Google isn’t just a way to find web sites any more. Many queries lead to “OneBox” results that provide useful data right on the search screen. Some are well-known, others less so. These are our favourite Google OneBox tricks for quickly accessing helpful information.
Even if you’ve never encountered the OneBox label before, chances are you’ve seen a OneBox result. If Google provides information in bold at the top of your search query or offers up an interactive tool to help you refine your search, that’s a OneBox. This is different to search operators that you can put in your query to help you narrow your search (such as adding
site:lifehacker.com.au to a query to restrict it to a particular domain).
It’s also technically distinct from the more recently introduced Knowledge Graph, which provides detailed information on the right-hand side of your screen. That said, the distinction between the different types of Google-generated results is arguably more important to Google itself than to users. If there’s a handy query that will find you information directly from Google, we’ll tell you about it here.
With OneBox results you can quickly find the weather in any country, peek at a musician’s discography or perform calculations. You can find the information you’re searching for almost instantly, and you’ll look like the smartest person in the room. OneBox results also work on mobile devices, and in some cases offer more data than the desktop version.
Find Artist Discographies And Filmographies
[artist] [movies or albums]only just been introduced into Australia
Find Release Dates
[name of movie or game] release dateThe Hobbit
Find Current Movie Show Times
[name of movie] [location]
Find Simple Factual Information
[name of famous person] death[mountain] elevation[city] population
Get A Five Day Weather Forecast
weather [city name]
Find The Current Time In Any City
time [city name]time [country name]find the time of sunrise or sunset sunrise [city name]sunset [city name]
Find Upcoming Dates For Holidays And Events
[year] [holiday name or event title]
Calculate Almost Anything
graphical calculator interface5+2cos(pi) + 4want a graphsearch for “calculator”
Convert Units of Measurement
35 C into F5 MB into KBunit converter
1 aud to yen
Check Stock Prices
Find Word Definitions, Synonyms And Pronunciation
type the word
Translate Words Instantly
Google Translatetranslate monster into spanishtranslate the monster ate my neighbour into spanish
Hunt Down Information On Local Restaurants
[type of restaurant] [city name]
Track The Status Of Any Flight
[airline] [flight number]Flight Stats
Google regularly adds new OneBox search tricks, and we do our best to cover them on Lifehacker. Know of other options we haven’t included? We’re all ears in the comments.