Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Explore Google Search - Autocomplete


As you type in the search box on Google Web Search , Google's autocomplete algorithm offers searches that might be similar to the one you're typing. Start to type [ new york ] -- even just [ new y ] -- and you'll be able to pick searches for New York City, New York Times, and New York University (to name just a few).

Why it's helpful

  • Rest your fingers.
    The algorithm predicts search queries in real-time, so typing [ golden gate b ] and then clicking 'golden gate bridge' is faster and easier than typing it out.
  • Catch a mistake.
    Did you mean: Melbourne Australia? Start searching for [ melborn ] and Google's algorithm will present more common spellings for what you might be trying to find.
  • Repeat a favorite search.
    If you're signed in to your Google Account and have Web History enabled, the algorithm may show some predicted queries based on searches that you've done in the past. Data that you send to Google is protected by Google's privacy policy .
  • Find other useful information.
    Even if you've disabled Google Instant, there are some features in autocomplete to connect you immediately with the information you're looking for. For example, if you type [ weather brus ] you may see the current weather in Brussels, Belgium, described right in the list of search terms. This also works for flight status, local time zones, area codes, package tracking, certain answers, definitions, calculations, plus currency and unit conversions.

Explore Google Search - Autocomplete

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