Did you know you can use Google as a timer or stopwatch? What about a calculator?
There are a lot of shortcuts and tricks you can use with Google. Some minor changes to how you search on Google can help you with your productivity and get more done with less effort.
Are you having trouble finding something, but you know the website you saw it on? There’s a simple trick for searching on a specific site. Want to find trending discussions on a particular topic? Adding a hashtag to your query can provide that. Looking for a social media post that you saw but can’t remember the full details?
Here are five ways to use Google to make your life easier:
1. Use double quotes when searching on Google.
By using double quotes ( for example: “productivity tips”), you can get better and more specific results when you search on Google.
2. Search “tip calculator.”
When you search for “tip calculator” in Google, you will get a calculator to help you find out how much you should tip.
3. Select your ad settings.
If you go to Google Ad Settings , you can choose what types of ads you want to see.
4. Evade boredom.
If you type in “fun facts” into Google, Google will entertain you with some cool facts that you may not know.
5. Research what others are asking about.
If you use Google Trends , you can explore what terms the world is searching and what searches are trending today.
Hungry for more tips, tricks and shortcuts for using Google better? Check out the infographic by AllTechShare.com to see how you can improve your productivity using Google.
Matthew Royse is the regional marketing director for Freudenberg IT, a global IT solutions provider. A version of this article originally appeared on his Knowledge Enthusiast blog .