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Tools in Hiding
Posted by Alison Trost on March 1, 2010 at 9:35 AM.

The next time you search for something on Google, try this: When the results come up, go to the upper left hand corner of the screen and right beside the word “Web” click on “Show options.”

Look down the list of options that appears on the left side of the screen. Toward the bottom you’ll find “Wonder wheel” – click on that.

So far, it’s just a hidden tool that shows related search possibilities in a graphical format. But as you follow your curiosity and click through a few more words and phrases, notice two things. First, the list of results keeps changing to match the new topic. And second, you can always jump back to one of the hubs from earlier in your search. Play around, and have fun.

If you prefer a more methodical introduction, click here for step-by-step instructions.

You can also listen to a Google software engineer’s explanation in a 30-second video by clicking here.

And while you’re there, check out the “Timeline” option as well. It’s particularly interesting if your search for something with a history, such as “steel.”

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