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181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time

Back in 2009, we published 100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School. But in nearly three
years, Google has developed new products, discontinued a few, and offered new features, and more people
have found great ways to save time with Google. So weve gone and found even more great tips for saving
time with Google, and this time around, the list has made it all the way to 181 different tricks. Explore our
collection of tricks to find new, faster ways to search, read email, manage your time, and more.
Search Tricks

Google is so much more than a search engine. Its a reference book, calculator, even a weather forecaster.
Using these tricks, you can find helpful information quickly, plus get to the right links faster.


Feel lucky Access the page that Google thinks is the most relevant for your search with the Im
Feeling Lucky feature. Chances are, youll find a great resource without having to look any
Find public data Google offers stores of public data, right in search results. For population and
employment rates, just search for population or unemployment rate plus the state or county.
Find your web history Find websites youve visited and even search your own online history
with Googles Web History.
Search within a site Found a site thats full of great stuff? Narrow down your results within the
site by searching for (search query) site (domain).
Search for exact phrases Put quotation marks around any word to find an exact phrase more
Shorten your search phrases Chances are, you dont need to type a whole lot to find what youre
looking for. Try shortening your searches to just a few words.
Check the weather in a flash Need to know if rain is going to hold you up on the way to class?
Just type weather plus the city or zip code, and Google will pop up a forecast for you.








Be descriptive Instead of searching for celebrity sounds, which could be a variety of different
sounds, look for celebrity ringtones, which is much more specific.
Find the file type youre looking for Search for PDF, doc, even Power Point files by adding a
filetype pdf modifier to your search string.
Forget about cases Googles search isnt case sensitive, so search for new york times if youre
looking forThe New York Times.
Dont worry about punctuation, either Search doesnt pay attention to punctuation and special
characters, so dont bother using them.
Turn Google into a calculator Did you know that Google has a built-in calculator function? Just
enter a calculation into the search box, and youll get the answer!
Google is a dictionary and thesaurus, too Get definitions by entering define before your
search term, and discover synonyms by adding a tilde (~), as in, ~cats.
Quickly discover movies and movie showtimes To find movie reviews, showings, and theaters
before you head out with friends, just type movies plus your zip code for the best results.
Check the time around the world Chatting with your video penpal in Japan? Find out what time
it is by searching for time Japan.
Get rid of the stuff you dont want If you keep getting irrelevant results for a certain term, you
can exclude words just by placing a minus sign in front of them. So if you want to know about
wombats but not necessarily blind wombats, youd search for wombats -blind wombat.
Search with Goggles Use your mobile phones camera to search for an item instead of typing
Search by voice, too Search the web with speech by tapping the microphone button on your
Google search box.
Discover what you dont know Google can help you fill in the blank with a simple asterisk (*).
You can search for Isaac Newton discovered *, and Google will complete your sentence.
Check your spelling If youre not sure how to spell a word, just type your best guess into Google.
If youre wrong, Google will pop up with an alternative, asking, Did you mean (correct
Keep finding great sources If you like what you see on a particular website, and would like to
find more, just do a related search on Google. For example, related will direct
you to more news sites like CNN.
Discover people Thanks to Google Plus, Google offers people profiles for a surprising amount of
individuals. Get the quick low-down on your classmates, professors, and even important public
figures by simply Googling a persons name.
Check out patents If you need to research a patent for school (or your latest invention), just plug
in the number, plus the word patent into Google to get information about it.
Research health conditions, medications, and even save a life Type any common symptom or
disease into Google, and youll find an expert summary. Same thing for most generic and brand
name prescriptions. Search for poison control, suicide prevention, and flu, and youll be
directed to the appropriate phone number or even nearby locations that can help.
Find food, stores, and more fast Find local businesses, like restaurants, quickly just by entering
what youre looking for plus your zip code. For example, you can find pizza joints in the Beverly
Hills area by searching for pizza 90210.
Quit stalking the FedEx guy You can track packages from USPS, FedEx, and UPS just by typing
your tracking number directly into Google.
Convert units of measure Calculate temperature, weight, and more just by using Google Search.
Search by timeline With view timeline you can get a timeline for any topic youre researching.
Use Googles cache to get around blocked sites Just by using cache website address, you can
get around most blocked sites.
Take advantage of image search Find an image for your search with Googles Image Search.
Find results on a specific kind of site To find results only from authoritative sites like .edu, .gov,
or .org, add site edu to your search term.
Check the time Find out the local time just by entering what time is it into Google.
Search within a url Discover topics, years, and more within a url just by using inurl .
Refine your search with options Drill down to what youre really looking for with Show

