5 Google Search Tricks

1. Find the downloadable form of a book

Search for specific types of files, such as PDFs, PPTs, or XLS, by adding filetype: and the 3-letter file abbreviation.

Example search: “gone with the wind filetype:pdf

2. Ignore a word in your search

Want to make pizza sauce but no tomatoes in your cupboard?

Example search: “pizza sauce -tomatoes

3. Set a budget in your search

Want a new computer and can only spend between 150 and 250 bucks?

Example search: “computer $200…$500

4. Currency conversion

In Mexico and want to know how far your last $5 will get you?

Example search: “5 USD in Pesos

5. Check the weather quickly

Need to know if you need to put on that sweater grandma knitted for you?

Example search: “weather chicago

You can find more tips on Google’s search tips page.

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