Google Search Special Features

In addition to the main search-engine feature of searching for text, Google Search has many “special features” that are activated by entering trigger words when searching:

  1. weather – The weather conditions, temperature, wind, humidity, and forecast, for many cities, can be viewed by typing “weather” along with a city, state and area code, such as: weather Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India; New Delhi, India ; Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
  2. stock quotes – The market data for a specific company or fund can be viewed, by typing the ticker symbol (or include “stock”), such as: Reliance, RIL, Tata, Godrej, Infosys etc. Results show inter-day changes, graphs, etc. .
  3. time – The current time in many cities around the world can be viewed by typing “time” and the name of the city such as: time New York; time Sydney, Australia.
  4. sports scores – The scores and schedules, for sports teams, can be displayed by typing the team name or league name or tournament name into the search box.
  5. unit conversion – Measurements can be converted, by entering each phrase, such as: cm to inches; or kms to miles
  6. currency conversion – A money or currency converter can be selected, by typing the names or currency codes (listed by ISO 4217): such as Rupee to US dollar, Euro to pounds etc.
  7. calculator – Calculation results can be determined, as calculated live, by entering a formula in numbers or words, such as: 6*77 +pi +sqrt(e^3)/888 plus 0.45. The user is given the option to search for the formula, after calculation.
  8. The calculator also uses the unit and currency conversion functions to allow unit-aware calculations. For example, “(3 EUR/liter) / (40 miles/gallon) in USD / mile” calculates the dollar cost per mile for a 40 mpg car with gas costing 3 euros a liter.
  9. The caret “^” raises a number to an exponent power, and percentages are allowed such as 40% of 300 etc
  10. numeric ranges – A set of numbers can be matched by using a double-dot between range numbers (70..73 or 90..100) to match any positive number in the range, inclusive. Negative numbers are treated as using exclusion-dash to not match the number.
  11. dictionary lookup – A definition for a word or phrase can be found, by entering “define” followed by a colon and the word(s) to lookup such as, “define:philosophy”
  12. maps – Some related maps can be displayed, by typing in the name or area code of a location and the word “map” (such as: New York map; Kansas map; or Delhi map).
  13. movie showtimes – Reviews or film showtimes can be listed for any movies playing, by typing “movies” or the name of any current film and city into the search box.
  14. public data – Trends for population or unemployment rates can be found for states & countries, by typing “population” or “unemployment rate” followed by a state or country name.
  15. real estate and housing – Home listings in a given area can be displayed, using the trigger words “housing”, “home”, or “real estate” followed by the name of a city.
  16. travel data/airports – The flight status for arriving or departing U.S. flights can be displayed, by typing in the name of the airline and the flight number into the search box such as: American airlines 18. Delays at a specific airport can also be viewed (by typing the name of the city or three-letter airport code plus word “airport”).
  17. package tracking – Package mail can be tracked by typing the tracking number of a Royal Mail, UPS, FedEx or USPS package directly into the search box. Results will include quick links to track the status of each shipment.
  18. patent numbers – U.S. patents can be searched by entering the word “patent” followed by the patent number into the search box such as: Patent 5123123.
  19. area code – The geographical location (for any U.S. telephone area code) can be displayed by typing a 3-digit area code (such as: 650).
  20. synonym search – A search can match words similar to those specified, by placing the tilde sign (~) immediately in front of a search term, such as: ~fast food.

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