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9 handy tips for getting the most out of Google

We all know that Google isn’t just a search engine. From robotics through self-driving cars to life extension, the company has its fingers in many, many pies. And equally, Google’s core search engine itself has more than one mere dimension. In this article, we’re going to show you some tips and tricks for Google search, as well as other bits and pieces pertaining to Google services which you shouldn’t forget about.

Okay, on with the tips, starting with…

Search nearby: On Google Maps, if you find a destination on the map – say, a hotel – in the info bubble which pops up out of it, you can click "search nearby" to find the businesses and attractions close by.

Public transit directions: Plan trips using public transportation at For cities where transit is available, a search for directions will also provide the option for directions using public transit.

Check traffic: In many cities across the country, Google Maps provides real-time traffic information. Click the "Traffic" button in the upper-right corner of the map to view traffic patterns, road closures, and so forth.

Weather: To see the weather forecast for your local area, simply type "weather." Or to see the weather in a specific place, type “weather Manchester” into the search box, for example.

Movies: Want to know what movies are on in a cinema near you? Just type “movies” and they’ll pop up – assuming you’ve set your location under Google’s Search Settings (if not, you can simply type “movies Manchester” for example).

Measurement conversions: You can get height, weight, and cooking measurement conversions. For instance, type "2 litres to cups" to see how many cups are in two litres.

Currency conversions: Google will do your currency sums. Simply enter the amount and currency into the search box. For example, just type “$80” and Google will automatically return the amount in pounds.

Calculator: Google supports basic and advanced operations. Just type an equation into the search box.

Sky: Don’t forget, you can browse the universe at Google Sky.

For more on how to better use Google, see our top tips for better Google searches.