35. Find a face Find only images with faces by using &imgtype=face in your search query.

Google Specifically for Education

With tools like Google Earth, Scholar, News, and iGoogle, there are lots of great ways to learn more and
save time with Google.
36. Google Scholar Use Google Scholar to get hooked up with scholarly literature, including results
from academic publishers, journals, and peer-reviewed papers.
37. Check out the sky Get a lesson in meteorology with Google Earths Sky feature.
38. Set up an iGoogle page Keep everything handy and easy to access with an iGoogle page full of
your most relevant news stories, calendar, and Google Reader blogs.
39. Google News Find news sources around the world in Googles incredible news resource.
40. Make your own search engine Using the Google Custom Search Engine, you can create a search
engine that specifically caters to your research needs.
41. Set up a study group in Google Groups Communicate and collaborate with classmates and more
in Google Groups, or better yet, start your own G+ Hangout.
42. Google Code University Learn more about computer science by checking out Creative
Commons-licensed content in this Google site.
43. Study the oceans In Google Earth, you can view not just the sky, but the ocean floors surface and
even 3D shipwrecks.
44. Check out Knol for expert input Explore Knol to find expert knowledge on a variety of different

Google Plus

A great new service for students to take advantage of, Google Plus has plenty of ways to get connected and
save time.
45. Create Hangouts to chat with study buddies Collaborate with group project members and study
groups by setting up a video chat Google+ Hangout.
46. Do a university search Find information within your university, thanks to Google Plus feature
that collects university affiliation.
47. Get a constantly updated research stream with Sparks Set up Sparks for a search engine that
automatically finds information about the stuff youre interested in.

Google Docs

Were big fans of Google Docs ability to streamline word processing, spreadsheets, and more. Here are
plenty of ways to take things to the next level and save time.
48. Set up repeated text If you frequently write the same phrase over and over again, set up
automatic substitution in your Google Docs preferences.
49. Store your documents in the cloud With Google Docs, its easy to keep your documents in the
cloud and access them wherever you are your dorm, mom and dads house, even the school
50. Save Gmail attachments to Docs Keep Gmail attachments organized in the cloud by saving them
to your Google Docs account.
51. Spell check in bulk Google Docs checks your spelling as you type, but if you prefer to do it all at
once, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-; to go to the next misspelling, and Ctrl-[ to back up.
52. Create your own templates If you have a document that youd like to use over and over again,
just make your own template in Google Docs.
53. Take advantage of templates Find templates for your resume, budget, chores, study schedule,
and more in Google Docs templates.
54. Open things up a bit Compact your Google Docs controls to get more writing real estate by
pressing Ctrl-Shift-F inside a document, reducing the menu bar size.
55. Set up simple forms, surveys, or polls Need a survey for a research project? Set one up in
Google Docs to gather info.
56. Collaborate and get alerted to changes Google Docs is great for collaboration with classmates,
and its also useful for setting up notifications to find out when theyve made changes.
57. But remember that you can turn off notifications Getting alerts is great, but one too many can
become distracting. Change your notification settings if its driving you nuts.
58. Translate documents with Google Docs If youve downloaded a foreign language journal article,
get it translated into another language with Google Docs.

59. Organize into collections Use Google Docs enough, and youll have quite a collection of
documents to go through. Put them into neat categories by setting up collections, and move
documents to the appropriate folder.
60. Add video to your presentation Give your Google Docs a multimedia boost by adding video.
61. Add a school year calendar Follow these instructions to create a simple school year calendar in
Google Docs.
62. Use spreadsheets to make graphs Enter data into a spreadsheet, and then use that data to create a
pie, bar, line, or scatter graph.
63. Open a new document lightning fast Use simple shortcuts to open up new documents quickly.
64. Save as you go Use the right click to save-as option, and you can quickly save a document in
Google Docs.
65. Send invitations in Google Docs Whether its for a party or a study group, you can send
invitations using Google Docs.


