Google is one of the most important parts of everyone in these days. At least we Google 2-3 times in a day to find any solutions to a problem or to learn something new stuff. StatisticBrain shows that nearly 5,740,000,000 Google searches were made in 2014 per day. And this is 2016, we all know that How Technology is developing each and every day. Nowadays, Most people tend to find solutions of a problem in Google rather than offline.

And yet majority of those people are being failed to find their result. Do you know why?

Because they are using Google in the very basic way which they were using previous year or so. If they keep searching in that way, it’s very hard to find their desired result.

The only solution to this problem is searching effectively in Google.

But,

How to search on Google effectively?

There are lots of hidden tricks in Google which most people don’t know. These tricks will make you easier to use Google in the effective way.

I have already shared some useful tips and tricks of Google chrome. And In this post, i’m going to share 100+ hidden search tips and tricks of Google, which i’m pretty sure that you may not have seen anywhere on the web.

Excited?

Well Yes. You should be.

Let’s get started.

110 Google search tricks which you may not know

Image credit: Google Doodles

110 Google secret Tricks which you may not know about

 #1 Use Google as a Timer or Stopwatch:

Have You ever thought to use Google as your Timer? Yes, you heard right. You can use Google as a Timer or Stop Watch just like you use in a Watch or Mobile. Just set a time duration and it will alert you after completing the time duration.

Using Google as a Timer

 

#2 Sunrise and Sunset:

If you want know the timings of Sunrise and Sunset of any locations, you can easily find it using a simple Google search. Just Google Sunrise in Location name or Sunset in Location name and Google will show you a quick result.

 

Finding Sunrise time in Google search

Finding Sunset in Google search

#3 Forecast:

There are many popular websites to know the weather forecast details. But if you want to know the forecast details quickly, Google search can do it for you. You can find the weather of any city quickly by just Googling Forecast in “location name”

Finding forecast in Google

#4 Use Double Quotes to find exact match results

Using quotes in the search query will give you the exact match and better results. Let’s give you a example for you.

Example 1: Searching a query without double quotes.

Seaching without quotes in Google

As you can see the above result, without using quotes Google gives you only 50% exact match results based on your search query.

Example 2: Seaching a query with double quotes

Searching by using quotes in Google

As you can see, using quotes in Google search gives you the almost 100% exact match result based on the query.

#5 Do a barrel roll:

Just type Do a barrel roll in Google search and see how your screen rotates. There are lot more funny things to search on Google. Just continue reading to find out more.

#6 Finding Specific Result from a Website:

If you want to get a search result from a specific website in Google, here’s how to do it.

Just type “Your keyword” “Site:WebsiteURL.com” .

Here is an example for you,

finding specific result from Google search

You can see, Google has given the result from only website because of using that search string.

#7 Search keywords in Title

If you want to get a specific result with keyword in Title, then use intitle: Your keyword to get the desired result. Here is an example for you.

Here I’m searching for Best Android Apps intitle:2015 and you can see every results has 2015 in their title.

Finding keyword in the title of Google search

If you are a blogger, then i’m sure these search strings will definitely help you in many ways. You can find new topics, guest posting sites and much more.

#8 Google NewsPapers

Google has a collection of NewsPapers where you find NewsPapers from 1798 to 2009. Unfortunately Google has stopped updating it’s NewsPapers collections from past few years. But still you can read those old newspapers which can be helpful.

#9 Know Flight Status

You can get the flight status quickly by entering the name of the Flight in Google.

Trick to find Flight status in Google

#10 View Google in different angle

Another funny Google search. Just type Askew or Tilt to view Google in different angle. And use Unaskew or Untilt to revert back the screen in normal mode.

#11 Google Pacman

Search Google Pacman to play this funny game.

Google Pacman

 

#12 Convert Areas:

You can quickly convert any measurements or areas in Google search by just entering the direct queries.

For example, If you search for 14 Meters to Inches it will show you the results like this.

Calculate areas in Google search

 

You can convert up to 12 types of measurements in Google search quickly. Just select the type of measurements you want to measure and it will show you the quick result.

#13 Compare Foods

Easily compare Foods in Google search to know their differences. Just type

Food 1 vs Food 2 

and the results will be shown like this

Food comparison in Google search

#14 Know the Company owner

To know the owner or founder of any companies, just search Founder of company name or Owner of company name to know the result quickly.

