Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Live from SOITA: Google Tricks from Tammy Worcester

I got in a litte late, but I still managed to pick up some tricks from the SOITA Conference's featured speaker Tammy Worcester. I happened to stop in right as she was showing some of lesser known features of Google. You probably already know that you can use the search engine as a calculator, but did you know that you can also use it to do conversions?

  • Want to convert 32 degrees F to Celsius? Simply type the following: 32 f to c and Google returns the following

32 degrees Fahrenheit = 0 degrees Celsius

  • How about converting metric measures to customary? Try typing 3 m to ft and Google returns the following

3 m = 9.84251969 feet

Searching for PowerPoint Slideshows

Need a PowerPoint, but can’t find the time to create one for class. A Google advanced search allows you type in a keyword and choose to have the search return only PowerPoint files. Here's how to do it:
  1. Click on Advanced Search.
  2. In the Find Results box, type your keyword (Tammy's was rainforests).
  3. Click on the Find Format drop down menu and choose PowerPoint.
Look for more reports throughout the day.

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