181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School: Part 1


Back in 2009, we published 100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School. But in nearly three years, Google has developed new products, discontinued a few, and offered new features, and more people have found great ways to save time with Google. So we’ve gone and found even more great tips for saving time with Google, and this time around, the list has made it all the way to 181 different tricks. Explore our collection of tricks to find new, faster ways to search, read email, manage your time, and more.

Search Tricks


Google is so much more than a search engine. It’s a reference book, calculator, even a weather forecaster. Using these tricks, you can find helpful information quickly, plus get to the right links faster.

  1. Feel lucky: Access the page that Google thinks is the most relevant for your search with the “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature. Chances are, you’ll find a great resource without having to look any further.

  1. Find public data: Google offers stores of public data, right in search results. For population and employment rates, just search for “population” or “unemployment rate” plus the state or county.

  1. Find your web history: Find websites you’ve visited and even search your own online history with Google’s Web History.

  1. Search within a site: Found a site that’s full of great stuff? Narrow down your results within the site by searching for (search query) site:(domain).

  1. Search for exact phrases: Put quotation marks around “any word” to find an exact phrase more efficiently.

  1. Shorten your search phrases: Chances are, you don’t need to type a whole lot to find what you’re looking for. Try shortening your searches to just a few words.

  1. Check the weather in a flash: Need to know if rain is going to hold you up on the way to class? Just type “weather” plus the city or zip code, and Google will pop up a forecast for you.

  1. Be descriptive: Instead of searching for “celebrity sounds,” which could be a variety of different sounds, look for “celebrity ringtones,” which is much more specific.

  1. Find the file type you’re looking for: Search for PDF, doc, even Power Point files by adding a filetype:pdf modifier to your search string.

  1. Forget about cases: Google’s search isn’t case sensitive, so search for new york times if you’re looking for The New York Times.

  1. Don’t worry about punctuation, either: Search doesn’t pay attention to punctuation and special characters, so don’t bother using them.

  1. Turn Google into a calculator: Did you know that Google has a built-in calculator function? Just enter a calculation into the search box, and you’ll get the answer!

  1. Google is a dictionary and thesaurus, too: Get definitions by entering “define” before your search term, and discover synonyms by adding a tilde (~), as in, ~cats.

  1. Quickly discover movies and movie showtimes: To find movie reviews, showings, and theaters before you head out with friends, just type “movies” plus your zip code for the best results.

  1. Check the time around the world: Chatting with your video penpal in Japan? Find out what time it is by searching for “time Japan.”

  1. Get rid of the stuff you don’t want: If you keep getting irrelevant results for a certain term, you can exclude words just by placing a minus sign in front of them. So if you want to know about wombats but not necessarily blind wombats, you’d search for wombats -”blind wombat.”

  1. Search with Goggles: Use your mobile phone’s camera to search for an item instead of typing words.

  1. Search by voice, too: Search the web with speech by tapping the microphone button on your Google search box.

  1. Discover what you don’t know: Google can help you fill in the blank with a simple asterisk (*). You can search for “Isaac Newton discovered *,” and Google will complete your sentence.

  1. Check your spelling: If you’re not sure how to spell a word, just type your best guess into Google. If you’re wrong, Google will pop up with an alternative, asking, “Did you mean: (correct spelling)?”

  1. Keep finding great sources: If you like what you see on a particular website, and would like to find more, just do a related search on Google. For example, “related:www.cnn.com” will direct you to more news sites like CNN.

  1. Discover people: Thanks to Google Plus, Google offers people profiles for a surprising amount of individuals. Get the quick low-down on your classmates, professors, and even important public figures by simply Googling a person’s name.

  1. Check out patents: If you need to research a patent for school (or your latest invention), just plug in the number, plus the word “patent” into Google to get information about it.

  1. Research health conditions, medications, and even save a life: Type any common symptom or disease into Google, and you’ll find an expert summary. Same thing for most generic and brand name prescriptions. Search for “poison control,” “suicide prevention,” and “flu,” and you’ll be directed to the appropriate phone number or even nearby locations that can help.

  1. Find food, stores, and more fast: Find local businesses, like restaurants, quickly just by entering what you’re looking for plus your zip code. For example, you can find pizza joints in the Beverly Hills area by searching for “pizza 90210.”

  1. Quit stalking the FedEx guy: You can track packages from USPS, FedEx, and UPS just by typing your tracking number directly into Google.

  1. Convert units of measure: Calculate temperature, weight, and more just by using Google Search.

  1. Search by timeline: With “view:timeline” you can get a timeline for any topic you’re researching.

  1. Use Google’s cache to get around blocked sites: Just by using “cache:website address,” you can get around most blocked sites.

  1. Take advantage of image search: Find an image for your search with Google’s Image Search.

  1. Find results on a specific kind of site: To find results only from authoritative sites like .edu, .gov, or .org, add “site:edu” to your search term.

  1. Check the time: Find out the local time just by entering “what time is it” into Google.

  1. Search within a url: Discover topics, years, and more within a url just by using “inurl:.”

  1. Refine your search with options: Drill down to what you’re really looking for with Show Options.

  1. Find a face: Find only images with faces by using “&imgtype=face” in your search query. Google Specifically for Education

Stay tuned for part two next week!

This is a guest blog series submitted by Jasmine Hall with OnlineColleges.net.


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