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Fun DuckDuckGo tricks

harshhhdev profile image Harsh Singh Updated on ・3 min read

DuckDuckGo, it is my personal favourite search engine, and has grown to more and more popularity over the past few years. It has a squeaky clean reputation when it comes to privacy, and it does not sell your data (like Google, Bing, and countless others). It is also open-source, and community driven.

Here are a list of some easter eggs, fun, and silly DuckDuckGo tricks/tips.

Tips/tricks

A few awesome tips and tricks to either try out something silly, or to make your life easier.

!Bang

Just type in "!" infront of a search to open up that website, listed are a few examples

  • !devto (opens Dev)
  • !mdn (opens MDN Web Docs)
  • !yt (opens YouTube)

...and so on, so forth. For a list of all all of these "bangs", visit here

See social media information in results

Just type in "@" infront of a user or organization, and watch the magic

Generate lorem ipsum text

Just type in "lorem ipsum" in the browser.

Change casing

Not the most useful feature, but it exists. Just type in lowercase or uppercase in-front of your search and it will turn in into upper or lower case.

Generate passwords

Type in "password 50" or any other number, and it will automatically generate a secure password for you!

Generate passphrases

If those weird characters like "iCNqGvco43" are too hard to remember for you, which, in all fairness should be, then you can generate a passphrases using "random passphrase" and maybe find something a bit easier to remember :D

URL encoding

You can type in "url encode" in-front of a URL to encode it!

Expand links

With DuckDuckGo, you can just type in "expand" in-front of a shortened link and it will expand it for you!

Shorten links

Just like you can expand links, you can shorten them too! Just type in "shorten" infront of your link :D

Cheatsheets

Add in "cheatsheet" at the end of your search to pull up a cheatsheet

Searching for any calendar

Typing in "calendar" will bring up a simple, boring calendar. Though DuckDuckGo can do so much more. Type in calendar followed by the date (so for example, calendar 17 August 1345) and it will pull up a calendar from there

Generate QR Codes

Add "qr" and then a link and watch it generate a QR code

Find HTML codes

Typing in "HTML chars" will bring up HTML codes for special characters!

Find colour codes

Type in "color codes"

Find certain colours

You can search up a colour code, and DDG will tell you what the colour is/looks like.

(Thanks to the awesome people in the comments for pointing this one out 😉)

Binary conversion

Just type in binary, and add "decimal" at the end for it to convert binary into decimal!

Check the status of a website

Add in "is down?" at the end of your search to get the results

Easter eggs

Some cool little Easter Eggs hiding inside here.

Why should I use this?

Raccoon

Hamburger

Cuil

xkcd

Google

Motherboard

And... that's about it. Thanks for reading or scrolling down here. If I missed something, or you want to show me something else, feel free to write a comment. I'll be replying to all of them 😉

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Lorraine Lee

I've always known DDG to be full of easter eggs, some of which don't last forever. There's one I spotted in the wild some years ago that doesn't still work (last I checked), but I somehow thought to capture a screenshot at the time:
pencil search on duckduckgo
I wasn't aware DDG processed searches differently when the last search term is "cheatsheet". Clearly I've used that feature hundreds of times without realizing it!

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Harsh Singh Author

You seem to be an older DuckDuckGo user, nice!

and yeah, I wasn't aware of it until very recently (as I read in another blog post about it), it's a very handy thing indeed :D

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Lorraine Lee

Here's another color-related utility: duckduckgo.com/?q=%23cf4f23

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Harsh Singh Author

Awesome. I'll add it with credits to you :)

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Lorraine Lee

Humorous, maybe unintentionally, not sure

Avogadro's phone number

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Harsh Singh Author

I don't really get how it's funny... lol.

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Lorraine Lee

You look up Avogadro's number and get Avogadro's phone number.

Avogadro's number is an important physical constant.

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Harsh Singh Author

Oh, haha. I didn't know much about that just like how I don't know much about anything

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Becca Collins

Haha great :)))

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Harsh Singh Author

Thanks so much! Made by day :)

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Justin

Very Nice

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Harsh Singh Author

Appreciate it!!!!

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Krisan Alifari

This is awesome!

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Harsh Singh Author

Thanks for your kind words :D

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Michael Gale

This is actually so sick ha
need this as a cheat sheet itself!

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Harsh Singh Author

Hehe thanks! Made me happy :)

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Andika Dinata

Nice article!

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Harsh Singh Author

Thank you so much ❤️