Google’s Search Operators

Google allows the use of search operators. Adding one of the following symbols to your search terms in the Google’s keywords search box, you gain more control over the results. While there are many search operators, here are a few of the most common ones.


Search for an exact word or phrase
“query query”
Use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words in a specific order without normal improvements such as spelling corrections and synonyms. This option is handy when searching for song lyrics or a line from literature.
Example: “imagine all the people”Tip: Only use this if you’re looking for a very precise word or phrase, because otherwise you could be excluding helpful results by mistake.
Exclude a word
Add a dash (-) before a word to exclude all results that include that word. This is especially useful for excluding synonyms like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.
Example: jaguar speed -car exclude results about Jaguar cars.
Include similar words
Normally, synonyms might replace some words in your original query. Add a tilde sign (~) immediately in front of a word to search for that word as well as even more synonyms.
Example: ~food facts includes results for “nutrition facts”.
Include a “fill in the blank”
query * query
Use an asterisk (*) within a query as a placeholder for any unknown or “wildcard” terms. Use with quotation marks to find variations of that exact phrase or to remember words in the middle of a phrase.
Example: “a * saved is a * earned”
Search for either word
query OR query
If you want to search for pages that may have just one of several words, include OR (capitalized) between the words. Without the OR, your results would typically show only pages that match both terms. You can also use the | symbol between words for the same effect.
Example: olympics location 2012 OR 2016Tip: Enclose phrases in quotes to search for either one of several phrases.
Example: “world cup 2014″ OR “olympics 2012″

Wonder if these nerdy posts are related to my job, well, the answer is no. As a good friend once told me, "one never heals from programming!". It must be true in my case....

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

seven + = 8

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>