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9 Google Search Hacks You’re Going To Wish You New Sooner

Google is full of little gems.

You’ve already seen us uncover the best hacks of both Google Calendar,  Gmail, and Chrome Extensions, now we’re moving right along to Google Search!

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

Google Search Hacks - Timer

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.


Google Search Hacks - Snacks

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.

Google Search Hacks - Calories

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.

Google Search Hacks - Score

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.

Google Search Hacks - Tips

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!

Google Search Hacks - Translate

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.

Google Search Hacks - Words

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”.

Google Search Hacks - Units

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!

Google Search Hacks - Atari

9.Play Atari

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Type “Arari Breakout” into Google Image search and play until your heart’s content!

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Shaylee Field

Shaylee is the social media manager for Data Nerds. In her spare time she likes to hang out with her cats, work on her Beauty Blog and be a giant nerd.

18 comments on “9 Google Search Hacks You’re Going To Wish You New Sooner

  1. There’s just so many uses for google and I’m loving it. Some of these, I have been using for a long time now, while the others, like the atari, I am not aware of! Thanks for all the hacks! So cool.

  2. I don’t even know half of what you have here. Interesting! Ever since my net crashed and all I had to do was to let a cute dino jump over trees and stuff, I’ve always known that Google was several steps above everything else when it comes to features.

  3. I knew about a lot of these. It’s great the way Google works. It’s the only search engine I use. I love to use the calculator as well as the measuring converter. I use them often.

  4. I am so excited to try out Atari’s Breakout LOL! I also love the timer ability. I try to time block and this will help me a lot!

  5. I gotta check out some of these gems. I’m an apple user, but my husband loves the google calendar. And I love extensions that are helpful in blogging.

  6. I knew about a few of these but there are so many that I never had heard of! I love that you can get the etymology of a word easily through Google.

  7. I love Google! I sometimes I wish I didn’t rely on it some much but I love it lol I use it for translation (English to French and vice versa). I also use it for the currency converter because I buy online from China and other non-Canadian/USA sites.

  8. Hi Shaylee,

    From those hacks, I only knew the translation and etymology ones. Thank you for pointing out all the rest! It’s funny that you can even play atari! Google is a pretty interesting search engine!


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