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 www.google.com 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!


Google Image Search

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so trying to search for pictures on the Internet by looking for text-based web pages that they might be on usually isn’t the fastest or most efficient method.  Fortunately, Google Search — like most other search engines — can do this background work for you, finding pictures based on their name or their surrounding text on the web page that they’re on.

How to do a Google Image Search

  1. Click in your web browser’s address bar and type in www.google.com.
  2. In the top-right corner, click Images.
  3. Click in the search box and type in what you’re looking for.  As you do so, Google Search will give you suggestions on what you might be looking for.  You can click one of the suggestions to search using those terms, or click the search button () to search for exactly what you typed in.
  4. Underneath the search box on the results page, you can easily switch to searching for another type of content by clicking Web, Shopping, Maps, Videos, etc.  You can also click Search Tools and use the drop-down menus to filter your search results by:- The size of the image
    – The general colour of the image
    – The type of image it is (photo, profile picture, drawing, animation, etc.)
    – When the image was created (a month ago, a year ago, 3 years ago, etc.)
    – How you’re allowed to use the image (copy it, edit it, not use it to make money, etc.)You can also click the search terms above the actual results to add those terms to your search.

  5. Unlike the regular version of Google Search, Google Image Search displays all of your results on the same page.  If you get to the bottom of the page and still haven’t found quite what you’re looking for, click Show More Results to see more pictures.
  6. Click an image to select it and bring up a screen with options on what you can do with it.  The numbered explanations below the screenshot will be your guide.

    1. Deselect – Click the “X” here to deselect this image and go back to your search results.

    2. Origin Website – Click here to go to the main page of the website that this image comes from.

    3. Image Size – Click here to see other versions of this image that are a different size.

    4. Search by Image – Click here to have Google Search guess what this image is most related to, and then search for other related content (websites, videos, news stories, etc.).

    5. Visit Page – Click here to go to the exact web page that the image is on.

    6. View Image – Click here to look at the image file itself, without any outside distractions.

    7. Previous Image – Click here to quickly look at the previous search result.

    8. Next Image – Click here to quickly look at the next search result.

    9. Related Images – Here, you’ll see thumbnail versions of images that Google Search thinks are similar to the one you are looking at now. Click one to quickly look at it.

And those are the basics of how to perform a Google Image Search!


Google Search Settings

Sure, Google Search is really simple and convenient to use from the get-go.  But there are a few quick and easy things that you can do to tweak Google Search so that it works just the way you want it to.  You can tell Google Search to keep you away from naughty results, or to give you more results at once.  You can even change what languages your results will be in.  Give them a try!

How to change your Google Search settings

  1. Click on your web browser’s address bar and type in www.google.com.
  2. When you reach the main page, click Settings in the lower-right corner, and then click Search Settings.
  3. The first tab that will come up is of settings that affect your Search Results.  You can click on that phrase to select this tab if you go to another one.  The explanations below the screenshot will tell you what each of the features at each number means.

    1. SafeSearch Filters – Click the check box beside “Filter explicit results”, and Google will do its best to not accidentally show you any websites, videos, or pictures that have to do with nudity or pornography.

    2. Google Instant Results – This setting governs whether or not Google Search will display possible results as you type in what you’re looking for. Click the button beside the option you want to use.

    Only if my computer is fast enough: this will automatically turn Instant Results on or off based on how smoothly your computer and Internet connection are running.

    Always show Instant Results: this will make Google Search always attempt to show you possible search results as you type in what you’re looking for.

    Never show Instant Results: this will prevent Google Search from showing you possible search results as you type in what you’re looking for. You will have to enter your search terms in full, and then click Google Search.

    3. Results per page – Click on different areas of the slider to have Google Search display 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, or 100 search results on any single page.

    Note that having more results per page may make it easier to find what you’re looking for (since you get to see more results at once and not have to skip back and forth between results pages so often), but it will slow down Google Search a bit as it takes more time to retrieve and sort all of those results at once.

    ​Also note that if “Instant Results” is currently enabled, you can’t change this setting. You will always see 10 results per page.

