How can I get started with Wolfram|Alpha?
What can I do with Wolfram|Alpha?
Why doesn't Wolfram|Alpha understand what I asked?
You might need to ask it differently, or it might be that Wolfram|Alpha doesn't yet cover what you're asking about. Try making your query the minimum number of words needed to communicate. Try different words or notations. And be sure to check your spelling.
How can I get help with Wolfram|Alpha?
How do I report a bug or give feedback about Wolfram|Alpha?
Just use the feedback form on the bottom of every results page. You can also have discussions on the Wolfram|Alpha Community Forum.
Is there a manual for Wolfram|Alpha?
How can I optimize my queries to Wolfram|Alpha?
Use as few words as possible to communicate. Use unambiguous whole words. Just describe what you're interested in; you don't need to explicitly ask a question. For more guidance, take a look at the Examples.
How does Wolfram|Alpha deal with linguistic ambiguity?
It ranks possible interpretations, gives results for the one it thinks is most plausible, and gives links to click to get other ones. It often uses your location to rank interpretations—say, favoring cities that are near you.
When Wolfram|Alpha prompts for input, what can I enter?
Pretty much anything you could put into the main Wolfram|Alpha input field. For instance, if you're asked for a density, you can either give an explicit number, or a response like "water".
Will I always get the same answer to a particular question?
Usually, but not necessarily. Some results are time-dependent, or may depend on your location. In addition, Wolfram|Alpha is continually being updated and enhanced.
How does Wolfram|Alpha know where I am located?
It uses GeoIP, tracing back from the IP address it picks up when your browser contacts the Wolfram|Alpha server. The location it deduces should be correct to within about five miles.
Why does Wolfram|Alpha use the wrong location for me?
Wolfram|Alpha deduces your location from your IP address. If you are using a VPN, satellite internet, or some other complex form of network, you may have to correct your location explicitly by including it in your input.
How can I tell Wolfram|Alpha my location?
Wolfram|Alpha should automatically know your approximate location from GeoIP. If for some reason it does not, you can include a city or latitude, longitude specification in your input.
Does Wolfram|Alpha handle languages other than English?
Not yet. This is planned for the future.
Can I interact with Wolfram|Alpha graphics?
With a Wolfram|Alpha Pro subscription and the free Wolfram CDF Player plugin, you can get dynamic versions of existing Wolfram|Alpha output with interactive controls, 3D rotation, animation, and much more, right in your browser. Learn more »