Google Search Techniques

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Today someone asked me "How do you search in Google because normally you are able find in Google which I am unable to find. How do you do that ?"

I said, let me share some Google search tips and techniques so that you can be benefited out of it. Here are some note, which you can find easily in Google too.

Exact Phrase (" ") (Double Quotes)

  • What it Does : searches for an exact phrase
  • What to type : "SQL Server Denali"
  • OUTPUT : results that includes the exact phrase "SQL Server Denali"

Excluded Words (-) (Hyphen)

  • What it Does : exclude search results with a particular word or phrase
  • What to type : SQL Server -Denali
  • OUTPUT : results about SQL Server that are not related to Denali

Similar Words (~) (Tilt Sign)

  • What it Does : searches for all word and all its synonyms
  • What to type : ~mobile phone
  • OUTPUT : results with word "phone" as well as "cell","cellular", "wireless", etc

Multiple Words (OR) Type OR manually between words


  • What it Does : searches for webpage that include either word
  • What to type : vacation London or Paris
  • OUTPUT : results with word "Vacation" and either "London" or "Paris"

Excluded Words (…) Three dots

  • What it Does : searches for a range of numbers
  • What to type : SQL Server 19992001
  • OUTPUT : results about SQL Server during 1999 to 2001

define: (Find Meanings)

  • What it Does : defines a word or phrase
  • What to type : define:India
  • OUTPUT : links to definitions of the word "India"

site: (Site Specific)

  • What it Does : searches only particular websites
  • What to type : SQL Server Denali site:org
  • OUTPUT : references to SQL Server Denali found on .org websites

link: (Linked Pages)

  • What it Does : searches for websites that link to a particular website
  • What to type : link:sqlServer-training.com
  • OUTPUT : websites that link to the "http://SQLServer-Training.com" website

intitle: (searches in titles of web pages)

  • What it Does : Restricts your search to the titles of web pages.
  • What to type : intitle:sql server Atlanta
  • OUTPUT : websites that has sql or server or Atlanta in title tag itself

allintitle: (searches in titles of web pages)

  • What it Does : finds pages wherein all the words specified make up the title of the web page
  • What to type : allintitle:sql server Denali
  • OUTPUT : websites that has sql server Denali (all keywords) in title tag itself

inurl: (searches in URL of web pages)

  • Same as title but instead of title, search phrase check url

allinurl: (searches in URL of web pages)

  • Same as title but instead of title, search phrase check url

intext: (Searches only body text)

  • Searches only body text (i.e., ignores link text, URLs, and titles).

allintext: (Searches all keywords only in body text)

  • Searches only body text (i.e., ignores link text, URLs, and titles).

inanchor: (Searches keywords only in links)

    Searches for text in a page’s link anchors. A link anchor is the descriptive text of a link. For example, the link anchor in the HTML code <a href="http://www.oreilly.com>O’Reilly and Associates</a> is "O’Reilly and Associates." [More Info]

    Eg: inanchor:"tom peters"

filetype: (Searches the suffixes or filename extensions)

  • What it Does : Searches the suffixes or filename extensions.
  • What to type : sql server Denali filetype:ppt
  • What to type : "sql server Denali" filetype:ppt
  • OUTPUT : all PPT files, which has sql server Denali (all keywords) in ppt files.
Some basic facts
  • Every word matters. Generally, all the words you put in the query will be used.
  • Search is always case insensitive. A search for [ new york times ] is the same as a search for [ New York Times ].
  • Generally, punctuation is ignored, including @#$%^&*()=+[]\ and other special characters.

More Information from Google

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