Google Tips and Tricks - Making the Most of Other Google Services
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A majority of Internet users spend a lot of time using Google. Whether you consider yourself a pro at looking up directions, finding images of obscure items, or quickly finding a news story from years ago, chances are you could truly benefit from new tips and tricks that will make your search skills more effective and your overall Google capabilities more impressive. Keep these things in mind the next time you're using Google for any of its many uses:
Create your Own Maps
If you know all of the gems in a specific area and want to share the information with friends, or if you'd like to remember new discoveries in an unfamiliar area, Google Maps enables users to create their own maps by adding lines, notes, visual markers, pictures, and videos to a Google Map. You can keep these maps private, make them public, or even collaborate on maps with friends.
Find out the Weather Anywhere with Google Earth
Whether you're traveling to another state tomorrow and need to know the forecast or you simply want to know what the weather's like in Paris today, the "Weather" folder located in the Google Earth layer menu enables users to look up the weather just about anywhere.
Sometimes visiting the websites for UPS, USPS, or FedEx can be frustrating, because tracking information is slow to update and the websites can be difficult to navigate. The next time you want to know where your package is, just enter the tracking number into Google's search box. Whether it's FedEx, UPS, DHL, or USPS, Google will provide the most up-to-date tracking information.
Find the Status of a Flight
Calling an airline for the status of a flight can send you on a seemingly never-ending series of connections to departments and people, not to mention being put on hold for 10 minutes. The next time you want to know the status of your sweetie's flight, simply Google the name of the airline followed by the flight number. For example, to figure out the status of United Airlines flight 125, Google "United 125." This can be done with any U.S. flight.
Any Word Defined
If you're doing some complicated reading online and need some words to be defined, don't visit one of those slow online dictionaries that are riddled with pop-ups and annoying ads. Simply Google "define: ___." For example, if you didn't know what egregious meant, you would Google "define: egregious" and Google would take you to a page that has culled the definition of the word from the most reliable sources, like Webster's dictionary and Princeton University. Not too shabby.
Hopefully these tips and tricks will assist you in better navigating and taking advantage of Google's multitude of services. It should be pointed out, however, that this is just the very tip of the iceberg. There are literally hundreds of "cheats" that can be used for any of Google's services.
Some Google tricks are simply fun or cool to know, while others can truly help you become more productive and assist in time management. After all, there's no reason why you shouldn't take advantage of these free services as much as possible.
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