The Great Google Tip Sheet…

This post and the attached Great Google Cheat Sheet will make you a Master Googler…

  • Download and install the Google toolbar. Not only does it put the Google search box into your browser full-time, but it also blocks pop-up ads and fills in forms for you. For Windows at http://toolbar.google.com.
  • Phrase your question in the form of an answer. “After all, you’re not looking for Web pages that ask your question,” explains director of technology Craig Silverstein. “You’re looking for pages that answer it.” So instead of typing, “What is the average rainfall in the Amazon basin?”, you might get better results by typing “The average rainfall in the Amazon basin is.”
  • 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.”
  • 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: home depot norwalk, ct and Google instantly produces the address and phone number of the Norwalk Home Depot. This works with names (robert jones las vegas, NV) as well as businesses.
  • 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=”). Click Search to see the answer.
  • Google is a units-of-measurement converter. Type “teaspoons in a gallon,” for example, or “centimeters in a foot.” Click Search to see the answer.
  • 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.
  • Google is an atlas. Type in an area code, like 212, to see a Mapquest map of the area.
  • Google is Wal-Mart’s computer. Type in a UPC bar code number, such as “036000250015,” to see the description of the product you’ve just “scanned in.”
  • Google is an aviation buff. Type in a flight number like “United 22” for a link to a map of that flight’s progress in the air. Or type in the tail number you see on an airplane for the full registration form for that plane.
  • Google is the Department of Motor Vehicles. Type in a VIN (vehicle identification number, which is etched onto a plate, usually on the door frame, of every car), like “JH4NA1157MT001832,” to find out the car’s year, make, and model.