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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

Search from over a hundred HOW TO articles, Tips and Tricks


Some lesser known Google tricks

Crowdsourced answers to questions on "Hidden features of  product/service X" on the StackOverflow family of sites, make for interesting reading. I picked a few tips & trivia I didn't know earlier, from a similar thread on Google Search -

1. The calculator feature in Google understands not just numbers but also words. This query would still return the correct answer -
(five plus seven) divided by six

2. Searching for "population germany" will display a chart as the first result -


(Note though that Wolfram Alpha can do more complex mathematical calculations & give more detailed answers for search terms like population germany. )

3. The results for define:camouflage are different from en:en camouflage. The latter returns a dictionary-style definition of camouflage

4. Searching for anagram gives an interesting "did you mean?" suggestion, and a query for ASCII Art also has an unexpected effect.


5. Another poster informs that inserting the letter 'l.' before 'google.com' in the URL of Google or any subdomain and get to the same site, e.g.:
video.l.google.com
mail.l.google.com

This way, you can still watch videos even if your filter blocks video.google.com

6. The Google Labs feature Experimental search makes Google keyboard-friendly.

Related:
Bing + Wolfram | Alpha = Cool
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