Fun DuckDuckGo tricks

31 October, 2020

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.

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Tips/tricks

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

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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', checkout duckduckgo.com/bang.

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See social media information in results

Just type in '@' infront of a user or organisation, and watch the magic.

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Generate placeholder text

Just type in 'lorem ipsum' in the browser.

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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.

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Generate passwords

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

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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.

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URL encoding

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

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

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

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Cheatsheets

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

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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

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Generate QR Codes

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

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Find HTML codes

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

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Find colour codes

Type in 'color codes'

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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 :wink:)

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Binary conversion

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

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Check the status of a website

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

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Easter eggs

Some cool little Easter Eggs hiding inside here.

...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 😉.