Owner of companies in Google

#15 Zerg Rush

Just type Zerg Rush in Google to play another funny game. You can also share the score of this game.

Zerg Rush

#16 Convert Currencies

This is one of the coolest Google search trick i have ever seen. Using Google search, you can quickly convert the currencies in Google search without visiting any further website. Just enter the amount and type of currency you want to convert. For example, 14 USD to INR and it will you the quick result like this

Currency converter in Google

You can covert almost any type of currency in Google search directly. You just need to select the type of currency from the list.

#17 Tip Calculator

Calculate how much tip you have to give your waiter.

Tip calculator

#18 Find Books

Search books written by your favorite authors. Just enter Books written by Author name and you will find the appropriate results. Here is an example for you,

Here i’m searching for “Books written by “APJ Abdul kalam” and you can see the result below.

Find books in Google

Just replace “APJ Abdul Kalam” by your favorite author’s name to find the result.

#19 Google image reverse search

Google image reverse search can help you to find the details of any photos. Here’s how to do it.

Go to Google images and click on the “Camera icon”

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And you will get 2 options there i.e

1. Paste image URL    2. Upload an Image

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If you have the URL of that particular image, paste it to find its details or else upload the image.

#20 OK Google

You may have noticed in Google search that there is a symbol of Mic in the search box. It is used for voice search. Just click on the Mic symbol and speak whatever you want. The result will show you based on your words which you have spoken.

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#21 Define

There are many authority websites like Reference.com and Thesaurus to find the meanings of a word. But if you want to know the meaning of any words quickly, then search

Define+ your query.

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Here are few extra search strings to find the meaning of a word in Google.

Query+ meaning

Query + Synonym

Query + definition

#22 Search 2 queries in 1 tab

Another useful trick to save your valuable time. You can search 2 queries in a single tab using OR operator.

Just search Query 1 OR Query 2 and you will get the results of both queries.

For example, Samsung OR Apple.
2 queries in a single tab

As you can see, Here i have searched for Samsung OR Apple and i have got the results for both terms in a single page.

#23 Compare distance

Quickly compare the distance between two destinations and get its ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) with different type of transportation. Search for Distance between Destination 1 to Destination 2.

Distance comparison in Google

#24 Find Restaurants

Find restaurants near you. Search for Restaurants near me and Google will you a list of nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near me

#25 Travel time

Using Google, you can also find the estimated travel time between two destinations. just Search for Travel time between Destination 1 and Destination 2

#26 Find IP Address

Quickly find your IP Address by searching the direct query.

IP Address in Google

#27 AND Operator

If you want to find both query from a single website (single result), then you can use AND operator to find it. Just search for Keyword 1 AND Keyword 2 and it will show you both result from a single result.

Here is an example, I have searched for Apple and iPhone 6. And you can see the result below.

Using AND Operator in Google

Each and every result has both terms i.e Apple and iPhone 6 in their search result.

#28 Using Google.com find better results

Many of you may know that if we search for Google.com in the address bar of the browser, it will redirect to the country based Google homepage like Google.co.in or Google.co.uk instead of Google.com. These country based Google homepage will give you the results based on your country. But if you use Google.com, it will give you global results.

For example,

If you search for “Samsung Galaxy S7 amazon” in Google.co.in or Google.co.uk, then Google will show you the results like amazon.co.uk

But if you search for that term in Google.com, you will get the results from Amazon.com.

How to use Google.com instead of country based Google homepage?

Just type Google.com/ncr in the address bar of your browser. It will redirect to Google.com and now you can get better results from Google.

If Google.com/ncr is not working, then go to Google and click on the bottom of the page to use Google.com 

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Google.com doesn’t only gives you results for shopping website, it’ll give you better result for any type of website.

#29 Use StartPage to browse anonymously

Did you ever heard about StartPage? If not, let me tell you.

StartPage is a private search engine which doesn’t save IP address of the users. The search results of StartPage is being shared by Google, but StartPage doesn’t shares any user information to Google servers. StartPage is owned by Surfboard Holdings B.V.

