Google’s URL Spellchecker

    October 17, 2007

Google started to sometimes show URL suggestions if you used the search box as “address box” but mistyped the address.

Google URL Spellchecker

 An example: when you enter the query, Google will return:

No results found for

However, there are results from websites with similar addresses:


At other times, mistyping a URL will return a normal spellchecking result. E.g. entering into Google at this time returns “Did you mean:”, showing the snippet of below.

Ionut Alex. Chitu, who noticed this new behavior, comments on the reason why Google might have introduced this special result type:

Many people don’t know the difference between Google’s search box and the browser’s address bar. This confusion is accentuated by the fact that the address bar is also a search box in some cases and Google, like most search engines, steal the focus from the address bar.