The ubiquitous Gmail has lots of great tricks and options that student time-savers can take advantage of.
66. Better Gmail Speed through your Gmail inbox by using this add-on that fixes some of the
problems that can slow you down in Gmail, like customizing your inbox count display, messages,
sidebar, and more.
67. Gmail Manager Get updated on multiple Gmail accounts at once with this add-on that lets you
check all of your Gmail accounts.
68. Turn on keyboard shortcuts Gmail offers keyboard shortcuts like letter navigation, single-stroke
actions, and more that can shave time off each action you do in Gmail.
69. Undo Send If you accidentally sent a message a bit too fast, undo your send, and go back to fix a
goof or add an attachment without having to send a brand new email.

70. Add gadgets to Gmail You can add Calendar and Docs to your Gmail sidebar, helping you get
quick access to your schedule and documents.
71. Use stars to note special messages Mark messages with stars and superstars to remember that
they are important.
72. Mute messages Use Google Smart Mute to turn off messages that youve been added to on CC.
73. Use advanced search operators Narrow down who youre finding emails from with from and
to , search by subject , has attachment, and more with advanced search operators.
74. Filter email with personalized email addresses Add a plus sign, periods, and other characters to
create variations of your email address, and filter your inbox based on these addresses.
75. Get connected faster with SMS in Chat Send a quick SMS text to your contacts through Gmails
Chat if you really need to get connected instantly.
76. Use Drafts as notes Keep handy notes in your Gmail Drafts folder by composing a new message
and saving it as a draft.
77. Organize with labels Get your email organized with labels to quickly scan your inbox for what
youre looking for, and move messages to them to clean up your inbox.
78. Identify which messages were sent just to you Find out if an email was directly addressed to you
by looking for personal level indicator arrows.
79. Set up reminder keywords If you know youll need to access an important email later, but might
not remember how to find it, forward it to yourself, adding a memorable keyword to the message
that you can search for later.
80. Send one-liners with (EOM) For messages where the subject is the entire message, Gmail will
usually pop up and ask you if you want to ask body text. Bypass this message by adding (EOM) to
the end of your subject.
81. Search your mail Instead of keeping your mail super organized, just use the Gmail search
82. Archive your messages Keep your inbox tidy, and old important emails still accessible by search
by archiving messages.
83. Sign out remotely Oops! Left Gmail on at the computer lab? Sign out remotely by clicking on
Details at the bottom of your Inbox.
84. Sort email accounts If you use Gmail to receive messages from both your personal account and
school account, separate them into Multiple Inboxes to keep everything clear.
85. Report spam vigilantly Rid your inbox, and the world, of spam by reporting emails as spam.
86. Keep important files handy in Gmail Always have quick access to key files by emailing them to
yourself in Gmail.
87. Turn emails into tasks Got an emailed assignment from your professor? Convert emails into
tasks, and even access them on your mobile phone.
88. Set up filters Control the flow of incoming mail by setting up filters that will automatically label,
archive, delete, forward, and more.
89. Preview attachments If youre not ready to download an attachment yet, just preview the
attached document to see what its all about.
90. Always remember to attach files Sign up for Labs to use the Forgotten Attachment Detector, and
get notified when you mention attachments in the body of your message, but dont actually have
anything attached.
91. Add multiple attachments at once Use Control, Shift, or Cmd to select more than one file to
attach to your message.
92. Use https Protect your Gmail with https, even when youre using Gmail in public places like a
coffee shop or the school library.
93. Add Calendar and Docs Make Calendar and Docs a part of your Gmail page by adding them as
94. Set up a waiting for response label Never lose emails that need following up by setting up a
label for messages that youre waiting on a response for.
95. Set up Canned Responses With Canned Responses, you can save email templates for common
replies that you use over and over.

Google Calendar

Using Google Calendar is the first step to saving time and staying on-task. Here are many more ways that
you can keep the productivity train rolling with Calendar.
96. Take advantage of hotkeys Navigate your keyboard by using hotkeys, like t to jump to todays
date, or q for a quick add.
97. Sync your calendar Make sure that your calendar is the same on Outlook, your iPhone and
Google Calendar on the web by using Google Calendar Sync.
98. Create mini calendars Set up multiple calendars with custom colors to manage different
calendars for different purposes, like homework vs. your social life.
99. Set up notifications Get a daily agenda mailed to you, as well as reminders and updates, so you
can manage your calendar right from your email.
100. Add your Remember the Milk tasks Use RTMs add-on to add your tasks to Google Calendar.
101. Add appointments quickly Be specific, adding the time and date when you type in new
appointments, and Google Calendar will automatically populate the fields you specify in its
appointment form.
102. Get texts from your calendar Set up access to Google Calendar on your mobile phone, and get
your days agenda by texting day to 48368.
103. Get Synced in iCal and Sunbird Sync your calendar with Apple iCal or Mozilla Sunbird.
104. Customize your reminders Choose which reminders work best for you email, SMS, or pop-up.
105. Set up weekly repeats Repeat events for M/W/F or T/Th classes and other events to block out the
time on your calendar each week.
106. Add events in Gmail Click add to calendar to add events to your Google Calendar right from
107. Invite others to an event Just add email addresses under Guests within any event to remind
others of an appointment.

