You may already realize that Google has far more search capabilities than most people use. Did you know you can easily bring up the results of last night’s game, find out theaters and times for movie showings, determine whether a flight has landed or will arrive on time, make mathematical calculations or even find the name of that song that’s been running through your head?
Here are seven Google tips to take further advantage of Google’s extremely powerful features. You can either type these commands into Google’s search bar on a computer or mobile device, or speak them into Chrome on an Android phone or tablet after setting up Voice Search.
What’s the Name of That Song?
If you keep repeating song lyrics in your head and don’t know or can’t recall the name of the tune, try searching for some of the remembered words, in quotes, along with the word lyrics. For example, you might try “but if you close your eyes” lyrics to find out that the song is “Pompeii” by Bastille.Get sports scores and game results
Get Sports Scores, Game Results and Trivia Answers
Want to know the results of your favorite team’s recent game or even what happened in a long ago sporting event? Ask what was the score of last night’s Pirate’s game or who won the Super Bowl in 2000 (answer: St. Louis Rams).
Check Movie Times and Theaters
You don’t need to search multiple movie theater Web sites to find a convenient showtime for a movie. Ask Google something along the lines of where is X-Men playing in Raleigh or where is Frozen playing in Charlotte.
Track Airline Flights
Search by the airline and flight number to find out the status of a flight. For example, enter Delta 4152.
Find Bus and Train Departures and Arrivals
Enter starting city to destination by train or starting city to destination by bus. Examples would be Pittsburgh to Philadelphia by bus or Seattle to San Francisco by train.
If you do a lot of cooking, you may learn to love Google’s measurement conversion capabilities. It’s not limited to kitchen measurements, though. Enter something like 3 cups in tablespoons, 55 miles in km or 1577 inches in cm to watch Google do its magic.
Calculate Anything and Everything
Who needs Windows Calculator or Excel for math problems? Simply speak or enter a math problem into Chrome on your Android phone or tablet, or type a formula into your computer’s Google search bar or in the Chrome address area.