Do you know that the word ‘Google’ has been declared a verb? Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary includes the word “google,” which it defines as a verb.

Nowadays “to google” actually means to use the Google search engine. But many still unaware that Google search isn’t just about search. It actually can be used to perform calculation, to find postcode as dictionary among other things. Here are six Google search tips worth remembering.


Simple math! Enter a calculation as you would into your computer’s calculator (i.e. * corresponds to multiply, / to divide, etc), and


Conversion. Google can convert units of measurement between the U.S. and metric systems, or between larger and smaller units of measurement. For example, typing “600 miles in kilometers” into the search bar yields the number of miles top of the results page. Entering “6 oz in pounds” or “2 inches to foot” will tell you the quantity in pounds and feet, respectively.


Dictionary. Google can be used as an online dictionary. To look up a word, type in “define:” followed by the term you’re looking for (i.e. “define:politics”).


Search local time. Well, you’re in KL and wanted to know for example what would be the local time once you touch down at Madrid 12 hours later. To do find out Madrid local time you type “time” and a city’s name into Google. It’s not just Madrid local time but most of the major cities around the globe.

File types search

File types search. There are 13 main file types searched by Google in addition to standard web formatted documents in HTML. The most common formats are PDF, PostScript, Microsoft Office formats:

Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf)
Adobe PostScript (ps)
Lotus 1-2-3 (wk1, wk2, wk3, wk4, wk5, wki, wks, wku)
Lotus WordPro (lwp)
MacWrite (mw)
Microsoft Excel (xls)
Microsoft PowerPoint (ppt)
Microsoft Word (doc)
Microsoft Works (wks, wps, wdb)
Microsoft Write (wri)
Rich Text Format (rtf)
Shockwave Flash (swf)
Text (ans, txt)