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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: Touch the microphone icon to start a voice search voice_icon_image.
  • Use other Google products:To get to other Google products like Maps, Calendar, and Gmail, touch the apps icon applications icon.
  • Past searches: To see your recent search terms, touch the history icon history_icon_image.
  • 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: Touch More > Search Tools to choose tools to filter results by time, source, color, and translated foreign pages.

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. Touch the Settings icon > 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 touching the microphone icon. 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, just 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

Touch Clear history on this device > 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.

Touch this button to view and delete searches that have been saved to your Web & App Activity page.

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