Almost everyone knows about the barrel roll, a famous feature found on the Google search engine which will quite literally flip the page on its head when you type “do a barrel roll” into the search box. It’s quite a commonly known feature – probably the reason being the suggested results are filled with searches like “do a barrel roll 20 times” and “do a barrel roll 30 times”. Some people just like the rush of adrenaline you get from being so dizzy you feel like you’re going to puke.
The hidden features of DuckDuckGo, the private search engine rival to Google, are much harder to find information on – and I’ll admit, much more useful. Barrel rolls can be fun once, or even twice, but when you want features which will actually help with your quest for information and not distract you, look no further than DuckDuckGo. Let’s go ahead and check out the top 10 shocking secret features found on this search engine!
Searching for places, restaurants, or locations will surely turn up results on DuckDuckGo! Maps are integrated within the very results of the engine, allowing a search like “pizza places in Denver” to turn up results quickly and accurately, with reviews and results powered by Tripadvisor. Many of the DuckDuckGo features exist to make your web browsing experience more centralized and focused, and this one is no exception! You don’t even have to leave the search page if you decide not to – or if you’re just really didn’t want to click that link to view the reviews.
You won’t have to worry about traveling – no pun intended – to different websites when you want to travel to a 5 star restaurant near you! This feature is a must have for any travelers and foodies! Rather than spending your time surfing the web to find good food, you can spend your time looking at the images of delicious tacos, burgers, Chinese food, and more which turn up in the results.
#9: Meanings and Definitions
DuckDuckGo is no stranger to definitions – the very name of the search engine has been a subject of speculation in the online community. Everyone can “Google it”, but it’s rare to find somebody who asks you to “DuckDuckGo something” – that just doesn’t sound right to our ears! That could be why they added the feature of “Meanings”, a tab which attempts to educate people on specific terms which may have multiple definitions or historical significance!
All you have to do is search for a term and if DuckDuckGo decides the meaning is relevant, a tab will be displayed at the very right beneath the search bar, titled “Meaning”. From there you can see all the potential definitions the term you searched for has! Even a simple search for an emoticon can turn up over 12 different results and common references to the term in pop culture!
With DuckDuckGo, relevant news to your search result will appear compiled at the top of the page! No more spending hours surfing through news websites, only to get distracted by the blaring video advertisements which these sites are rife with. All you have to do is search up a topic with the word “news” attached to the end of your search, and voilà! A custom tab will manifest, showcasing the latest news regardless of the topic! Another benefit of having these custom tabs is the collection and filtration of only relevant news to the topic you want to know about. DuckDuckGo filters your results to only include information and articles which are related to the topic you searched for.
This feature is a must have for anyone who wants quick and easy access to the latest information on any topic you can think of – from Dogecoin, to Zebras – just add “news” to your search results and DuckDuckGo will tell you what’s going on. There’s no doubt that features like these are superb for the busy working man or woman, trying to catch up on the latest news without getting distracted by gossip or celebrity hot takes!
#7: Advanced Keyboard Shortcuts
The more traditional computer users will go crazy over this feature! If you’ve been using computers for a long time, you’ll probably recall that mice are a newer invention; back in the day, you navigated with your keyboard! And much to the displeasure and mockery of modern computer geeks, some people still do. But for those who do, this feature is undoubtedly meant for you! DuckDuckGo features keyboard shortcuts which allow advanced navigation of search results, as opposed to using the mouse!
A simple search will turn up a multitude of shortcuts which allow complete navigation of pages – and with a bit of mastery, showing off your skills will be a breeze! You’ll be able to browse the internet with one hand free, typing away and watching the pages of search results speed on past.
If you enjoy cooking, then this feature is for you! Just add the word “recipes” to your search, and recipe results will appear no matter what you searched for! Chicken Casserole? Tacos? Enchiladas? All you have to do is add the word recipes on to your search and a custom “Recipes” tab will appear showing reviews, recipe titles, thumbnail images of the delicious food, and even a detailed taste profile for each recipe!
