10 Super Google Search Tips

With a 66.1 percent share of the U.S. search market, you wouldn’t blame Google for hitting the brakes on their innovation engine. Then again, with Bing close on its heels (at least metaphorically), Google has recently put the petal to the metal, launching a slew of new features like Instant search (for desktop and mobile), Instant previews, Real time, and sort by reading level.

Regardless of market share numbers, competition is good, and the race for search superiority has benefited Bing, Google, and best of all, you. Here are the tools—both new and classic—that prove it.

Get Weather Faster

Type the letter W into the Google search bar and Google’s Instant Search feature presents the weather in your city automatically.

Let Google Finish Your Search for You

Type only as much of your query as needed. For instance, at “atlanta,” Google displays “atlanta braves,“ “atlanta falcons,” “atlanta airport,” and “atlanta bread” as auto-complete options.

Find Restaurants (and Other Places) Quick

Type the name of a venue such as “Restaurant Guy Savoy” or “Fenway Park” into Google and select Places in the left panel to see its dedicated place page, which has address and contact information, hours of operation, and reviews from other websites, including www.frommers.com and www.zagat.com.

Search Through Time

See a timeline of events for your search query (ex. “Robert Downey Jr.”) displayed with a clickable chronological chart that makes it easy to drill down your search to a specific window.

Refine Your Search

Enter your search term, then further filter your results by selecting from Google’s list of search categories on the left (Blogs, Books, Images, News, Places, Videos, and more) or specifying a time frame or time-related qualifier such as “Latest,” “Past 24 Hours,” “Past Week,” or “Past Month.”

Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options