- Google.com - Find web
sites, reverse telephone lookup, news, images, definitions, product
- Using the right keywords
is the key to a good search
- Use “quotes” around
phrases, names and numbers to narrow the search
- Use + or - sign to
further narrow search. + insures responses include that term, while –
insures they don’t.
- Google Maps
(maps.google.com) can be used to get maps of areas, get directions to and
from, and also to locate local businesses (like restaurants, including
reviews). Maps are draggable and quite legible.
- Google Toolbar
(toolbar.google.com) - Allows you to use Google from any web page, has an
effective pop-up stopper and form filler. Save searches, easy to install
and can be “dragged” to your preferred location on the browser.
- Google Custom Home Page
offers a myriad of useful “feeds” like local weather, movies, stock
quotes, newspapers, magazines etc. Go to google.com and click on
Personalized Home link, then click on the Add Content link. Add as much
content as you wish. You can arrange the feeds as you wish by dragging
and dropping. Use Edit links to change feed, X to delete. If you have a
Google Mail ID you’ll be able to view your custom home page from any
- Google Earth
(earth.google.com) – Awesome visual display of any place on Earth from
satellite photos. Images vary in resolution, with cities generally higher
than rural areas. Requires installation of program. Google Mars
(mars.google.com) is a treat for astronomy enthusiasts.
- Google Desktop
(desktop.google.com) - Indispensable feature for the unorganized computer.
Helps you locate email, files, visited web sites quickly using keyword
search terms. Requires installation.
- Google Mail “Gmail”
(mail.google.com) - Free email system available from any computer on the
Internet. Allows 2.7 Gigabytes of storage, mail forwarding, and
importation of address books. Attachments are automatically scanned for
viruses. Excellent SPAM filter. Gmail can be used with Outlook and Outlook
Express (free, no ads displayed).