Intro To Google Tricks

First, it must be mentioned that this is not a post that contains the actual host of Google Tricks we highlight here on the Google Tricks site. So if you want to skip the chit-chat and get right to the meaty-juicy, navigate to the Google Tricks For Search page for tips to help you refine your search results to razor sharpness. Or navigate to the Funny Google Tricks if you’re looking for the Easter Eggs and Doodles and Barrel Rolls and belly laughs. For all of you curious to find out a little bit of context, read on!

Without a quick and handy manual for Google searches, it’s easy (for the lazy like me, at least) to passively accept the sometimes disappointing search results that are returned for terms without any of the basic or advanced search tricks applied.

This is not at all to say that the results are typically mediocre. No, Google impresses me all the time. With this little gem from last night for example: the missus and I wanted some of that bloody mary mix we love so much the spicy stuff, the pickle people, the…. what was it called…?

google trick

She opened her laptop and typed into the Google search field “pickles Brooklyn Detroit.” MacClure’s. Bam. #1 with a bullet. Great Bloody Mary mix, by the way, if you’re into the punishment-high of six-alarm tomato juice, that is. (Brooklyn and Detroit are their two locations, if you’re not already familiar). But I digress. You’re here for the Google Tricks!

Here’s a few Search Tips to wet your palate:

Most searchers know that wrapping your phrase in double quotes will return results that include that phrase exactly, and fewer – but still many – know that a minus sign (-) before a keyword will remove results with that word in them. But this is merely the tip of the iceberg.

By way of example, were you aware that you can drop an image into the Google image search to get information about the image? A face, for example, can return you the identity of the person, an object can return more information about that object, or visually similar images. This tool alone is incredibly powerful. Though I hope your vanity search turns out better than mine:

image search google trick


Further still, on top of these basic Google Tricks there is a sort of second level of sophistication:

There are “info:” searches that can help you learn more about a particular website, such as how Google’s cached page of the site looks, what external sites link to it, and how many of its pages are indexed by Google.

Or you can perform a “site” search, either by simply searching [] or if you’re looking for something in particular you could add a keyword, like so: [ +"keyword"].

Info and Site searches are just two of the lesser bodies in the great constellation of Google Search Tricks. Please move on the Google Tricks for Search page to really step up your search game or head over to the Google Tricks for fun if you’re just here for the yuks.

Got any of your own Google Tricks we haven’t mentioned? Share them with the rest of us by commenting below!

Comments (42)

  • hiram
    December 11, 2012 at 1:10 am |

    lol i got an easter egg

  • Matthew
    January 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm |

    Type in google maps get directions
    From: The Shire
    To: Mordor

    • Chris Arlington
      Chris Arlington
      January 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm |

      Thanks for the tip Matthew. We love that one, and have it posted on our top 10 google tricks of 2012 post here. Check out the other 9!

    • dollface
      January 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm |

      grrrrr. NONE of the google tricks are working for me :( WHYYYYY?

      • Kelsea
        April 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm |

        you have to click “walking” for it to work

      • David
        July 20, 2013 at 2:57 am |

        all the triks are working .. change your browser to latest one …

    • Kabeer
      February 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm |

      Nice trick ! Thanks

      • Ravinder
        September 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm |

        A very useful trick. Thanx

    • Summer Neff
      September 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm |

      One does not simply walk into Mordor.

    • Perviz
      October 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm |

      oh, is it about the river???

  • weenie
    February 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm |

    Type “who’s the cutest” and search im feeling lucky.

  • john
    February 6, 2013 at 4:28 am |

    good tricks and nice….. but my teacher sees me doing google tricks……………….

  • I can't tell you stalkers!
    February 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm |

    Type in ” Where is Chuck Norris” and click I’m feeling lucky.

    • November 16, 2013 at 7:38 pm |

      omg tha is soooo freaky

  • shashank
    February 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm |

    do you know any magic tricks, John?

  • azmat
    March 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm |

    type zerg rush and then enter . tell me what happens !!

  • donovan
    March 10, 2013 at 7:10 am |

    Some tricks that i know:
    1) type “askew” or “tilt”—tilts page.
    2) type “Z or R twice” or “Do a barrel roll”—rotates page 360°
    3) type “Zerg Rush”—activates minigame!
    4) go to: “” for some awesome google stuffs!
    and finally…
    5) go to “”
    —===—===(NUMBER 5 MAY NOT WORK)===—===—

    • jazlyn
      March 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm |

      there so awsome thx donovan

  • Arron
    March 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm |

    TRY!! Type In Google Gravity on Google Search And Then Press Im Feeling Lucky

  • Ann
    March 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm |

    Type in google gravity

  • Ijaz Mafahir
    April 2, 2013 at 6:46 am |

    type ” jaffna ” to ” chennai ” in google maps

  • blake
    April 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm |

    star day today and im on computer :P

  • 'sup
    April 16, 2013 at 11:15 pm |

    go on google @ 3:14 am and nessie will come and visit :)

  • Hawkins
    April 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm |

    Go on google type in “I see you” then go to Im feeling lucky

  • Eman
    April 29, 2013 at 2:09 am |

    barrel roll have fun :)

  • karan
    May 2, 2013 at 10:42 am |

    they were ok ♥☺☻

  • Alec
    May 13, 2013 at 4:02 am |

    I know a new google trick that you will like

    1. go onto google
    2. type in “do a barrel roll”
    3. push enter
    4. Watch what happens

    Also another good one is

    1. Go onto google
    2. type in google gravity
    3. push search
    4. and play around with what happens

    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) ENJOY

  • bossbooy
    June 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm |


  • blahblah
    June 4, 2013 at 1:31 am |

    ‘ATARI BREAKOUT’ on google images

  • timmah!
    June 8, 2013 at 7:34 am |

    if you put “,” a comma before a word in a search query, it leaves a space to be filled.

  • horsez
    June 12, 2013 at 10:50 am |

    Type Atari Breakout and then google wiews. :D it’s a game :D

  • yo mama
    July 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm |

    type in lol limewire on google then press im feelin lucky

    • Chris Arlington
      Chris Arlington
      July 16, 2013 at 2:33 am |

      Nice one. Thanks Mom!

  • Rinn
    August 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm |

    put in google sphere then im feeling lucky, have fun!

  • LolaMills
    August 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm |

    type in for a guitar version of google
    or just simply type in mirror google,then I’m feeling lucky.

    all in all,just go on for a whole range of stuff :D enjoy!

  • YAY
    August 13, 2013 at 12:17 am |

    type in “rainbow” and you will see the magic :O

  • jessia
    August 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm |

    um i was wondering what is the key word for the shooting game where u shoot the google page u fight bad guys in a way i used to play it in shool but i dont remember what it was.

    • Forya
      October 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm |

      Just type in Zerg Rush in the regular search, then get ready.

    • anonymous
      October 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm |

      type in zerg rush and the o’s in google will attack the results and you have to shoot them

    • Aww yeah
      December 13, 2013 at 11:56 am |

      zerg rush

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    December 15, 2013 at 11:19 am |

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