Google Mobile

With these tricks, you can fit education in anywhere.

108. Sync your calendar Sync your Google Calendar, Gmail, and more to your phone so that you can
stay productive on the go.
109. Check email on the go Use Gmail for mobile to stay connected with your phone.
110. Read your blog subscriptions Access Google Reader on your phone to stay on top of your blog
111. Consolidate your phone numbers, even your cell phone With Google Voice, you can
consolidate your dorm, apartment, and cell phone numbers into one.
112. Find your friends Discover where your friends are hanging out with Google Latitudes.
113. Get answers from Google SMS Find a great place to eat, translate words, and more just by
texting Google (466453).
114. Check in with iGoogle Get a mobile-optimized version of iGoogle on your phone.
115. Access your Google Docs, too Read all of your Google Docs items on your phone.
116. Keep a to-do list with Google Tasks Google Tasks makes it easy to keep and access a to-do list
right on your phone.
117. Always know where you are With Google Maps, you can take advantage of GPS and more to be
sure that you never get lost.
118. Find out anything, anywhere Use Google Search on your mobile phone to find out information
wherever you are.
119. Read books on your phone Access Google Books on your phone to read on the go.
120. Post to Blogger Use your mobile phone to update any Blogger blog.

Google Chrome Tips and Extensions

With this awesome Google browser, you can maximize your time using tricks, extensions, and really cool
121. Snippy You can snip out web content and save it for later in Google Docs thanks to Snippy.
122. Set your startup pages If you rush to Gmail, Facebook, and specific research sites on startup,
change your settings to open them up automatically each time you start Chrome.
123. Stay Focusd Use this extension to help curb your Facebook addiction, blocking out websites that
you tend to waste time on.
124. Note Anywhere Use Note Anywhere to scribble notes anywhere online, even Wikipedia.
125. Web2PDFConverter PDFs are so prevalent in higher education, so keep this converter handy in
case you need to save and distribute a web page as a PDF.
126. Read Later Fast Save research links and check them out later with the Read Later Fast Chrome
127. RemindMe Stay on task with RemindMe, a great app for getting reminders, tasks, and more.
128. GradeGuru Citation Manager Organize your references and citation online using GradeGurus
Chrome extension.
129. Session Manager Save a certain group of tabs open only for specific tasks, and keep them all
handy and separate with the Session Manager extension for Google Chrome.
130. myHomework Using this Chrome extension, your can organize projects, classes, and homework
so that you remember all of your important assignments.
131. Session Boddy Keep your session safe, no matter where you access Google Chrome with Session
Buddy, an extension that saves your tabs to export and use later.

