Search for exact words or phrases
For the occasions when you want to search for very specific words, you can use the Verbatim tool so that Google searches using the exact words you entered. For example, if you're searching for the phrase
to be or not to be, Verbatim mode will only return websites that have all of those words in that exact order, instead of sites that have those words somewhere on the page.
How to use Verbatim mode
- On the search results page for your query, click Search tools.
- Click All Results.
- Click Verbatim.
When to use Verbatim mode
While Verbatim mode is great for finding exact phrases, it isn't recommended for all searches. The searches you make on Google are usually improved to help minimize your time spent searching and get you the information you really want. Here are some of the improvements Google usually makes, which aren't available in Verbatim mode:
- Spelling corrections and alternative spellings
- Personalized results using information such as sites you’ve visited before
- Synonyms of your search terms to find related results, or words with the same stem, like "running" when you search for