25 Fun Google Tricks You’ll Want to Try Immediately
From functional to fun: The all-powerful search engine is packed with more cool Google tricks than you realized.
It can do a barrel roll!
Type “do a barrel roll” into Google, click “search”, and your browser window will do a 360-degree spin. It’s a geeky reference to Nintendo’s Star Fox series, in which a wise old rabbit named Peppy (an intergalactic fighter pilot) advises your character to avoid enemy fire by pulling said maneuver. You can get the same fun Google tricks effect by typing “z or r twice” in reference to the controller buttons you’d press in the game. Don’t miss these other 12 funny Google searches that have us wondering, “who asks these questions?”
…a very serious word nerd!
Here’s what “recursion” means, according to Google: “the repeated application of a recursive procedure or definition.” When you search “recursion,” Google asks “Did you mean recursion?” with a link to a search for “recursion,” which then asks “Did you mean recursion?” with a link to a search for “recursion,” which then asks…you get it. Curious about the ins and outs of this genius search engine? Find out more about how Google actually works.
It can read images!
Looking for something specific, but don’t have the right keywords to describe it? This is one of the more useful and fun Google tricks. You can “reverse image search” at images.google.com by clicking the camera icon, uploading an image, and then getting results of pictures that look similar. (Make sure you’re OK with your photos floating around the web first.)
It’s overrun by the zerg!
In a manner of speaking, anyway. The “zerg” are a race of insectoid aliens in the popular Starcraft video game series. If you Google “zerg rush,” the Os in “Google” behave like zerglings, the race’s foot soldiers, and start chomping away at search results. Click to destroy them all! Need a laugh? Check out the 21 times people had instant regret while Googling (maybe you did after searching “zerg rush”).
It speaks secret languages!
On the top of your Google homepage, hit the nine squares at the top and go to My Account. Scroll to the bottom to find Language under Data and Personalization. You can change your language to fun ways of speaking like Muppets (Bork, bork, bork!), Elmer Fudd (Ewmew Fudd), Klingon, and pirate. For instance, with that ,last one you’ll find “moorr” instead of “more.”
It defies gravity!
Google Gravity shatters the search engine into pieces that you can drag and bounce around your screen.
It’s a 1980s arcade!
Google celebrated the 30th anniversary of the beloved classic PAC-MAN in May 2010 with a fun in-browser version of the game. Now it uses its homepage for fun Google tricks when celebrating other famous birthdays and holidays, too.
It can boost brainpower!
ZDNet offers a handy tip to sift through university research: first type “site:edu” to limit the query to educational institutions, then try “intitle:” before your topic. For example, site:edu intitle:”American magazines” brings up results from Harvard, the University of Michigan, and more. You can also search results from a specific website in a similar way. Site:rd.com, anyone? Find out the 9 things you should never Google.