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For many searches, Google will do the work for you and show an answer to your question at the top of your search results

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Below are 10 things you can quickly get answered when searching on Google (click on any of the underlined items to try it out):



Want to quickly know the weather forecast where you are? Simply search the word weather to see the weather in your location. Add a city name, like weather seattle, to find weather for a certain place elsewhere in the world.


word definitions

Need to know what a word means? Put the word define in front of any word to see its definition. You can also type in a large number and have Google spell it out in plain-English words. Ex. if you search 39531=english you will get thirty-nine thousand five hundred thirty-one.



Type a math equation and let Google answer it for you. For adding and subtracting simply use the “+” and “-” keys. For multiplying use an asterisk (“*”) and for dividing use a slash (“\”). For example, 212/2+14.


unit conversions

Want to quickly convert between units? Google has you covered. Enter a conversation like 3 dollars in euros or 80 fahrenheit in celsius and instantly get your answer.



Want to keep up-to-date with your favourite team? Simply type the team into Google to see the score in their current game and/or upcoming schedule.


store hours

Is the grocery store open yet?  Type the business name and city into Google and you can find out the store’s operating hours as well as lots of information such as address, phone number, website, and more!



Want to know when Family Day is this year? Perhaps you want to know when it is World Teacher’s Day? Simply type the holiday into Google and you’ll get the precise date.  



Want to know how to say hello in Japanese? Just type the word or phrase, then the word translate, then the language you want it translated into. For example, hello translate to Japanese. Google also has an audio button so you can hear how to correctly pronounce the word and/or phrase.


time zone

Need to know what time it is right now in Paris before calling someone there? Simply type in the city and the word time and voila! For example, Paris time.


flight status

Picking someone up at the airport and want to know if their flight is on time? Simply enter the airline and flight number into Google and get a real time update!


bonus tip!

Some fun Google tricks (note: most work best on a computer):

  • Search do a barrel roll, and hold onto your desk for dear life (only works on a computer).

  • Search askew, and you’ll have to tilt your head to read your results.

  • Search Google in 1998, and be whisked away back in time to what search results looked like pre-2000 (again, works best on a computer).

  • Search pacman to spend a few minutes playing one of the most iconic video games of all time.

  • Search solitaire or tic-tac-toe for some more traditional games.

  • Search bubble level (only works on a smartphone) and you can use your phone as a level to make sure the picture you’re hanging is perfectly straight.

  • Need to choose something at random? Simply search flip a coin, roll a dice, or spinner.

Whether it's checking in on a flight, seeing if your local grocery store is still open, or looking up the definition of a word... Google has you covered.

Learn More

Below are some additional articles and resources if you want to learn more about what you can do using Google Search:

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