Google is full of little gems.
We’ve found 9 things we bet you didn’t know you could do with Google Search and we’re guessing you will soon be wondering how you ever lived without them.
9 Google Search Hacks You Didn’t Know You Needed
1. Set a Timer
You know from our previous posts that keeping on task is the way to get things done! If you’re in a pinch and don’t have a fancy app to nag at you (like this one, or this one), a simple “Timer” typed into your google bar will do the trick! You can set the timer for as long as you like and even use it as a stopwatch for impromptu pushup competitions.
And yes, that’s a thing that actually happens around here.
2. Find Snacks
Hungry? We are too. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is or if we just ate, it’s inevitable that one of us in the office is hungry at any given moment. And since we’re located downtown Kelowna, we’re right next to a plethora of options – some of which we haven’t even discovered yet!
And while we always have our favourites, DunnEnzies Pizza springs to mind, we’re also always up for trying something new and Google helps us do that! Simply type in what type of food you’re craving and Google will let you know what’s near by.
3. Count Calories
I realize now that putting the “Counting Calories” feature directly under the “Finding Awesome Food Near By” feature is a bit cruel but hey, you don’t have to use it!
For those of you who are a little more in tune with your bodies and like to know exactly what’s going into them, Google has a built-in calorie counter. And while you may not be able to search something like “Big Mac” (unless you’re on the McDonald’s website) you can find everything from chicken to spinach to tofu, which is probably more up your alley if you’re looking up calories anyway.
The best part is you can calculate it by amount as well as see all the nutritional information. For example, did you know Broccoli contains 148% of your daily vitamin C? You do now.
4. Check the Score
Keeping up with your favourite sports teams has never been easier, thanks to Google! Simply search your top team’s name, in our case, the Toronto Raptors, and you’ll see stats for the most recent games as well as player rosters, news articles and what their upcoming schedule looks like.
PS: The Raptors won their last game if you didn’t manage to catch that. And we love the Raptors.
5. Calculate a Tip
Many of us here at Data Nerds worked in the service industry at one point in time, so we know the importance of leaving a good tip for awesome service! Google helps us do this by calculating the right tip for us and even splitting up the bill if we need it.
Simply input the total of your bill, select the tip amount you want to leave and it will calculate your new total. No more trying to add it up to get to an even $50 anymore and ending up with a scribbled mess!
6. Speak a Different Language
This tip is gold. Not only can you use this to make fun of your friends or coworkers in a foreign language, you can also use it for practical things like meeting clients from different countries or communicating the much-needed word for “bathroom” while travelling abroad.
There are over 50 different languages for the written version of Google Translate and 15 recognized spoken languages. You could even get someone to talk into your phone, translate it and find out what they said and do the same back to have a conversation in a different country. Genius Google, genius.
7. Find Out Where a Word Came From
Maybe this one is just for our fellow Nerds, but sometimes you just want to know how a word came to be! It could even settle and argument from time to time.
For this instance, we thought we would look up the word “Geometry”. It comes from the Greek word for “Earth” as well as the Greek word meaning to measure. Therefore giving us, “measuring the earth”. I bet you’re curious about other words now aren’t you? I dare you not to look up “Circumference”.
8. Convert Weird Units
If you’re like me, you’ve probably come across a recipe or two on the internet that calls for things you do not know how to measure. For example, the other day I was making some cupcakes and the recipe called for 500g of flour. I don’t have any sort of clue what 500g of flour looks like other than the scoops at the bulk food store are equal to about 100g. Not an accurate way of measuring things.
For example, the other day I was making some cupcakes and the recipe called for 500g of flour. Now, I don’t have any sort of clue what 500g of flour looks like other than the scoops at the bulk food store are equal to about 100g. Not an accurate way of measuring things.
Not an accurate way of measuring things. Especially when baking.
That’s where Google comes in with it’s handy-dandy unit converter. Simply type in the unit you have, choose a unit to change it to and you’re well on your way to making delicious cupcakes!
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Type “Arari Breakout” into Google Image search and play until your heart’s content!