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    Default Googling tips

    * Download and install the Google toolbar. Not only does it
    put the Google search box into your browser full-time, but
    it also blocks pop-up ads and fills in forms for you. For
    Windows at:
    (Ad blocking, form-filling and Google's search box are
    already built into the Apple's Web browser, Safari.)

    * Phrase your question in the form of an answer. "After all,
    you're not looking for Web pages that ask your question,"
    explains director of technology Craig Silverstein. "You're
    looking for pages that answer it."

    So instead of typing, "What is the average rainfall in the
    Amazon basin?", you might get better results by typing "The
    average rainfall in the Amazon basin is."

    * This is an old one, but very important: Put quotes around
    phrases that must be searched together. If you put quotes
    around "electric curtains," Google won't waste your time
    finding one set of Web pages containing the word "electric"
    and another set containing the word "curtains."

    * Similarly, put a hyphen right before any word you want
    screened out. If you're looking up dolphins, for example,
    you'll have to wade through a million Miami Dolphins pages
    unless you search for "dolphins -Miami."

    * Google is a global White Pages and Yellow Pages. Search
    for "phonebook:home depot norwalk, ct," Google instantly
    produces the address and phone number of the Norwalk Home
    Depot. This works with names ("phonebook:robert jones las
    vegas, NV") as well as businesses.

    Don't put any space after "phonebook." And in all of the
    following examples, don't type the quotes I'm showing you

    * Google is a package tracker. Type a FedEx or UPS package
    number (just the digits); when you click Search, Google
    offers a link to its tracking information.

    * Google is a calculator. Type in an equation ("32+2345*3-
    234="). Click Search to see the answer.

    * Google is a units-of-measurement converter. Type
    "teaspoons in a gallon," for example, or "centimeters in a
    foot." Click Search to see the answer.

    * Google is a stock ticker. Type in AAPL or MSFT, for
    example, to see a link to the current Apple or Microsoft
    stock price, graphs, financial news and so on.

    * Google is an atlas. Type in an area code, like 212, to see
    a Mapquest map of the area.

    * Google is Wal-Mart's computer. Type in a UPC bar code
    number, such as "036000250015," to see the description of
    the product you've just "scanned in." (Thanks to the Google
    Blog,, for this tip and the next

    * Google is an aviation buff. Type in a flight number like
    "United 22" for a link to a map of that flight's progress in
    the air. Or type in the tail number you see on an airplane
    for the full registration form for that plane.

    * Google is the Department of Motor Vehicles. Type in a VIN
    (vehicle identification number, which is etched onto a
    plate, usually on the door frame, of every car), like
    "JH4NA1157MT001832," to find out the car's year, make and

    * For hours of rainy-day entertainment, visit:
    Here, you'll find links to new, half-finished Google
    experiments, like Google Voice, in which you call (650) 623-
    6706, speak the words you want to search for, and then open
    your browser to view the results. Disclaimer: It wasn't
    working when I tried it. (Ditto a lot of these experiments.)

    * Poke around the "Services & Tools" link on the
    home page, and you'll find some of the better-known lesser-
    known Google features, if that makes any sense.

    For example, there's Froogle (product search), News, Groups
    (Internet discussion boards), Google Catalogs (hundreds of
    scanned-in product catalogs), Images (find graphics and
    photos from other people's Web sites), Blogger (publish your
    own online journal), Google language translation, Google
    Answers (pay a couple of bucks to have a professional
    researcher find the answers for you) and much more.

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    good tip on search paramaters... for Mac user, just use Safari's google field:

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    Join Date
    Nov 2003


    Woah, very helpful post! ! Googling has just became more efficient for me!


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