#30 Customize Google search settings

You can customize your search settings based on your requirement. Just go to Google search settings and make changes as per your choice. Using Google search settings,

  • You can set how much results you want per page.
  • Using private results or not.
  • Results to open in the same tab or new tab.

and much more..

#31 File Type Search

If you want to get a search result of a specific file type in Google, then search for FileType: FileType Extension + Query.

Remember that you need to enter File Type first and then Query. If you don’t know the extension of your desired file type, then here is a list of file types and it’s extensions.

Here is an example for you, I’m searching for filetype:ppt air pollution

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And you can see, Google has given results of only one file type i.e PPT. You can also do this by entering the proper search query.

Here is an awesome video by Expert Village which explains in detail How to do filetype search in Google.

#32 Get Results from a specific duration

Using Google search tools, you can get your search result from a specific period. Just click on Search tools and select your duration. And it will give you the results based on your selected period.

Using Google search tools

 

#33 Convert number into words

You can easily convert large numbers into words in Google. But it can convert up to only 13 digits.

Convert number into words in Google

#34 Use Calculator in Google

Just Search for Calculator in Google and do mathematical calculations.

Calculator in Google

#35 Convert international timings

You can convert the international timings in Google by using proper location codes.

Convert international timings in Google

#36 Translate Quickly

Google translate is the best place to do translations. But if you want to translate few words, Google search can do it for you. Just type “translate your query to desired language”. An example is shown below.

Translation in Google search

Google search can translate only limited set of words. If you want to translate larger sentences, then i would recommend you to use Google translate instead Google search.

#37 Find Related websites

Finding related websites can be useful in multiple purpose. But it is not an easy task. Now Google have made easier for us find the related websites.

For example, if you want to find related websites like Facebook then just search for

Related:Facebook.com

Find Related websites

#38 Find International Timing

Want to know the timings of any country? Just search for Time in country name.

Find international time of any country

 

#39 Flip a coin

Here are few more funny tricks in Google. Search for Flip a coin and click on i’m feeling lucky to flip a coin.

#40 Google Gravity

Search for Google Gravity and click on i’m feeling lucky and after that all the objects on that page will start falling down due to gravity and you can play with every pieces by dragging them.

#41 Play Atari Breakout

Most of us know Atari Breakout is very old and popular game and you can play it in Google images by searching Atari Breakout. But first wait for the page to load it completely.

Atari Breakout in Google search

 

#42 Remove words by minus(-)

Use minus(-) before the search query to exclude it from your search result. Those words will not appear in your search results. For example, Android -phones

Using minus in Google search

As you can see, there is no phone term in this page because i have used minus(-) before the phone.

 

#43 Use an Asterisk

If you are not sure about any word in the query, use an Asterisk in Google search and Google will understand your query. It will give you the best suitable results to complete your query. Example: * is pure as water or  * is soft as cotton.

 

#44 Use Google history

If you want to know what you have searched previously, Google history has a record of your search queries. You can easily find your previous queries there. This includes both app and web search record.

#45 Sort pricing of products in Google search

If you want to find a product between an amount to Y amount, you can find it by using this command “Product name amount 1..amount 2”. 

For example, Here i’m searching for Samsung mobiles 10000..20000 INR

Product sort out in Google

And you can see Google will give you the product suggestions based on your amount.

#46 Use Google image search tools:

Using Google image search tools, you can filter Color, Size, Type and Usage rights of the image which you are looking for.

Google search image tools

Remember that Google images is not completely free for re-use. If you are a blogger, then you must follow few rules to use Google images. Here is an awesome post by ShoutMeLoud where you can free images which can be used for blog posts.

Recommended:

 How to find free royalty images for your WordPress blog.

20 Sites With Free Images for Your Blog or Social Media

 #47 Google Advance Search

Use Google advance search to filter your queries and get more accurate results.

#48 Google Advance Image Search

This is same as Google advance search. You can filter your queries in Google advance image search to get more accurate and better results for images.

Watch this video learn more about Google advance image search.

Video by TechDivaMedia

#49 Find Holidays

Quickly find the details of holidays by searching “Festival name and Year”

Finding holidays in Google

#50 Find tourist locations

If you have went to a new place as a tourist or guest, just Google “Location name attractions” to find all the attractive places of that location.

