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10 Tips, Tricks and Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Google

Updated on April 9, 2012

Google is a company known for its ingenuity and sense of humor. Here is a list of some of the things that can be done with Google and its products.

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1. Google Gravity

Want to have a little fun with Google and destroy the main page? Go to Google Search, type Google Gravity and press "I'm Feeling Lucky". Have fun by flinging the Google search components around your screen.

2. Synonym Search

If you want to search not only for your search term but also for its synonyms, place the tilde sign (~) immediately in front of your search term.

For example: ~fast food will search for fast food and junk food, plus other fast food restaurants

3. Do you like the Google Doodles?

Check out all of the Google headers from past special events and holidays by visiting

4. What's the time?

To find out the time anywhere in the world, type "time [city/country]" (without quotes and brackets) into the search bar. Google will display the current time in that location.

Would you also like to know the sunrise and sunset of that location? Type sunset or sunrise before the city or country to find out when it will be.

5. What's playing?

Do you want to find movie showtimes in your area fast? In the Google search bar, type "movies [zip code]" (without quotes or brackets). The search results will show all movies, theatres and even reviews for each showing.

6. Track It

Hate finding the websites to track your UPS, USPS or FedEx packages? Track your packages by typing your tracking number directly into the Google search bar. This will eliminate a lot of time looking for websites and tracking searches.

7. Identify Unknown Images

Have you ever been on a website like Pinterest or Tumblr and wondered where the image originated from? To find out where it came from, find your image then open another window or tab in your internet browser and go to Google Images. Drag the image from the original site into the Google Images tab and it will display all relevant images and sources.

8. Search a Single Website

Do you know the website you want to search but don't want to crawl through endless pages to find the information you need? In the Google Search bar, type "site:[web address] [keyword]" (without quotes or brackets). This will search the website for your keyword, for example " dog" will bring up results for all hubpages articles that contain the word dog.

9. Be a Froogle Googler

Are you a Frugal shopper? Want the latest info on shopping deals? Check out Froogle Google to get a detailed list of deals and where to pick them up. Advanced search options will allow you to find items that are local to you.

10. Spot Nessie

Many have claimed to have spotted Nessie, the Lockness Monster, late at night, online. Online? Yes. At 3:14am (the 3 digits of Pi, for the nerds) every morning Nessie visits the Google homepage. If you're not a night owl and can't wait, simply change your time zone settings to catch a glimpse.

Try these funny searches

Type in these keywords and press "I'm Feeling Lucky""

  • Chuck Norris
  • do a barrel roll
  • answer to life the universe and everything
  • once in a blue moon
  • Recursion

Switch to Satellite and view these Google Earth finds

show route and directions
A markerFighter Jet in France Parking Lot -
get directions

B markerGiant Pink Bunny in Italian Countryside -
get directions

C markerCar on the Side of Building in The Netherlands -
get directions

D markerBoat on its side in Iraq -
get directions

Great Google Reads

Do you have any cool Google tips?

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    • YellowTaxis profile image

      YellowTaxis 5 years ago from walsall

      "site:[web address] [keyword]" (without quotes or brackets). loved that option, thank you so so much, just saved me a ton of time.

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      Luis Bivar Ramos 5 years ago from Porto, Portugal

      Thanks for the hub, I didn't knew a lot of these tips you point out :)

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      Karla Iverson 5 years ago from Oregon

      Fun hub and I especially like the great tip on finding image sources. Like randomcreative, I've seen images I wanted to use, but I couldn't track down the source. Am sending the barrel roll to my sister - it almost sent me cross-eyed!

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      lawrence2012 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the useful tips. I swear that site: command use to be domain: and I've been trying to figure it out for days. Maybe I'm just going senile.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a great resource! I will definitely use the Identify Unknown Images tip. I come across images via Pinterest all the time that I'd love to use for articles or blog posts...if I could identify them. This will be a big help.

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      How fun! Voted up & awesome, thanks for sharing.

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      craftybird 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you, Millionaire Tips!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      These are really great, and very helpful. I write a hub that lists my favorite hubs that I've read (normally it is weekly, but I am taking a break during the summer), and yours is included for the month of April. Congrats!

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      Talullah 5 years ago from SW France

      I loved reading this hub and will bookmark it! Thanks for sharing all that stuff!

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      Atifsilal 5 years ago

      Thats really Cool... i love the info you wrote

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This is cool and very interesting.... bookmarked for reference

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      Laustk 5 years ago

      Hehe cool stuff... 42 is all I have to say