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The Google Search Bar is Magic

10 April 2009

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From the “Stuff You Already Know About” Department comes my run down on the best, and most awesome Google Search Features, as voted on by Me.

I’m not lying when I say that I use at least one Google Search Feature every single day of my life. I’ll also admit that a large portion of the time it’s at my job. (My real-life non-internet job). This list is by no means an accurate representation of all of the wonderful things that Google Search does besides actual Search, but these are the ones that I find most helpful, most often.

1. Define

You can actually use this feature in two ways either by typing “Define WORD” or “Define: WORD”, I usually use the latter as it provides definitions from various sources. I know it’s going to make me sound less intelligent to say this, but this is the feature I use most often.

Since it’s automatically tied directly into the Spell Checker feature, I’ll include that as one of the most often used tools, too. Everyone is familiar with the Did You Mean:, but it’s extra helpful when you’re trying to define something that you’ve misspelled.

That really does make me sound like a Winner.  OK .. moving on..

2. Time Zone

Prague Town Hall Clock by Kainet

Completely invaluable for my job. I know all North American and most European time zones by heart, but if someone were to ask me what time it was in Kuala Lumpur I’d be stumped and immediately Google “Time in Kuala Lumpur” and ta-da it tells you. No fuss, No muss. Also very convenient for settling Time Zone Arguments – trust me, these exist.

3. Currency and Unit Conversion

Probably not something you should base your portfolio on, or anything, it’s quicker than going to XE.com even.


Also very useful for settling currency related arguments (which also tend to happen to me fairly often, Madbard).

As demonstrated in my 2006 Cooking with Chantelle featurette, the Unit Conversion can be quite helpful too. Like, when you’re trying to eat Local and don’t know if you should stick to 100 miles or 160 km.

So that’s my roundup of the Search Features that I use most often, a few others you might be surprised to hear about are Real Estate & Housing, Fill In The Blank and Package Tracking.
See all of the Search Bar Magic Features here.

Which is your favorite?