Finding attractive places in Google

#51 EGLOOG

Search for Elgoog  and click on i’m feeling lucky. After that learn anything from that website (i’m sure you may have never seen that website ever before)

Elgoog in Google

#52 Google Doodles

If you don’t know what is Google Doodles, here is a short introduction about it.

Google Doodles is a special and temporary alterations to Google’s logo in their homepage. Google changes their homepage logo in special events in the memory of a person, successful events or in the celebration of a festival”

Go to Google.com and click on i’m feeling lucky to browse all the collection of Google Doodles.

 

#53 Find customer service number

To know any customer care service number, Google Company name Service number and you will get the result in the quick answer box.

Customer care service number in Google

#54 Find Apps

If you are searching to download any apps, just head over to Apps tab in Google search.

You can find apps from various app market such as GooglePlay, iTunes, Download.com and much more.

Apps in Google search

#55 Google in 1998

Want to know How Google was looking when it was launched at the beginning stage in 1998? Search for “Google in 1998” to take a look at it.

#56 Purchase history

Want to know what you have purchased online recently? Google My Purchases or My Orders to quickly take a look at the purchase history.

my purchase history in Google

 

#57 Check the spelling

Even if you spelled wrong any word by mistake, Google will recommend you to the correct spelling of the word. Here is example,

Check spelling in Google

As you can see, even after typing the WRONG word Google is showing results by Auto-correcting the word.

#58 View the cache

If any website isn’t opening (or responding) from Google search, click on the “cache” button in that result to get the cache copy of the page.

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That method is for those website which isn’t responding (or opening) from Google. If any website isn’t opening directly from your browser, then just type Cache: Paste URL 

And you Google will show you the most recent cache of that page. Cool isn’t?

#59 Quick Stats

Google has lots of information about small, medium or large organizations (even countries). If you want to know about what is the population in USA then search population in USA. You can quickly get the stats by ignoring what is or How much like this.

Quick stats in Google

#60 Etymology

Are you wondering where a WORD came from and how it was created?

Want to know the history of that particular word? then search for “Etlymology Word” to know the details of the word.

Etlymology in Google

#61 Google Gothic

Search for Google Gothic and click on i’m feeling lucky to create Google in your own name.

Google Gothic in Google

#62 Blink HTML

Google Blink HTML and see how the HTML blink in the page.

#63 LMGTFY

If you have any lazy friend who is lazy enough to search any query in Google, then go to LMGTFY (Let me Google that for you) website and type your queries. After entering the query, click on Google search. Now copy the below URL and send it to your lazy friend. LMGTFY will automatically do the query after clicking the given URL. This is a kind of funny stuff, but i love it. ( i think you’ll too)

#64 Google Sphere

Search for Google Sphere and click on i’m feeling lucky. Now every piece object on that page will start rolling everywhere.

#65 Epic Google

Now view Google in a bigger font than ever before. Search for Epic Google and click on i’m feeling lucky to experience this feature.

#66 Google News

If you are searching a query related to any news, then just head over to News tab in Google to get better results.

Google News Tab

 

#67 Local Flight details

Google Flight Location 1 to Location 2 to quickly know the local flight details.

Local flight details in Google

 

#68 Remove unwanted site

If you want to remove any unwanted site from your Google search result, use -Site:website.com and you won’t see that website in the search.

For example, android -site:wikipedia.org

Remove unwanted site from Google search result

As you can see, there is no Wikipedia results on this page. You can do the same by replacing the site.

#69 Get results from selected TLD (Top Level Domain)

TLD (Top Level Domain) means a domain extension which comes after the domain name i.e .com, .net .in, .co etc. If you want to get search results from any specific TLD, then Google “Query site:TLD”. 

Here is an example, Programming site:edu

Specific TLD result in Google

After mentioning “site:edu”, Google hasn’t displayed any result from any other TLD.

#70 Follow Stocks

Want to know stock details of your favorite company or organization? Just Google “Stock:Company Code”. If you don’t know the company code of the company, then read this post to know company code.

Find stocks in Google

#71 Convert Temperatures

Just like measurements, You can also convert temperatures in Google by searching direct queries. Here is an example,

Convert temperatures in Google

 

#72 Remind me

Google Remind me and set your schedule to let Google to remind you for an event or any other schedule. Google will remind you in Google now Android app,iPhone or in PC.

