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Google Search app for Windows 8

You can quickly search the web and easily access other Google products using the Google Search app for Windows 8.

Don't have the Google Search app yet? Download the Google Search app for your Windows 8 device.

Search tips

  • Voice Search: To start a voice search, tap Microphone voice_icon_image.
  • Use other Google products: To get to other Google products like Maps, Calendar, and Gmail, tap Apps App.
  • Past searches: To see your recent search terms, tap History History.
  • Find a type of information: Use the bar above the search results to filter results into categories like Images, Videos, or News. 
  • Narrow down your results: To choose tools to filter results by time, source, color, and translated foreign pages, tap More and then Search Tools.

How to change your settings

  1. Open up the Google Search app on your Windows 8 device.
  2. Swipe from the right side of the screen to open up the charms menu.
  3. Tap Settings Settings > Settings.
  4. Turn the setting you want to change on or off.

Search settings

Use your voice to search

When voice search is turned on, you can speak your search aloud after tapping Microphone voice_icon_image. When voice search is turned off, the microphone will not appear on your search page.

See results as you type

As you start to type your search term, you’ll see popular search results appear below the search box. If you don't see the results you want, keep typing and the results will update as you type. Learn more about results as you type.

Filter explicit results

To filter or show explicit results, visit the Search Settings page and change the SafeSearch setting.

Past searches

Delete your past searches

Tap Clear history on this device and then Yes.

Stop saving searches to your device

Turn "Record history on this device" on or off.

Manage past searches saved to your Google Account

If you’re signed in, you’ll see a Manage Your Web History button.

Tap this button to view and delete searches that have been saved to your My Activity page.

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