Google Search Notes






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Google Search Notes

Google Search Notes


Key Web Tips

Search operators

  • foo OR bar (AND is assumed)
  • foo -bar excludes results including bar
  • foo +bar results must include bar
  • foo ~bar uses synonyms of bar as well as the word itself
  • Hyphenation finds all forms, including hyphenate, single words, or phrases
  • You can use a star (*) even within quotes

Search Filters

  • Force query to appear in text of documents: allintext:foo bar
    • Variant: intext: foo bar, only foo must be in text)
  • Force query to appear in title of documents: allintitle:foo bar
    • Variant: intitle: foo bar, only foo must be in title)
  • Force query to appear in URL: allinurl:foo bar
    • Variant: inurl: foo bar, only foo must be in URL)
  • Find a specific filetype: ext:pdf
    • filetype may be used instead of ext)
    • Variant: Do not find a specific filetype: -filetype:pdf
  • Search a range of numbers: 1..2007
  • Restrict search to a particular site: site:foo.com (seems to work funny for images?)
  • Find similar pages: related:foo.com
  • Get Google's cached page copy: cache:foo.com

Page Resources

  • Get info on a page: info:food
  • Find links to a page: link:foo.com


  • Conversion: 3 feet in meters (in is the keyword, though seemingly not necessary)

Special Features

  • Find flights: phl sea
  • Get weather for an area: weather foo
  • Travel conditions: phl airport
  • Search for movie showtimes: movie:contact
  • Residential phonebook: rphonebook: joe PA
  • Phonebook: phonebook: joe PA
  • Get a definition: define:foo
  • Search book full text: book foo

Google will also recognize area codes, some package tracking codes, flight codes, vehicle codes, patents, aircraft registration numbers, UPC codes, and FCC IDs

Key Groups Tips

  • Find messages by someone: author:Joe
  • Find messages for a specific group: group:foo
  • Find messages with query in subject: @@insubject:foo

Key News Tips

  • Find articles for a given location: location:foo

Interesting Searches

  • For common web proxies:
    • inurl:”nph-proxy.cgi” “start using cgiproxy”
    • inurl:”nph-proxy.cgi” “Start browsing through this CGI-based proxy”
  • For exposed content:
    • -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “Counting Crows”
  • Find faces:
    • Append &imgtype=face to standard Google Image search. Doesn't seem to generally find the person you're looking for though. Keep in mind most of the Image Search stuff is reporting linked-to items.
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