Every once in awhile I like to post something in the category of “You Learn Something New Every Day.” Today, I picked up a couple of Google tips from my friend and fellow presenter Terry Dunst at Considerations for Starting a Law Practice. While speaking on free and almost free legal research tools, Terry mentioned Google Commands or Search Operators.
It turns out there a dozens of useful little commands that help you refine your Google searching or find specific information. Here are just a few.
define:word The define command searches for definitions of the word after the colon.
time:city The time command returns the current time in the city or location after the colon.
weather:city The weather command will return the current weather in the location.
My favorite is probably the site: command. Many times, I find a great site but I have to wander through the site looking for the information I need. The site command lets you do this. For example, if I want to search my Krause Practice Management site for references to Time Matters I can type the following into my Google search – site: time matters site:krausepm.com. This search returns 9 pages of hits from my site related to Time Matters. When I run the same search a few days from now, this blog post will show up in that search.
Other commands include currency:, measurement: and calculator:. I will let you try these on your own as they are pretty self explanatory.
After hearing Terry talk about some of these commands, I did a search of my own for Google commands. I found the Advanced Operators Page on GoogleGuide.com that lists all of the above commands plus many others.
Try some of these useful commands the next time you use Google.google