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 Selecting Search Terms

Use words likely to appear on the pages you want. Avoid using a question as a query. For example, the query, [ where do I apply for a passport in New Zealand ], instructs Google to find pages containing all the terms. Such a query won’t necessarily find pages answering your question. A better query […]

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This page was last modified on: Monday February 27, 2012

Special Searches

Looking for an easier way to find information on a specific topic or at a specific website?
Google provides the following specialized search engines:

Apple Macintosh - www.google.com/mac
Search for Mac & Apple things

BSD - www.google.com/bsd
Search for the BSD operating systems

Linux - www.google.com/linux
Search for the Linux operating system

Microsoft - www.google.com/microsoft
Search Microsoft-related pages

U.S. Government and state governments - www.google.com/unclesam
Search […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday March 13, 2007

Shortcut: Search by Number

“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:


Area Code Map
[ 212 ]

Package Tracking
[ 999444666222 ]

Flight Tracking Information
[ united 42 ]

Vehicle Information
[ JH4NA1157MT001832 ]

Patent Search
[ patent 5122313 ]

FAA Airplane Registration Numbers
[ n199ua ]

UPC […]

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This page was last modified on: Friday February 2, 2007

Shortcut: Travel Conditions

Google provides a shortcut for learning about delays and weather conditions at a US airport. Just enter the airport’s three-letter code followed by the word “airport” into Google’s search box.

Note: This feature may not work if you search from any of Google’s non-US sites, e.g., google.de, google.com.co, google.ca nor from a foreign-language site, e.g., Swahili […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday March 13, 2007

Shortcut: Definitions (Google Glossary)

When you include “define,” “what is,” or “what are” in your query in front of a word, phrase, or acronym, Google displays one Glossary definition above your search results. Google Glossary provides definitions for words, phrases, and acronyms that Google finds on web pages. The Glossary is good for finding definitions for terms that aren’t […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday March 13, 2007

Shortcut: Stock Quotes

Looking for Google’s stock symbol? It’s GOOG on Nasdaq. Click here for Google’s stock price or search for it on Google.


Note: Entering a ticker symbol in the search box and then clicking on I’m Feeling Lucky will not take you to that symbol’s financial information page. Instead, Google displays the first search results, whose link […]

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This page was last modified on: Sunday August 24, 2008

Shortcut: Street Maps

Want to find where something is or how to get there? Just enter an address into Google. You can also copy and paste addresses, even ones with embedded carriage returns, into Google’s search box. When Google recognizes your query as a location, the results page includes a map for that location.
Google Maps’ coverage of the […]

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This page was last modified on: Sunday August 31, 2008

Shortcut: Phone Numbers and Addresses

Google no longer supports personal telephone and address searches because of numerous user complaints.

Finding the phone number of a person who lives in the United States used to mean searching the white pages of the telephone directory. Printed residential phone books are getting scarce, but Google has an alternative: the Residential PhoneBook service. Just enter […]

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This page was last modified on: Sunday February 26, 2012

Shortcut: Calculator

Want to add up a list of numbers, convert from miles to kilometers, or evaluate some other mathematical expression? Instead of using a piece of paper, your calculator, or a computer math software program, you can now solve mathematical problems with Google’s built-in calculator function.
Simply enter the expression you’d like evaluated in Google’s web search […]

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This page was last modified on: Saturday January 5, 2008

Spelling Corrections and Suggestions

Not sure how to spell something? Don’t worry, try gessing or speling any way you can. In just the first few months on the job, Google engineer Noam Shazeer developed a spelling correction (suggestion) system based on what other users have entered. The system automatically checks whether you are using the most common spelling of […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday March 13, 2007

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