- Phrases in quotation marks.
- Default Boolean is AND.
- Use OR explicitly.
- Negate using the minus sign (should not contain). Minus must not be separated by a space.
- Use a + to make an explicit inclusion of a short word ignored by Google e.g. +the.
- Also search with synonyms by using the ~ character.
- Number ranges are separated by .. e.g. 5..10. If the second number is missing it will be a maximum or minimum.
- There are no stemming wildcards - so * only is a wildcard for a complete word.
Special SyntaxThese allow you to focus your search onto certain elements of the web.
intitle:limits the search to the titles of webpages.
inanchor:searches only in hyperlinks
intext:searches only in the page text - not anchors, URLs.
insite:restrict the search to a particular domain.
inurl:limits the search to a particular page.
link:searches for pages that link to that URL.
cache:searches the cache - this is useful if the page has moved/been deleted.
filetype:searches for suffixes of that filetype e.g. ppt.
related:finds related pages.
define:finds related definitions.