How to Use Google's "I'm Feeling Lucky" Button

Do you feel lucky, punk?

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One of the most iconic features of the Google search screen is the I'm Feeling Lucky button that appears next to the Google Search button. If you've been apprehensive about trying it, don't be. It might save you some time.

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?"

Maybe.

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How 'I'm Feeling Lucky' Works

You know how regular Google works, right? 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.

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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.

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 Stellar or I'm Feeling Generous.

Before you enter a search phrase, click this button as it spins and 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.