8 Useful Things You Can Do With Google You Didn’t Know Before

20 July 2015

Even though Google is one of the most useful sites on the Internet, most people only use about 3% of its abilities.

Smart Google users, on the other hand, know how to turn Google into a currency converter, a food comparison tool or a distance calculator with special search queries.

Here is a list of 8 useful things you can do with Google that you might not have known before.

1. Compare calories between foods

If you Google “[food] vs. [food]” then a chart will appear comparing the nutritional value of the two choices in great detail – everything from calories to the amount of protein.

2. Set a timer

If you Google any amount of time, followed by “timer”, you’ll get a countdown, and you can even make it sound an alarm at the end – perfect for use in the kitchen.

3. Tackle geography trivia

Using the Google Maps tool Smarty Pins, you can take on Google in a geography trivia game in which you will be asked questions with location-based answers, and you will answer by placing a pin in the world map. You can try just general knowledge or tackle specific categories like science or sport.

4. Discover how popular words are

Using the Google Ngram viewer, you can search more than five million books published between 1800 and 2008 to find out how often different words were used, and then compare them on a graph.

5. Find & download fonts for free

If you go to Google Fonts, there’s a huge collection of completely free fonts you can use. You can either download them to your computer or make them the default font in your browser.

6. Learn how to pronounce large numbers

If you search a number up to 12 figures followed by =english, Google will tell you how to pronounce it.

7. Convert currencies

If you want to find out how much you spent in pounds during your trip to Belgium, you can use the currency converter by typing [amount] [currency] in [currency]

8. Find out the distance between 2 cities

If you quickly want to find the distance and out how long it takes to get from city A to city B, you can just type in: [City A] to [City B] distance.

Google always has new ideas brewing. What would you like Google to be able to do? Leave your comments below.