Refine web searches
You can use symbols or words in your search to make your search results more precise.
- Google Search usually ignores punctuation that isn’t part of a search operator.
- Don’t put spaces between the symbol or word and your search term. A search for
site:nytimes.comwill work, but
Common search techniques
Search social media
@ in front of a word to search social media. For example:
Search for a price
$ in front of a number. For example:
# in front of a word. For example:
Exclude words from your search
- in front of a word you want to leave out. For example,
Search for an exact match
Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example,
Search for wildcards or unknown words
* in your word or phrase where you want to leave a placeholder. For example,
"largest * in the world".
Search within a range of numbers
.. between two numbers. For example,
OR" between each search query. For example,
marathon OR race.
Search for a specific site
site:" in front of a site or domain. For example,
Search for related sites
related:" in front of a web address you already know. For example,
Get details about a site
info:" in front of the site address.
See Google’s cached version of a site
cache:" in front of the site address.
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