To celebrate special occasions and holidays, Google publishes fun animated doodles on its main search engine page. If you use the search engine regularly, you may have noticed the Google logo is styled differently at times. Clicking on the logo will land you on the Google search results for the occasion that the search engine is observing. Google typically changes its logo to a ‘doodle’ for holidays, anniversaries, and to mark the significance of special personalities. If you’re lucky, you may catch a fun game on the doodle itself. We say lucky because Google Doodles get taken down from the main search engine page after 24 hours. However, there are other ways of viewing older doodles. In this article, we show you to view the current Google Doodle and previous doodles that you may have missed.
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How to view the current Google Doodle
In order to view Google’s current Doodle, all you need to do is visit the Google homepage. Some doodles are also visible as the Google header on the search results page. Hovering the cursor on the Doode will reveal the occasion it is marking. Clicking on the doodle will take you to the Google search results page of the occasion in question. You can browse through the results to know more about it.
View previous doodles in the Google Doodles archive
The easiest way to access past Doodles is through Google’s archived collection of its Doodles. Simply visit https://www.google.com/doodles and click on ‘Doodles Archive’. By default, the Doodles are listed in reverse chronological order, meaning the most recent Doodle will appear first followed by the Doodle before that. You can search for a particular Doodle by entering the occasion or the date it was published in the search bar.
Sometimes, Google publishes interactive Doodles, where users can click on the logo to play a game or watch a video. You can play off the Doodle Games by clicking on the ‘Interactive’ section in the archives. The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and the 2012 Olympics doodles are some of our favourite Doodle games. Google also hosts an annual Doodle competition for different countries. Kids across different grades participate in this competition and the winner is decided by a public vote. Last year, the national winner received a college scholarship worth Rs 5,00,000, a tech package worth Rs 2,00,000, and several Google collectables and hardware products.
Google has hosted the ‘Doodle for Google’ contest in India since 2009, and kids through Grades 1 to 10 across the country send in their innovative doodles based on a pre-decided theme. A special jury, which contains some Google executives, releases the shortlist of the finalists which are put up for a public vote to decide the contest winner.
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This is how you can view the current Google Doodle and previous doodles that you may have missed on the day they were published. Apart from hosting the collection of past Doodles, the Doodle Archives also contain informational tidbits about the history and significance of every Doodle. You can honestly spend hours on the archive going through the different animations.
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