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Sunday
Oct282007

Useful Google Features

We all know that Google is not just a search engine by now, but Google has a whole range of functions of which most people are unaware. Here’s a couple:

Dictionary. Type “define:” (without the quotation marks) plus a word into the seach box and you will get a list of web definitions. Try it with “define: time management” and see what you get. Don’t forget the colon after “define”.

Clock. Type “time” (again without the quotation marks) into the search box and it will come up with the correct time where you are located. Very useful for days on which the time has changed like today! Or you can type “time:” plus a place name and you will get the time anywhere in the world, e.g. time: Moscow.

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Didn't know about the time command - neat! Generally I use Firefox's Smart Keywords feature to speed up my research. For example,

'wp <xx>' looks up an entry on Wikipedia
'am <xx>' "" Amazon books
'li <xx>' "" LinkedIn
...

I listed a few more in
<a href="http://ideamatt.blogspot.com/2006/08/few-thoughts-on-vacations-gtd-used.html">this post</a>, FYI (scroll to <b>Productivity tip: Firefox smart keywords</b>).
October 30, 2007 at 0:52 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Cornell
Oops, that last bit didn't format well. Should be: http://ideamatt.blogspot.com/2006/08/few-thoughts-on-vacations-gtd-used.html
October 30, 2007 at 0:53 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Cornell
For people who want to know more tricks on how to use GOOGLE with full power, here is a one page summary for your desk:

http://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html

Enjoy.

Werner
November 1, 2007 at 9:37 | Unregistered CommenterWerner
Great post! The "time" one was really useful for me.
Thanks,
- Hooman
December 16, 2007 at 20:59 | Unregistered CommenterHooman Taherinia

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