with special characters in Google Search?
How to search the internet for terms with special characters

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AROUND() operator

It works like this

pizza AROUND(2) restaurant

pizza is maximally separated by two words from restaurant in the website text. So it is especially useful to find a word in a specific context.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-use-undocumented-operator-around-improve-google-searches.htm

For searching very specific scientific papers i use it in google scholar quite alot. One should use it with more other operators and words to make it effective, as AROUND doesnt work too well with to much results.

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I like how one can replace City, State with a zip code. For example,

This

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA

Becomes:

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, 94043

Of course, this is primarily useful when I'm searching for directions that begin at my house or office, as I know the zipcodes.

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Mixing currency and unit conversion you can do:

1.18cad per liter in usd per gallon

The current answer is $4.39/gallon, which should make some of you feel lucky.

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