Google has been the search engine of choice for many of your burning (and not so burning) questions. Preference for it is so popular, that whenever you ask someone about a topic, they’d ask you to ‘Google it’. With hundreds of queries made every day, there are times when you may have found the result you wanted, read it, closed it and forgotten about it. Then one day, you may need to retrieve the same page but can’t remember the url or how you generated that search result in the first place!
To get back the search result you found previously, you may check your browser’s history. But if the search was done many days earlier, you may have to start from square one – regoogle it.
If however you have Google History, it’s a whole new different story. As long as you are logged in when doing any type of search, Google History has all the records of your search results alongside a calendar for easier navigation. Not only will you get to see all visited sites recorded, you get to check out all the search queries you made and on which day you made it.
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Retrieving Search History
It is easy to retrieve your search history, just head over to the Google History page and log in with your Google ID.
Once logged in, you will be presented with your latest activity on Google Search, that includes your search keyword and the pages you visited.
On the left column, you have an option to simplify your search history by categories like web, images, news and many more while on the right you can see a calendar for easy navigation so you can specifically check the search query made on a specific date.
Search and ‘Click’ Trends
Now with Google History you can also check your search trends by clicking on ‘Trends’ found on the left menu
From the trend page, you get to see your search behavior, hourly and monthly, as well as the top queries made on Google.
Expanding Google History record
If you like how Google keeps your data and want them to track all of your browsing history even when you don’t use Google Search, you need to download Google Toolbar on your browser. Click on the link ‘Expand your web history’ at the top right corner of the Google History page.
Then click on ‘Expand Web History’ button.
If you are using Chrome browser, there will be no toolbar required since all the features were already built in on Chrome.
Now with Google History, not only you get to find the keywords you used, but you can also see all the websites you opened when you searched the keywords. Trends on the other hand will give you a little insight into your activities on Google Search, including your search behavior at which time of the day and on which search engine.