19 Amazing Things You Can Do With Google

Google gets 63,000 search queries to process every second while there are on an average of over 5.6 billion searches per day. These stats are enough to settle the debate for the most used search engine between Google, Bing and Yahoo. Everyone uses Google to find a lot of stuff and it can find out almost anything for us. Therefore, here we would like to list a few interesting facts and things about Google Search which will make your searching more efficient, faster and fun.

Amazing Interesting Facts And Things About Google

1) Askew

If you type “askew” in Google search engine then it will list the results with tilt display.

askew - Google search amazing tricks
Askew

2) Do A Barrel Roll

What’s that? If you look for “do a barrel roll”, then you will see an amazing thing. Google will spin the search page for you.

interesting facts about google - do a barrel roll
Do a Barrel Roll

3) Books

If you are very fond of reading books and look for them on the internet, then here is a simple trick by Google. Google for “books by” and append the name of the author, then it will list the popular books by that author. If you are a bibliophile then you should also have a look at our picks for best book catalog apps that’ll help you manage the books like a pro.

interesting facts about google - books
Books

4) Movies

If you are searching for movies, then type the actor name followed by word movies”. It will show all the popular movies as shown in the screenshot, for Hugh Jackman.  For all the movie buffs we recommend you to check out these IMDB alternatives for getting movie reviews.

check movies on Google
Movies

5) Google In 1998

If you want to get a feel of how Google was in 1998 then you can get it simply by searching for “Google in 1998” in Google search engine.

google in 1998
Google in 1998

6) Atari Breakout

Search for “Atari Breakout” in Google. It will list the web links. After this, click on the Images tab, you will see the blocks which you have to destroy with the ball. This was created in honor of the Game’s 37th anniversary.

atari breakout
Atari Breakout

7) Zerg Rush

Type “Zerg Rush” in Google search bar, you will see “O”s coming from everywhere to eat your search page. You have to click three times to kill those “O”s and prevent eating your page.

zerg rush
Zerg Rush

8) Set Timer

This one is also amazing. You can set a timer using Google Search itself. Type “set timer for 10:15 am”, it means the timer will start beeping at 10:15 AM.

set timer in Google
Set Timer

9) Voice Search

On the Google search page, you can find a voice icon in the search bar. Click on that voice icon, now Google will allow you to speak whatever you want to search for and will list the results.

google voice
Voice Search

10) Check Flight Status Instantly

If you are looking for the status of a particular flight on Google then just type the Flight Number in Google search Box. The first result you will get is the details of flight with the name of the airlines, arrival and departure status. For instance, if you type ‘SG 116’ then you will get a result which shows that it is a SpiceJet flight and its arrival and departure cities and timings respectively.

Google Facts - Check Flight Status
Check Flight Status

With this, you don’t need to search for a specific website and then get the status of the flight and it makes much more easier to track your flight status.

11) Conversions On The Go

You can use Google search to get conversion result for a particular unit to other. For example one currency to other or one length to another. To do this you need to use this simple syntax:<number> <unit 1> in/to <unit 2> without arrow brackets. For example, you could search for 1000 inr to euro or 1 cm in inches and get your result as the first result from Google. Again no need to visit a specific website to achieve this.

12) Calculator

Many of us don’t know about the calculator which is one of the Google product. You can use Google calculator by searching for a calculator in the search box and the first result returned is Google calculator. With Google Calculator you can perform sin, cos and logarithmic scientific calculations along with normal addition and subtraction functions.

Google Calculator
Google calculator

Moreover, you can convert numbers to binary by using syntax ‘<number> in binary’. For example you can search 12 in binary and you’ll get the binary equivalent of 12.

Binary conversion in Google
Binary conversion

13) View Cricket Scores And Fixtures

For this you need to type cricket score and you will get all the international matches listed with scores. Date and time is shown for the matches which are yet to be played.

Cricket Scores and Fixtures
Cricket Scores and Fixtures

14) Looking For A Specific File Type

Another Google fact is that you can search for a specific file type by using the syntax:<search keyword> filetype:ppt or <search keyword> filetype:pdf. By using this search syntax all the files with the specified format will be listed in the search results for you without you having to do the filtering for the file type you require. For example: cloud computing filetype:ppt

search for Specific file type
Search for specific file type

15) Check Time Around The World

To get the time for any place around the world you just need to type ‘time in <place>‘.

Check time with timezone
Check Time with Timezone

16) Know Meaning Of Particular Word In Another Language

Use syntax <word> in <language>. For example ,milk in Swedish will return mjolk which is Swedish for milk.

Google Translation
Translation

17) Weather Forecasts Around The World

Get weather details and a week forecast for any place around the world by typing ‘<place> forecast’. For example London forecast.

Weather Forecast in Google
Weather Forecast

18) Search For Results Only In One Particular Website

search results from a specific site - Google
Search for results only from a specific site

Another interesting fact about Google is that it allows user to limit the search to single specified website. To achieve this use syntax ‘site:<domainname.com> search query’. For example: “site:techuntold.com instagram” will return search results only from techuntold.com that are related to Instagram.

19) See Definitions For Words

If you are looking for a definition or meaning of a word then you can do so by typing define:<word> in Google search box.For example: define:sedulous will return meaning of sedulous and other details.

If you end up using this feature more often than not then you can also consider using these offline dictionary apps to get meanings of words on the go.

Get meaning and definition of words
Get meaning and definition

These were interesting facts and things about Google which you can use from now onward. Hope using these will be more convenient and time saving rather than visiting other websites to get the information. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Akshay Thapliyal
Akshay Thapliyal is the Co-founder of TechUntold and mainly looks into the strategic planning at TechUntold. He also loves writing articles on apps & problems he faces related to tech. Follow him on:

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