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Ten Things You Did not Know You Could Do with Google





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#10. Find a beautiful wallpaper for your desktop resolution with Google images

#10. Find a beautiful wallpaper for your desktop resolution with Google images

Here's how you do it:

  1. Go to Advanced Image Search
2. Next to "Exact size" click on "Use my desktop resolution". Then, next to "Content types" select "Photo content."
3. Enter some words. If you want to find cows, enter beautiful cows.

#9. Create unlimited disposable email addresses with Gmail

#9. Create unlimited disposable email addresses with Gmail

That's right, you can add one or more dots ANYWHERE between your username and send messages to that 'new' email. All of those messages will arrive to your old (without dots) email. Hard to explain without a picture. But somehow Google did find a way to do it.

#8. Search videos durations using Google Video

#8. Search videos durations using Google Video

I've noticed there's not a single video site that allows you to search videos by duration. Let's say I want to learn Spanish and I want comprehensive videos for that (longer than 20 minutes.) To search, I go to Google Advanced Video Search page and select "Long" next to "Duration". Here's what happens:

#7. Want to find an iPad alternative using Google Search?

#7. Want to find an iPad alternative using Google Search?

Sure, you can write 'iPad alternative' in Google but that won't give you the best results. Using "better than product" where product=any product will give you not only alternatives but better alternatives to a particular product. Very cool.

#6. Detect any unknown language with Google Language Detector

#6. Detect any unknown language with Google Language Detector

Another good way to detect and also translate is to use Google Translate and the "Detect Language" option:

#5. See what the Dutch haven been searching for recently using Google Insights

#5. See what the Dutch haven been searching for recently using Google Insights

Google is the most popular search engine in almost any country in the world. Google Insights (like the name suggests) gives you 'insights' of what people have been searching for around the world. For example, Netherlands:

 Hyves is a Dutch portal and social network. Weer seems to be a weather portal.

#4. When did Google become more popular than Microsoft? Google Trends has the answer

#4. When did Google become more popular than Microsoft? Google Trends has the answer

Google Trends helps you discover the trends on various topics and see what people have been searching for over time. In this case, you can see when people started searching for Google more than Microsoft in early 2005.

#3. Hate opening PDF files? Google Docs is the solution

#3. Hate opening PDF files? Google Docs is the solution

So you've been searching on Google for a particular topic and found a PDF file:

 Instead of opening the file in Adobe Reader (which is a painful process), you can click on "Quick View" and open the file in Google Docs! It takes seconds to open and it's way more flexible. If you choose later, you can always save the file as PDF by choosing the export option in Google Docs.

#2. Scan and Read your RSS feeds like email messages in Google Reader

#2. Scan and Read your RSS feeds like email messages in Google Reader

You probably know how easy it is to open and read email messages in Gmail thanks to the list view. Well, you can do the same in Google Reader:

 The default view in Google Reader is 'expanded' which makes the items pretty difficult to scan and read. If you change the view from expanded to 'list', then it becomes WAY easier to SCAN items and pick what you like.

#1. Google can tell you the answer to life and the universe

#1. Google can tell you the answer to life and the universe

I wish it was so simple.





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