T his is an old one, but very important: Put quotes around phrases that must be searched together. If you put quotes around “electric curtains,” Google won’t waste your time finding one set of Web pages containing the word “electric” and another set containing the word “curtains.”

Similarly, put a hyphen right before any word you want screened out. If you’re looking up dolphins, for example, you’ll have to wade through a million Miami Dolphins pages unless you search for “dolphins – Miami.”

Google is a global White Pages and Yellow Pages. Search for “phonebook:home depot
norwalk , ct,” Google instantly produces the address and phone number of the Norwalk Home Depot. This works with names (“phonebook: robert jones las vegas , NV”) as well as businesses.

Don’t put any space after “phonebook.” And in all of the following examples, don’t type the quotes I’m showing you here.

Google is a package tracker. Type a FedEx or UPS package number (just the digits); when you click Search, Google offers a link to its tracking information.

Google is a calculator. Type in an equation (“32+2345*3- 234=”).

Google is a units-of-measuremen t converter. Type “teaspoons in a gallon,” for example, or “centimeters in a foot.”

Google is a stock ticker. Type in AAPL or MSFT, for example, to see a link to the current Apple or Microsoft stock price, graphs, financial news and so on.

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