ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT USING GOOGLE

 

 

There is way too much of GOOGLE to talk about here.  But let's talk about some of the important items:

 

  1. CHECKOUT    A safer, faster and more convenient way to shop online

    1.  Create multiple accounts and/or passwords

    2.  Shop with confidence

    3.  Control commercial spam

  2. GOOGLE CHROME    A browser built for speed, stability and security.  (as of Sept 2008, I would not use it.  It has some Java and Flash bugs)

  3. DESKTOP    Search and personalize your computer.  (While it may be a use full tool, I find it redundant and may slow your computer down)

    1.   Desktop search
      Search your computer as easily as you search the web with Google
      Find and launch applications and files with just a few keystrokes

    2. Sidebar with gadgets
      Add Google Gadgets to customize your desktop and iGoogle New!
      Get news, weather and more anywhere on your desktop

  4. EARTH    Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.  (A fun little program)

  5. FINANCE    Business info, news, and interactive charts.  (If you have a Google account, you can customize this area)

  6. GOOGLE-411    Find and connect with businesses from your phone, for free

  7. GOOGLE HEALTH    Organize your medical records online.  (Requires a Google account)

    Google Health puts you in charge of your health information. It's safe, secure, and free.

    • Organize your health information all in one place

    • Gather your medical records from doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies

    • Keep your doctors up-to-date about your health

    • Be more informed about important health issues

  8. IMAGES    Search for images on the web
  9. MAPS    View maps and directions
  10. TOOLBAR    Add a search box to your browser
    Toolbar Features
    Add buttons to the Toolbar
    to search your favorite sites. View button gallery
    Bookmark frequently visited pages
    and access them from anywhere
    Search smarter with instant suggestions
    as you type in the search box
    Share web pages with friends
    via blog or email
  11. CALENDAR    Organize your schedule and share events with friends  (Requires a Google account)
  12. GMAIL    Fast, searchable email with less spam  (Requires a Google account)

    Import contacts from Yahoo, Outlook, and others into your Gmail contact list.   Learn more

    A Google approach to email.  

    Gmail is a new kind of webmail, built on the idea that email can be more intuitive, efficient, and useful. And maybe even fun. After all, Gmail has:

    Less spam
    Keep unwanted messages out of your inbox with Google's innovative technology.
    Mobile access
    Read Gmail on your mobile phone by pointing your phone's web browser to http://gmail.com/app. Learn more
    Lots of space
    Over 2757.272164 megabytes (and counting) of free storage so you'll never need to delete another message.
  13. PICASA    Find, edit and share your photos
    Organize   Organize
    Manage your photos in one place, and find photos you forgot you had
    edit   Edit
    Eliminate scratches & blemishes, fix red-eye, crop and more
    create   Create
    Turn photos into movies, collages, slideshows and more
    share   Share
    Upload seamlessly to Picasa Web Albums to share with friends, family & the world
  14. TALK    IM and call your friends through your computer

    Download Google Talk and get:

    Instant messaging PC-to-PC voice calls
    Gmail notifications File transfers
  15. YOU TUBE    Watch, upload and share videos
  16. WEB SEARCH    Search over billions of web pages
  17. WEB SEARCH FEATURE    Find movies, music, stocks, books, and more

    Improve Your Search Experience

    In addition to providing easy access to billions of web pages, Google has many special features to help you to find exactly what you're looking for. Some of their most popular features are listed below.

