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How to Search Using Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ Button

Do you feel lucky, punk?

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What to Know

  • Go to Google.com, enter a keyword or phrase in the search bar, then select I’m Feeling Lucky.
  • I’m Feeling Lucky takes you to the top-ranking page for your search phrase.
  • Leave the search field blank and hover over I’m Feeling Lucky to see suggestions for searches based on your mood.

This article explains how to use Google’s I’m Feeling Lucky search feature to visit the top-ranking page for your search phrase.

How to Use Google’s I’m Feeling Lucky Button

Clicking I’m Feeling Lucky is handy if you’re confident that the first result in the search engine is likely to be exactly the page you want to find, but it’s not so handy if you know you’re going to be looking at a lot of sites.

Using the I’m Feeling Lucky button is also a common way for people to point out Google bombs. It adds an element of surprise to the joke, but it only works if the Google Bomb is the first result.

How ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ Works

Typically, you type in a phrase, press the Google Search button (or press Return or Enter on your keyboard), and Google returns a results page that shows multiple websites matching your search phrase. The I’m Feeling Lucky button bypasses that search results page and goes directly to the first-ranked page for the search phrase you entered.

Depending on your search query, often the first result is the best one, so clicking the I’m Feeling Lucky button saves you a few extra seconds parsing through the list of search results. Just click the button after you enter your search phrase.

How Did the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ Button Get There?

Many think the button may have been named as a play on the Clint Eastwood line in the movie “Dirty Harry.”

“Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do you?”

The I’m Feeling Lucky button shows up only on the desktop version of Google. You can also access it from the address bar by typing a backslash, then pressing Tab on your keyboard. Type your search phrase and see what happens!

I’m Feeling Something Else: A Nifty Feature

When you first pull up the Google search page but before you enter your search phrase, holding your cursor over the I’m Feeling Lucky button makes it spin wildly with other moods. Those phrases change randomly. For example, you might see “I’m Feeling Curious” or I’m Feeling Doodly.”

Before you enter a search phrase, click this button as it spins and you can see what your luck turns to. If you don’t like the random selection you’re given — maybe you’re not hungry or feeling trendy — move the cursor away and then hover over the button again for a different selection. It’s a fun way to spend a few minutes; you can’t control which selection it lands on, so if you’re looking for something specific, it can get frustrating after awhile.

Using ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ Without a Search Term

If you hover over the I’m Feeling Lucky button and click one of the “I’m Feeling. ” options without entering a search term, Google takes you to a webpage it thinks you might enjoy. If you click I’m Feeling Hungry, Google may show you a page with local restaurant options. If you click I’m Feeling Puzzled, you see a page of puzzles. Each choice delivers related content, and that content changes frequently.

A notable features of a Google web search is the I'm Feeling Lucky button. Use it to find results that are less predictable than those returned in a normal Google search.

Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky”, Truly a Gamble?

  • Roelof van Zwol
  • Herre van Oostendorp

Abstract

With huge quantities of multimedia information becoming available on the Internet everyday, our foremost mechanisms to find information still rely on text-based retrieval systems with their keyword-based query interfaces. However little to nothing is known about the retrieval performance and/or the quality of the user interface of these search engines.

Often when a retrieval system is developed the evaluation focuses either on the retrieval performance analysis of the retrieval strategy, or on the usability testing of the interface offered by the retrieval system. Both experiments are time consuming to set up and often require the same preconditions to be fulfilled, i.e. a test reference collection, and in the case of usability testing respondents, to be available.

The contribution of this article is twofold. It discusses a testbed for the evaluation of a wide variety of retrieval systems that allows both a usability and a retrieval experiment to be conducted in the same platform. Besides greatly reducing the effort needed to set up and perform such experiments, it also allows for the investigation of the relationship between usability testing and retrieval performance analysis of retrieval systems. Secondly, it presents the results of a case study with the testbed, comparing three major search engines available on the Internet.

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