If you ever get stuck on a Google search, use these Google search tips to discover the information you're looking for.
Depending on your search, the format of your results may vary. Google chooses different types of information based on what it thinks will be most useful to you. This means your results could include maps, a portion of a Wikipedia article, lists of books or movies, and more.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn your way around the different parts of the results page.
Use the search box to continue your investigation. Search for different keywords to refine your search results, or try a different topic all together. You don't have to go back to the Google homepage to search again.
When you search for a term related to a business or product, Google may present you with a map and several nearby businesses related to your search term.
Sometimes, the results page features a large number of ads or sponsored posts. While some ads can be distracting, misleading, or downright annoying, others can be helpful.
The method Google uses to determine which ads will be relevant to you (and your search) is effective and generally provides useful results. Just remember to use your judgment and evaluate everything you see.
Just because a website paid to post an ad doesn't mean it's the best or the most reliable resource.
Was your search successful? Your search results can include webpages, images, and many other types of content that have some relevance to what you're looking for.
To view a search result, click the one you want.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about the types of content you can search for by using the options above the search results.
Under All, you'll find results from all the content types (including images and news articles) but mostly webpages that match your search terms.
It may help to think of this option as a summary, plus a preview of what you can find under some of the other content types.
Google Images lets you browse pictures that match your search terms. If you want to see the full-sized version of an image (as well as the website it came from), all you have to do is click the one you want.
You can also click Search tools to filter the results by subject, size, color, and more.
Visit News to view news articles that match your search terms. Most of the results come from well-known websites like CNN.com, but they can also come from other sources (like blogs and local news providers).
In Videos, you'll find videos that relate to your search terms from video-hosting sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and more. Simply click a video to view it.
Here, you'll find results for products that match your search terms. You can even use the Search tools to filter the results by price, brand name, and whether the product is in stock nearby. This is a great resource for shopping online when you don't know where to find what you're looking for.
Click here to search for maps, books, flights, and more.