    4. Where results open – Click the check box here to make it so that each time you click on a search result, it will open a new window in your web browser. This is useful if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, because you can check each result to see if it’s the one you want without losing your whole list of results.

    5. Save/Cancel – Click Save if you’ve made any changes that you would like to keep. Otherwise, click Cancel.

  4. If you click the Languages tab, you can set the language of your interface on Google Search, as well as choose to have Google Search return results that are in certain languages and not others.Under “Which language should Google products use?”, click the button beside the language that you want the menu items on Google Search to be in.  You can also click See More to see further options, or click See Less to limit your options to the most common ones.  There are some humourous options here such as “Hacker”, “Pirate”, and “Elmer Fudd”, so try them out if you want a laugh!Under “Currently showing results in:”, you can see the languages of content that will show up in your Google Search results.  Click Edit to show a list of languages that you can include or exclude from your Google Search results.  Click the check box beside a language to add content of that language to your search results.NOTE: because this is Google.com (the American version of the website), English will be selected by default and cannot be deselected.

    When you’re done making changes, click Save to keep them or click Cancel if you’d rather not.

  5. Clicking Help will take you to a new page where you get further help on how to use Google Search.  Hopefully you won’t need it, seeing as we’re walking you through how to do it and all, but it might be worth a try if something comes up and you get stuck.

And those are the basic settings that you can use to adjust how Google Search works for you.  Try them out!


How to Search with Google Search

How to Search on Google Search

Google Search’s popularity lies in its simplicity and ease of use.  It doesn’t have too many fancy bells and whistles to fool around with… not that you’ll need to do so, though.  Google Search will usually do the heavy lifting for you, giving you suggestions on what you might be searching for, or letting you go straight to the most relevant result with a single mouse click.  If you want to search for something besides a web page, you can do that, too.

Usually, Google Search will display search results based on how relevant they are to your search terms, with the first terms holding the most relevance and the later terms holding lesser relevance.  For example, searching for “turtle and hare” will give you slightly different results than searching for “hare and turtle” because of how Google Search prioritizes the words “turtle” and “hare” in each case.  Also, Google Search will usually prioritize key terms and not smaller words such as “and”, “for”, “but”, or “the”.

How to Use Google Search

  1. Type www.google.com into your web browser’s address bar.

  2. Click inside the search box highlighted in the screenshot below, and then type in what you want to search for.

  3. For this step and the next, we’ll assume that the “Instant Results” feature is turned on.  (You can turn it off by going to Settings > Search Settings.  See our Google Search Settings tutorial to see exactly how to do it.)

    As you type in your search terms, Google Search will try to guess what you’re searching for.  Possible search terms will show up in a drop-down menu below the search box.  You can click one to search for that term, or if you move your mouse over it to highlight it and then click I’m Feeling Lucky, you will go straight to the web page that Google Search ranks as the most relevant result for that search.

    If none of the suggestions match what you’re trying to search for, click the search button () or press the “Enter” key on your keyboard to search for exactly what you typed in.

  4. Either clicking a search term or confirming a custom search will display results below the search box.  Additionally, if Google Search can reasonably figure out what you’re trying to search for as you type it in, it will automatically display relevant results.  Click on one of the large headings highlighted in blue to go to that web page.

  5. You can scroll to the bottom of any results page for a few more options.  First, you can see popular searches that are related to what you’re looking for.  Click a word or phrase highlighted in blue here to try a new search with those terms.

    More importantly, you can switch between pages of results (since Google Search only fits a certain number of search results on each page).  Click Previous to go to the previous page of results, or click Next to go to the next page of results.  Additionally, you can click any of the numbers in the graphic to jump to a specific page of results.

  6. You can also find a few options at the top of any results page.  Click Web (pages), Videos, Images, Books, etc. to look for content in that form that is related to your search terms.

    You can also click Search Tools for a few more options, like only getting search results that were created within a certain time period (last week, last month, last year, etc.), or that match your search terms word-for-word.

And those are the basics of how to search for something on the Internet using Google Search!