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July 18, 2017:

12 Google Hints:

Here are some google hints you may have not heard of. This stuff is just fun. I bet you try at least half of these.

  1. Type “weather” or “movies” followed by a zip code or city and state to display current weather conditions or movie theaters in your area. For example, typing weather 84101 gives you the current weather conditions for Salt Lake City, UT. Typing movies 84101 gives you a link for show times for movies in that area.
  2. Pull up the definition of the word by typing define followed by the word you want to define. For example, typing: define bravura would display the definition of that word.
  3. Enter a full phone number with area code to display the name and address associated with that phone number.
  4. Enter the airline and flight number to display the status of an airline flight and its arrival time. For example, type: delta 123 to display this flight information if available. Google can also give a direct link to package tracking information if you enter a UPS, FedEx or USPS tracking number.
  5. Translate text, a full web page, or search by using the Google Language Tools.
  6. Add fileType: to your search to display results that only match a certain file type. For example, if you wanted to display PDF results only type: “dell xps” fileType:pdf — this is a great way to find online manuals.
  7. Use the Google Search engine as a calculator by typing a math problem in the search. For example, typing: 100 + 200 would display results as 300. You can even speak these commands to Cortana if you have Windows 10.
  8. Quickly get to a stock quote price, chart, and related links by typing the stock symbol in Google. For example, typing: msft displays the stock information for Microsoft.
  9. Group your search query for an exact match by surrounding what words you want as an exact match with quotes. For example, if you are searching for computer help, better results are returned if you surround the search with quotes: “computer help”.
  10. If your results have keywords you are not search for use a minus sign. For example, If you are looking for computer help but do not want pages containing “Windows” type: “computer help” – windows
  11. Google is capable of understanding the * wildcard in a search. For example, you could search for “fastest * in the world” to find results like “fastest birds in the world,” “fastest cars in the world,” and “fastest aircraft in the world.”
  12. Visit Google Local enter the area you want to search and the keyword of the place you want to find. For example, typing: restaurant at the above link would display local restaurants.



Do You Have a Laptop?

Would you like to have a mini informational get-together? Recently I have been hosting PC and iPhone/iPad classes at homes and facilities like churches, businesses and schools. Informal and informative. Gather your friends (like the old Rubbermaid and Tupperware days). We all use the local WiFi and toss questions and scenarios around that we all learn from. It is amazing how many different issues are solved and how many people did not know a topic was something they turned out to be thrilled with. I have lots of unknown hints and tips for everyone. Bring a list of questions. Let’s get started.


I Make House Calls:

I will come to your home or office and help you with almost any predicament including repairs, upgrades and general software or hardware issues. I can be your resident “Geek.” I have an endless amount of patience and knowledge with years of experience. Give me a call at 419/318-9112. References and rates are always available upon request. Don’t forget to sign up for my Free Newsletter at Subscribers will get a copy of this article plus added hints, tips and trusted/valuable web-links.


Janis Weber, B.A., owner of Ohio Computer Training, is a professional computer adjunct instructor at UT and Lourdes University. All classes are offered though the Eberly Center at UT with free parking.  E-mail any specific questions or comments to or contact her for assistance at 419/318-9112. Public Classes are listed on her website: The classes at UT offer inexpensive and totally non-intimidating. Call 419/ 530-8570 to register. Private tutoring and repairs are just phone a call or email away.