132. Put your favorite sites on your desktop Create a shortcut on your desktop to see an icon for your
favorite website.
133. Auto Copy Make copying text just a tiny bit faster with this extension that automatically copies
text to the clipboard when you select a block of it.
134. Cacoo With Cacoo, you can create diagrams collaboratively, right in your Google Chrome
135. Google Mail Checker Keep an eye on your Gmail without having to manually check in
throughout the day by using Google Mail Checker, an extension that will show your unread Gmail
messages on Chrome.
136. Split Screen This extension is especially helpful when youre researching over a variety of
different websites.
137. Use Chromes Omnibox as a calculator Just like you can use Google Search as a calculator, you
can do calculations in Chromes Omnibox.
138. Desmos Graphing Calculator Make Google Chromes calculator even better with this graphing
calculator extension.
139. Copy Without Formatting Copy plain text using this Chrome extension, and you can avoid
messing up your documents with pre-determined formatting.
140. DayHiker Check your schedule, tasks, and even set an alarm clock with this calendar extension
for Google Chrome.
141. Set up AutoFill If youre sick of typing your name, address, and phone number over and over
again, set up your AutoFill option to fill it in for you.
142. Brizzly If youre going to check Facebook and Twitter when youre supposed to be studying, at
least keep things simple. Use Brizzly, a reader extension that streamlines your browsing and
143. Create a favicon bookmark bar Set up links on your bookmarks bar, and delete their names so
that Chrome will simply display them by favicon, saving room and leaving more space for even
more links.
144. FastestChrome Supercharge your Chrome experience by installing FastestChrome, an extension
that adds Wikipedia articles to your browser, finds definitions instantly, and makes searching more
145. Sync your Chrome settings If you use Chrome on multiple computers, like the library, computer
lab, and your dorm, you can keep your settings by syncing them to your Google account.
146. TooManyTabs If youre prone to opening way too many tabs in Chrome, use this app to organize
them all into a manageable format.
147. Control multiple tabs with Pin Tab Using a Pin Tab, you can minimize tabs into a small icon.
148. Use Paste and Search and Paste and Go Use these features to save steps when searching and
149. Reopen closed tabs Whoops! Fix an accidentally closed tab by pressing Ctrl+Shift+T.
150. Keep things private Use incognito mode to operate without any history or cookies on your
151. Make use of the bookmarks manager Use Chromes built-in bookmarks manager to organize,
rearrange, find, and add folders for your bookmarks.
152. ChromePass Use ChromePass, and you can list all of your stored Chrome password information.
153. Chrome Mailer With ChromeMailer, you can get support for the mailto function on Google
154. Google Chrome Backup Back it up! Keep all of your bookmarks and personal data safe and
secure with this tool.

Google Books

Access school books online, do your research, and save a trip to the library with these tricks and more.
155. Save books as a PDF Take books that would normally be online-only and save them as a PDF so
that you can read them anytime, anywhere.
156. Find author and book information If you need quick info, like the author of a certain book, or
when it was published, do a Google Books search to find detailed into on authors and titles.
157. Read public domain books Search for classic books, then select Books in the left panel of your
search results to find free copies of public domain books.
158. Search the full text of books On Google Books, you can search the full text of thousands of
159. Make your own library Add books to your shared library on Google Books to keep them
organized for your classes or projects.
160. Find books at your own library Check out links on Google Books that allow you to check the
availability of titles in real life libraries.
161. Check out Advanced Book Search Take things to the next level with detailed book search
162. Find textbooks online Thanks to Google Books, you can even access selected textbooks online.
163. Find magazine content In Advanced Book Search, you can find information in magazines, too.
164. Check out the blog Find out the latest in the Google Books world with the Inside Google Books
165. Find supplements for your assigned texts Go to the next level, and find books in the subjects
youre studying in school.

Google Voice

Google Voice makes it easy to streamline your phone experience, and even eliminate a few pesky
166. Use Google Voice as your phone number Avoid pesky solicitor phone calls and use voicemail
transcription to take the time suck out of using your phone.
167. Put voicemails in a special label Set up a label for all emails that come from
168. Set up a do not disturb time Determine a time when you really need to get things done, set up
do not disturb on Google Voice, and all your calls will go to voicemail.
169. Block nuisance calls Kill productivity-busting sales calls by blocking them. Google Voice will set
up a disconnection message for callers that youve blocked.
170. Record calls If youre doing research interviews, this is a really handy time saver. Use Google
Voice to record calls, and you can go back to them later.

Handy Google Services and Apps

Here youll find even more ways to save time with Google, using services like Google SketchUp, Talk, and
171. Install a search box on your browser Using Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet
Explorer, you can add a search box for Google onto your browser.
172. Google Alerts Stay on top of news stories and research projects with Google Alerts, a service that
will send you emails with new search results for your terms.
173. Google SketchUp Draw 3D figures for free online using Googles SketchUp service.
174. Google Talk Chat with family, friends, classmates, and professors on your desktop and more with
this service.
175. Google Images With Googles Image search, you can find loads of high-quality images.
176. Google Translate Using Google Translate, you can get foreign words translated lightning fast.
177. Google Finance Use Google Finance to stay on top of markets, news, and more.
178. Google Toolbar With the Google Toolbar, you can get easy access to all sorts of Google tools
right in your browser.
179. Picasa Manage, edit, and share your photos online with this Google photo manager.
180. Google Fusion Tables With Googles Fusion Tables, you can share and discuss your data online.
181. Blogger Using Blogger, you can create a project blog, share your experiences, and keep up with
family and friends.
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