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Parcel tracking IDs, patents, and other specialized numbers can be entered into Google’s search box for quick access to information about them,” according to the Google Web Search Features page, www.google.com/help/features.html.

Special searches by number types include:

  Examples
Icon that is displayed beside links to map of area code Area Code Map 212 ]
Icon displayed beside link to package tracking Package Tracking 999444666222 ]
Icon displayed beside link to flight tracking information Flight Tracking Information united 42 ]
Icon displayed beside link to vehicle information Vehicle Information JH4NA1157MT001832 ]
Lightning-bolt icon displayed beside link to patent search information Patent Search patent 5122313 ]
Airplane icon displayed beside link to FAA Airplane Registration Numbers FAA Airplane Registration Numbers n199ua ]
UPC-code icon displayed beside link to UPC code information UPC Codes 036000250015 ]
Magnifying-glass icon displayed beside link to FCC Equipment IDs FCC Equipment IDs fcc B4Z-34009-PIR ]

The rest of this page contains examples of input and output for most of these types of searches.

1. Area Code Map

Want to see a map of where a US telephone area code is used? Just enter the area code in Google’s search box.

Google search box with [ 650 ].  

Screen shot of link to area code map

Click on the link to view a map.

Screen shot of map where area code applies.

2. Package Tracking

Instead of going to the FedEx (www.fedex.com), UPS (www.ups.com), or US Postal Service (www.usps.com) sites to find out where your package is located, now you can enter parcel tracking IDs directly into Google’s search box.

Google search box with [ fedex 999444666222 ].  

Screen shot of link to FedEx tracking information

Click on the link to view tracking information for a parcel.

Screen shot of FedEx tracking information

Find the latest information about your UPS package by entering “ups” followed by the tracking ID into Google’s search box.

Google search box with [ 1Z9999W999999999 ].  

3. Flight Tracking Information

Look up information on a flight by typing the airline name or code followed by a space and a flight number.

Google search box with [ united 42 ].  

Screen shot of links to flight information

Click on the Travelocity link to view tracking information on the flight.

Screen shot of flight travel information

Click on the fboweb.com link to view how the actual flight is progressing.

4. Vehicle Information

Look up automobile vehicle information by entering a vehicle ID (VIN) number.

Google search box with [ JH4NA1157MT001832 ].  

Screen shot of link to vehicle information

Click on the link to view information on the specified vehicle.

Screen shot of a Carfax report on the car and its status

5. Patent Search

Look up a US patent by typing “patent” followed by a space and a patent number.

Google search box with [ patent 5122313 ].  

Screen shot of link to patent information database

Click on the link to view information on the patent.

Screen shot of a patent full-text database

6. FAA Airplane Registration Numbers

Find out about a particular airplane by entering its FAA airplane registration number into Google’s search box. An airplane’s FAA registration number is typically painted on its tail.

Google search box with [ n199ua ].  

Screen shot of link to FAA aircraft information

Click on the link to view information about the aircraft.

Screen shot of FAA information

7. UPC Codes

Find information about an item by entering its UPC code into Google’s search box.

Google search box with [ 036000250015 ].  

Screen shot of link to UPC information

Click on the link to view information about this item.

Screen shot of UPC information

8. FCC Equipment IDs

Find information about FCC equipment by typing “fcc” followed by a space and the equipment’s ID number.

Google search box with [ fcc B4Z-34009-PIR ].  

Screen shot of link to FCC information

Click on the link to view information about this equipment.

Screen shot of FCC information

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