Recommended: Learn How to Set Reminders in Google Now.

#73 Track orders

Track your order purchases by entering the order ID in Google. There is no guarantee that it’ll work every time. Sometimes it may work, sometimes it may not.

#74 Find Socail Tags

Searching for any social profile or tag? Use @ before the name or tag find it quickly.

Finding Social tags and profiles in Google

 

#75 Use Hashtags

Use Hashtags to find trending or hot topics.

Using Hashtags in Google

#76 Find download links quickly

If you want to find the links to download any file quickly, there are some search string which can help you. Here is one example

-inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:”index of” filetype

Now replace index of to your search query and “filetype” to the desired file type which you want. This trick works to find most types of files.

For example, if you search for

-inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:”WhatsApp” apk

You will get the search results which may have direct links to download the file. By using this trick, you can save your tons of time.

#77 Play while you are offline

Sometimes, you may lose your internet connection because of connectivity issues. In this situation, Google chrome has a hidden game which can be played in offline.

Hidden Game in Google chrome

 

#78 Byepass Blocked sites

You can use Google as a proxy server to access blocked websites. Well there are 3 methods to access blocked sites using Proxy of Google. If you want to know all the 3 methods, then read this Labnol’s guide on Google proxy server. But here i’m sharing only one easy to access blocked sites i.e using Google translator

Use the below URL and replace http://example.com with your desired URL to access the site.

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://example.com/

#79 inURL

Use inurl: to find the keywords or phrases in the URL of the search results.

inURL

#80 Don’t worry about cases

While searching for any query in Google, no need to worry about cases. Android Tips will give same result as android tips.

#81 Search using Google Goggles

Did you ever heard about Google Goggles? Well some peoples may already know about it and some people may not. Google Goggles is an Android app which lets you to search by taking pictures from the phone’s camera. After capturing the image, it does a search based on the photo and looks for the match. Now Google Googles will give you the best results according to the captured image.

Google Goggles
Developer: Google Inc.
Price: Free

 

#82 Blog Search

Previously Google had a feature called “Blog search” in their search results to display only blogs in the results page. But on May 2011, Google had disconnected this feature. Fortunately still you can find blog search in Google news tab.  Go to News tab in Google tab, click on “search tools” and select “all news” tab to search for blogs.

Google blog search in News

#83 Find out what day is it in N days

It’s kind funny, but useful.

If you want to know what is the day the after N days, then Google

“what day is it in N days”(Without quotes).

Here is an example

Find out what day is it in N days

You can calculate up to 9999 days to find “What days is it in N days” in Google.

#84 Fun Facts

Do you want to know some fun facts? If yes, Google can entertain you with random fun facts without leaving Google homepage. if you search for “Fun facts” or “i’m feeling curious”.

Fun facts in Google search

I’m sure you may get tons of funny facts in Google to refresh your mood.

#85 Convert Data

Convert data easily using Google search.

Convert Data in Google search

#86 Find my phone

Google has launched Android device manager to find lost android devices. But now Google search can also this. Just search for “Find my phone” to locate your Android device remotely. But you need to login your Gmail account to locate it.

Find my phone in Google

#87 Google Space

Search for “Google space” and click on “i’m feeling lucky” or click on the first result of the page to view Google in a space view.

Google space view

#88 Location time history

Use Google’s location time history to find the details where you have been at a specific time.

#89 Should i download or not?

We browse many websites each and every day. But have you ever thought to scan any website status? Did you ever checked that browsing or downloading files from a specific website is safe or not? If you haven’t done this, then you should start checking it from now. Because there are many viruses and spywares that can steal your personal data. You can check the status of any website from Google’s Safe Browsing Site Status tool.

#90 See this special shape 

Search for

exp(-((x-4)^2+(y-4)^2)^2/1000) + exp(-((x +4)^2+(y+4)^2)^2/1000) + 0.1exp(-((x +4)^2+(y+4)^2)^2)+0.1exp(-((x -4)^2+(y-4)^2)^2

and Google will display a special shape.

#91 Dig a info

Dig a info of any website by searching

info:websiteURL.com in Google search.

