Google Video Search

Looking for something on the web that moves and grooves?  In addition to web pages and images, you can also use Google Search to look for videos.  This is really useful if you’re looking for a do-it-yourself tutorial (a.k.a. “how to do X”), and it isn’t all that different from doing a regular search on Google Search.

How to search for videos on Google Search

  1. Go to in your web browser.

  2. Perform a regular search using Google Search.  (See our How to Search on Google Search tutorial if you need help.)

  3. When you get to the results page, click Videos in the menu under the search bar.

  4. You’ll now see a list of videos that are related to your search terms.  Like with most other search types on Google Search, you can click Web, Books, Images, Shopping, etc. to quickly and easily change the type of content that your results show up as.

    You can also click Search Tools and use the drop-down menus highlighted below to filter your search results according to:

    – how long the video is (e.g. less than 4 minutes, 4 to 20 minutes, or over 20 minutes)
    – when the video was created (e.g. last week, last month, last year, and so on)
    – the quality of the video’s picture (e.g. is it grainy/fuzzy or crisp and smooth?)
    – whether or not the video is closed captioned
    – the website that the video is from (e.g. YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, VideoJug, etc.)

  5. Like a regular Google Search, a Google Video Search will only display a certain number of results on a page at a time.  If you scroll to the small graphic at the bottom of a results page, you can click Previous to go to the previous page of results, click Next to go to the next page of results, or click one of the numbers highlighted in blue to go to a specific page of results.

  6. Click on either the thumbnail picture of a video or the video’s title to go to the web page that contains that video.  Depending on the website, the video may automatically start playing, or you may have to move your mouse over it or even click it to get it to go.

And those are the basics of how to search for videos using Google Search!