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Means to find more info in Google. Part 02.

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First Things to Remember

1. Google returns only pages that match all your search terms.
2. Google returns pages that match your search terms exactly.
3. Google returns pages that match variants of your search terms.
4. Some common words, called “stop words” (such as the, on, where, how, de, la, as well as certain single digits and single letters) generally don't add meaning to a search.
5. Google limits queries to 32 words.
6. Google favors results that have your search terms near each other.
7. Google gives higher priority to pages that have the terms in the same order as in your query.
8. Google is NOT case sensitive; it shows both upper- and lowercase results.
9. Google ignores some punctuation and special characters, including ! ? , . ; [ ] @ / # < >*.
10. A term with an apostrophe (single quote, ') doesn't match the term without an apostrophe.

Basic Operators

forces words to be included in search results.
prevents a search term to show in results,

returns documents with one of the given terms,

" "
using quotes forces google to search for the exact phrase

allow to search also for synonyms of the given word.

means every word.

Used to search in a range of numbers, 1940..1945

Advanced google operators

Returns documents modified in the given time interval. Dates should be entered in julian format
letters daterange: 2454091-2454101 find letters in the last ten days of 2006

returns links to documents with the given file type.
Currently officially supported file types are pdf, ps, wk1, wk2, wk3, wk4, wk5, wki, wks, wku, lwp, mw, xls, ppt, doc, wks, wps, wdb, wri, rtf, swf, ans, txt, but other are supported as well, like xml, cpp, java etc.

restricts the results to the given domain.

shows the cached version of given webpage.

lists webpages that link to the given webpage.

returns pages that google somehow thiks are related to the given page.

returns some informations about the given web page. Typically website and description.

returns the definition of a given word.

search in residential phone book.

returns stock info:

weather informations for the given city.

returns all movies related to the search term given.

you can search for flights inside USA using the airport code (does not work for every airport).

SEO-oriented Operators

Search for documents with the given words in their title. This operator cannot be combined with others.

Search for documents with the first word after the intitle operator in their title.

Search for documents with the given words in their text. This operator cannot be combined with others.

Search for documents with the first word after the intext operator in their text.

Search for documents with the given words in their url. This operator cannot be combined with others.

Search for documents with the first word after the inurl operator in their url.

Search for documents with the given words in an anchor. This operator cannot be combined with others.

Search for documents with the first word after the operator in an anchor.

Google Calculator Guide

+ – * / % ^
you can use Google as a calculator, using standard symbols,

sqrt,nth root ofx

sin, cos, arctan, tan…
google calculator supports various trigonometic functions, expecting a radians value, that can be expressed also using the pi constant:

returns natural (base e) logarithm:

returns base 10 logarithm:

returns n factorial:

Numbers can be entered also in hexadecimal, octal and binary base, using 0x, 0o and 0b prefixes, for example 5 +0xf+0b1001


Google supports a lot of conversion tools, here is a small guide:

in degrees / in radians
you can convert radians to degrees:

in hex / in binary / in octal / in decimal
you can convert to each of the given bases: 16 in hex , 16 in octal, 16 in binary, 0×11 in decimal
you can also use 2007 in roman numerals

distance conversions
you can use 100miles in km , 1m in mm, but also 200000 km in light-second etc.

speed, time, temperature

100mph in kph
1 month in seconds
280 kelvin in celsius
50 fahrenheit in celsius

3 € in $ or 3 euros in dollars


3 teaspoons in oz
1 cup + 1 tablespoon in teaspoon

This text is shortened with additions from :
Google Search Tips (Ultimate Google Guide)
..... you find lot of examples too...............

Another good Google Guide with examples
Interactive online Google tutorial and references - Google Guide


I would disagree with item 1.

If Google only returned items which contained all search terms then adding a 'plus' sign to an item wouldn't change the results but it does. In fact, forcing Google to only include items which contain a specific word (using the plus symbol) is very useful. I find using the minus sign also very useful for preventing unwanted junk.


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