#92 Find Graph

View the graph for algebraic terms in Google search. For example,

Algebraic graph in Google search #93 Festivus

Here is a small funny trick for you. If you search for “Festivus” in Google, it will show you festivus pole on the left side of the results page.

Festivus in Google

 

#94 Find a location

Enter the zip code directly find the details of locations quickly. For example,

Find locations by Zip code

#95 Find out who link to your site

Use link:websiteURL.com to know who is linking to your website

#96 Search for GIFs

Use Google image tools to find GIFs quickly. Just go to “search tools” and click on “type” and select “Animated” to find GIFs of your keyword. Here is an example,

GIFs in Google search

#97 Use Verbatium

By using Verbatim, Google will display you results for exact keywords or phrases which you have searched for. Just go to “search tools” and click on “all results” to view only Verbatim results.

Verbatium results in Google

#98 Roll a dice

Google “Roll a dice” to play a funny game.

#99 Remove Synonyms:

Use + sign to remove synonyms from the search results.

#100 Find books

Just head over to “Books” tab in Google search to find the books easily.

#101 Download your search history

I’m sure you may have searched tons of query in Google search. But did you ever thought to download your search history for future reference? If you haven’t done so far, then you should now. Here’s how to download your search history.

• Go to Web & App activity page and click on the “option’s icon” at the top.

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Now select on “Download searches” and then confirm it by selecting “Create Archive”.

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Now you will receive a Email to download your search archive. Follow the instructions to complete the process

Hint: Don’t download your archive on “Public computer’s” such as cyber cafe (or) office etc. It’s for your own safetey.

#102 Create custom search engine

If you have your own blog (like mine), then you can create and use Custom Search Engine for your blog which can help your users to find more accurate data. Here are the useful resources where you can learn How to create custom search engine for your blog.

How to Add Google custom search engine to wordpress without any plugin by TipsAndTricks-HQ

And learn How to add custom search engine in Blogger

#103 Google Weenie

We have already about Epic Google in this post Right? And here is Google Weenie, small brother of Epic Google. Epic Google will automatically increase the size of Google logo whereas Google weenie will automatically decrease the size of the page.

Google Weenie

Go to Google.com and search for Google Weenie and click on “I’m feeling lucky” or click on the first link of the result’s page to experience Google Weenie.

#104 Check out Animal Sounds

Well, This is something more interesting and funny. Using Google search, you can listen to animal sounds directly. Head over to Google and search for “Animal sounds” and Google will list you some selected sounds of animals.

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#105 Get the 3D model of a Chemical compound

If you search for any chemical compounds like Carbon dioxide, glucose (or any other compound), Google will show you the 3D structure of that compound in right side of the results page. If you click on 3D, you will get the 3D structure view of that compound. Here is an example for you,
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#106 Find Events

Find events in Google by just searching “Location name Events” and you will get a list of upcoming events of that location.

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#107 Bubble Level

If you search for “Bubble Level” in your phone, Google will show an interactive level. It’s not very useful but a funny one.

Source: 9to5Google

#108 Snake Game

Well, I think i don’t need to give you an introduction to about this game Because almost everyone has played this funny game at least once in our life time. If you want to play it online, you can play it in Elgoog.

#109 Google Trends

If you want to know the trending topic which is running on the internet, then Google trends is the best place for you. You can find the trending topics in various categories/ countries.

#110 Health Knowledge Graph

This is a new search feature by Google which is available currently on in India. Open Google app (Android or iOS) and search for health issue like “Heart attack”, you will get the results like this

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Google will show you the short introduction about the disease. If you are looking to read about any health issues in detail, then i would recommended you read in any authority websites.

Recommended: How to Find the Best Medical Information Online

Final words:

If you have came up here till end. I’m very thankful for you that you have taken your time to read this long post.

Well, these are some of the best hidden tricks of Google which many of us may not be using. Using these Google tricks can be very useful in many ways. I’m sure after reading this post, you may learned at least few advanced Google search tips and tricks which you may not know earlier. If you think we have missed anything in this post which you may know, please let us know via comments and also don’t forget to tell us that what you learned from this useful list. And it would be great if you could give me few cool suggestions which can add some value in this useful list.

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  1. WOW! You have got lots of tricks here. Nice collection..It actually took me more than half an hour to read whole article.

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