Time Conversions in Google Search

One of the great things about Google Drive is its ability as a collaboration tool. Within moments you can share material with colleagues across the room or across the planet. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget (I know, I’ve done it) that not all of the world shares the same business hours – or even daylight hours! Sometimes (before trying to start a hangout, for instance) it’s useful to check what the time currently is for your intended collaborator.

Thankfully, Google Search comes to the rescue once again. You can now use Google search to carry out time zone conversions right from the search bar.

The conversion request can be written in simple English. If you need to specify a time zone, you can do so using an abbreviation (CDT) or name (Central Daylight Time) or you can specify the place by name, rather than using a time zone:

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Sometimes the question has more than one possible answer; Google will do its best to help. Here, Google is pointing out that two time zones cover the state of Indiana:

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Here’s another example with two possible answers:

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With a little luck, I’ll now be able to stop myself from waking contacts in the middle of the night!