For any of the chefs in the family, this search feature is an absolute must! Especially if you can’t be bothered to click off the homepage of your browser, but still want to search for specific recipes. Anyone could fall into the trap of convenience, and when the trap is as lugubrious and useful as DuckDuckGo’s Recipes feature – who wouldn’t want to?
#5: Private Auto Suggest
Google is famous for their auto suggest results, but DuckDuckGo provides this feature with a special twist! Whereas the Google auto suggestions are compiled by tracking the results and personal information of everyone who visits the search engine, the DuckDuckGo auto suggest results are compiled completely anonymously!
This means no more worrisome search results which “follow” you around like a hound dog on a scent! If you’re searching with DuckDuckGo, you can be guaranteed that your searches are anonymous and secure. One of the most well known DuckDuckGo features, after all, is their security – it’s the main reason why DuckDuckGo has been able to compete with the search engine behemoth, Google. And when you can be confident that even your searches aren’t being tracked or compiled, it makes DuckDuckGo seem even better.
#4: Instant Answers
A really fantastic feature which DuckDuckGo boasts is their “instant answers” feature, which displays unbiased and reliable information to your questions at the top of their page. This eliminates having to click on sketchy websites and watching weird, clickbait advertisements in order to find your information. Want to know what rhymes with duck? Well truck, buck, and chuck of course! Just simply typing in “what rhymes with duck?” will propagate your results in a matter of seconds, all without leaving the search engine. Talk about convenient!
This feature contains over 1235 databases for easy access to the ASCII table, an advanced calculator, and cheat sheets for almost every popular program imaginable! With that many databases, finding the information you need and want to find becomes much easier – especially when it appears at the top of your results in an easy to read layout. Finding cheat sheets and researching has never been more simple.
#3: Category Pages
Category pages are similar to the instant answers feature, but in list format and within a particular category. This is an easy way to find lists of items contained in certain categories. A good example would be searching for “The Simpsons Characters”, or for “presidents of the united states”, or something of a similar nature. All you have to do to access this is type a similar categorical search into DuckDuckGo, and press enter.
From there, a tab will be displayed under the search box that says “List”, and will showcase an automatically, algorithmically compiled list of the results you were looking for! Characters from television shows, you name it – the list of lists is almost endless. Features like this can save you in trivia games, as well! No more forgetting who the 30th president of the united states was. A quick search on DuckDuckGo for “presidents of the united states” shows that the 30th was Calvin Coolidge. Research and collecting information has never been easier.
No, this feature isn’t related to firearms in any way whatsoever, despite the name! Bangs are actually commands which are easily accessible through the search engine in order to perform your searches directly on other engines or websites!
With over one thousand different bang commands, you can almost search anywhere on the web through the DuckDuckGo search engine interface. A bang command looks similar to a reverse exclamation! If, for example, you wanted to search for shoes on Amazon, you would simply type “!amazon shoes” into DuckDuckGo, and press enter. From there, the engine will redirect you to Amazon where your search for shoes will have been automatically entered and the results will be displayed!
#1: Submit Your Own Results
This might be a bit confusing, but listen up – you can submit your very own bangs, as the DuckDuckGo developers call them, to the search engine! Google may be the reigning King of Search, but could be overtaken soon with the features and potential expansion of the DuckDuckGo engine. With over 13,564 bangs and counting, the DuckDuckGo databases are almost as complete as is humanly possible! Almost any popular website you regularly search on, you can search through DuckDuckGo. News, shops, YouTube, and even other search engines – DuckDuckGo has bangs for them all.
If, however, you tried to find a website and failed, there’s no reason to give up hope. Don’t go back to using Google just yet, because DuckDuckGo isn’t done. DuckDuckGo allows users to submit bangs which the search engine doesn’t feature yet, adding to a constantly expanding database! Just fill out a simple form and the DuckDuckGo developers will review your custom bang, deciding if it’s important and relevant to the engine. Regardless of their decision, DuckDuckGo will notify you, telling you if your bang was accepted or not. Eventually, there could be a term for every website you need to search on – because DuckDuckGo keeps getting better! With features like these, constant expansion, and advanced new features being added every day, there’s really no reason to use another engine.