Everyday Essentials

Weather
To see the weather for many U.S. and worldwide cities, type "weather" followed by the city and state, U.S. zip code, or city and country.
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Stock Quotes
To see current market data for a given company or fund, type the ticker symbol into the search box. On the results page, you can click the link to see more data from Google Finance.
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Time
To see the time in many cities around the world, type in "time" and the name of the city.
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Calculator

To use Google's built-in calculator function, simply enter the calculation you'd like done into the search box.
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Book Search
If you’re looking for results from Google Book Search, you can enter the name of the author or book title into the search box and we’ll return any book content we have as part of your normal web results. You can click through on the record to view more detailed info about that author or title.
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Unit Conversion
You can use Google to convert between many different units of measurement of height, weight, and mass among others. Just enter your desired conversion into the search box and we’ll do the rest.
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Synonym Search
If you want to search not only for your search term but also for its synonyms, place the tilde sign (~) immediately in front of your search term.
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Dictionary Definitions
To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word "define" then a space, then the word(s) you want defined. To see a list of different definitions from various online sources, you can type "define:" followed by a word or phrase. Note that the results will define the entire phrase.
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Spell Checker
Google’s spell checking software automatically checks whether your query uses the most common spelling of a given word. If it thinks you’re likely to generate better results with an alternative spelling, it will ask “Did you mean: (more common spelling)?”. Click the suggested spelling to launch a Google search for that term.
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Local Search

If you’re looking for a store, restaurant, or other local business you can search for the category of business and the location and we’ll return results right on the page, along with a map, reviews, and contact information.
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Movie Showtimes
To find reviews and showtimes for movies playing near you, type "movies" or the name of a current film into the Google search box. If you've already saved your location on a previous search, the top search result will display showtimes for nearby theaters for the movie you've chosen.
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Real Estate and Housing
To see home listings in a given area type "housing", "home", or "real estate" and the name of a city or a U.S. zip code into the Google search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button. Clicking the "Go" button on the results page will display details of individual homes that Google has indexed.
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Trip Planning

Airline Travel Info
To see flight status for arriving and departing U.S. flights, type in the name of the airline and the flight number into the search box. You can also see delays at a specific airport by typing in the name of the city or three-letter airport code followed by the word "airport".
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Currency Conversion
To use our built-in currency converter, simply enter the conversion you’d like done into the Google search box and we’ll provide your answer directly on the results page.
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Maps
Looking for a map? Type in the name or U.S. zip code of a location and the word "map" and we’ll return a map of that location. Clicking on the map will take you to a larger version on Google Maps.
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Query Refinements

Plus (+) Operator
Google ignores common words and characters such as where, the, how, and other digits and letters that slow down your search without improving the results. If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can make sure we pay attention to it by putting a "+" sign in front of it.
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Related Search
To search for web pages that have similar content to a given site, type "related:" followed by the website address into the Google search box.
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Fill in the Blank
Sometimes the best way to ask a question is to get Google to ‘fill in the blank’ by adding an asterisk (*) at the part of the sentence or question that you want finished into the Google search box.
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Search by Number

Package Tracking
You can track packages by typing the tracking number for your UPS, Fedex or USPS package directly into the search box. We’ll return results that include quick links to easily track the status of your shipment.
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Patent Numbers
To search for U.S. patents, enter the word "patent" followed by the patent number into the Google search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button.
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Area Code
To see the geographical location for any U.S. telephone area code, just type the three-digit area code into the Google search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button.
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  1. Advanced Search Made Easy    Once you know the basics of Google search, you might want to try Advanced Search, which offers numerous options for making your searches more precise and getting more useful results.
    OPERATOR EXAMPLE   FINDS PAGES CONTAINING...
    vacation hawaii   the words vacation and Hawaii .
    Maui OR Hawaii   either the word Maui or the word Hawaii
    "To each his own"   the exact phrase to each his own
    virus computer   the word virus but NOT the word computer
    +sock   Only the word sock, and not the plural or any tenses or synonyms
    ~auto loan   loan info for both the word auto and its synonyms: truck, car, etc.
    define:computer   definitions of the word computer from around the Web.
    red * blue   the words red and blue separated by one or more words.
    I'm Feeling Lucky   Takes you directly to first web page returned for your query.
    CALCULATOR OPERATORS   MEANING   TYPE INTO SEARCH BOX
    +   addition   45 + 39
    -   subtraction   45 – 39
    *   multiplication   45 * 39
    /   division   45 / 39
    % of   percentage of   45% of 39