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How to use advanced Google search hacks and tricks

08 Feb 2009

In addition to Google’s Advanced Search page, there are several keywords and modifiers that can be added to search terms to build an advanced search:

Mathematical, Currency, and Time-based Searches

Basic arithmetic (+ – * /):

123 * 4.5
136 / 9

Percentage of:

2% of 10

Raise to a power:

2 ^ 6
2 ** 6

Convert units, number systems or currencies:

15 inches in centimeters
9 in binary
10 american dollars in south african rands

Display the time in a specific location:

time:{name}

Basic and Boolean Searches

Find results containing multiple terms:

{term_a} {term_b} {term_c}

Find results containing an exact phrase:

"{this is a phrase}"

Find results containing either terma OR termb:

{term_a} OR {term_b}
{term_a} | {term_b}

Find results containing terma NEAR termb:

{term_a} NEAR {term_b}

Find results containing terma AND NOT termb:

{term_a} -{term_b}

Find results containing both terma AND termb:

{term_a} +{term_b}

Find results containing a specific word and its synonymns:

~{word}

Find results containing only a specific word’s synonymns, not the word itself:

~{word} -{word}

Find results containing a range of numbers:

{term} {number_a}..{number_b}

Find results containing a phrase with wildcards (e.g. “Douglas Adams wrote *”):

{term} {term} * {term}

Website-Specific Searches

Show all indexed pages for a specific domain:

site:{url}

Find pages that link to a specific URL:

link:{url}

Find pages related to a specific URL:

related:{url}

Show Google’s cached version of a specific URL:

cache:{url}

Show a page containing links to related searches about a URL:

info:{url}

Find only results from a specific domain:

site:{url} {terms}

Content, Link, and Title-Specific Searches

Find results with the specified terms in the link URL or title of links to a website:

allinanchor:{terms}

Find results with only the first specified term in the link URL or title of links to a website:

inanchor:{terms}

Find results with the specified terms in the URL:

allinurl:{terms}

Find results with only the first specified term in the URL:

inurl:{terms}

Find results with the specified terms in the page title:

allintitle:{terms}

Find results with only the first specified term in the page title:

intitle:{terms}

Find results with the specified terms in the page text, not the links or page title:

allintext:{terms}

Find results with only the first specified term in the page text, not the links or page title:

intext:{terms}

Find results with the specified terms in the page links, not the text or title:

allinlinks:{terms}

Find results with only the first specified term in the page links, not the text or title:

inlinks:{terms}

Find results containing the specified filetype:

filetype:{filetype}

Find results not containing the specified filetype:

-filetype:{filetype}

Google Groups

Find results from the specified author:

author:{name}

Find messages from the specified newsgroup:

group:{name}

Find messages with the specified subject:

insubject:{term}

Google News

Find news articles from sources located in the specified location:

location:{name}

Find news articles from specified sources:

source:{name}

Frooge

Find Froogle products from the specified store:

store:{name}

Specialized Information

Search full-text of books:

book:{bookname}

Show a definition for an abbreviation, word, or term:

define:{term}

Show phonebook listings:

phonebook:{name} {state}

Show residential phonebook listings:

rphonebook:{name} {state}

Find movie reviews and showtimes:

movie:{name}

Find stock information from ticker symbols:

stocks:{ticker_symbol}

Find weather information:

weather:{location}

Find an area on a map:

{address}, {city}, {state}

Miscellaneous Tips & Tricks

Find directory indexes (a listing of web server files) for specific topics and with specific filetypes:

{term} intitle:"index of /" {filetype}
php intitle:"index of /" .pdf

Find only images containing faces in a Google Image search result by adding ‘&imgtype=face‘ to the end of the search URL:

http://images.google.com/images?q=google
http://images.google.com/images?q=google&imgtype=face
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