|From the Kenosha News on 7-23-06
Google searches, calculates, and defines
Most users have searched the internet using Google. However, Google does much more, and knowing some search tips can make your Google experience more efficient.
First, if you’re getting too many results or the wrong results, use the Advanced Search link to the right of the search words box. It allows you to be more specific in your search; for example, if you’re looking for info on the current Tour de France, searching for tourFrance will get you info on the race and ways to tour the country of France. Entering tour de France gives better results, but you also get info on the 2005 race, pages in French, etc. By using the advanced search, you can specify pages in English and/or pages edited in the last 3 months only.
You can do some advanced searching from the normal search page by knowing special characters and operators. For example:
See more about these operators at www.google.com/help/operators.html
You can search for images at images.google.com by typing in what you want a picture of (e.g. “poison ivy” or “ Kenosha harbor”) and clicking the Search Images button.
If you’re looking for items from other countries and cultures, you can use the specific Google search engine for countries such as France (google.fr), Germany (google.de), Italy (google.it), Japan (google.jp), Russia (google.ru), etc. This can be helpful to find foreign films, song lyrics, and other cultural items. You need to type your search terms and read the pages in the related language.
Google has a built-in calculator. Enter 9*342 in the search box, and it returns the product of 9 times 342. You can even convert units. Enter 4.3 kg in lbs to find out how much a 4.3 kilogram baby weighs in pounds.
While it might not make your searching more efficient, using the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button can be entertaining. Its stated purpose is to take you straight to the most relevant website that Google found for your query. However, sometimes the results are unexpected. For example, search for “failure” or “French military victories” and click the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button.
By Carol Sabbar from the Kenosha News on 7-23-06