Google Advanced Operator Search

October 1, 2007 at 5:59 am (Google, Tips n Tricks)

Google allows the use of certain operators to help refine searches. The use of advanced operators is very simple as long as attention is given to the syntax. The basic format is:

operator:search_term

Notice that there is no space between the operator, the colon and the search term. If a space is used after a colon, Google will display an error message. If a space is used before the colon, Google will use your intended operator as a search term.

Operator

Description

Additional Argument Required ?

Site:

Find search term only on a site specified bu search_item

Yes

Filetype:

Search documents of type search_term

Yes

Link:

Find sites containing search_term as a link

No

Cache:

Display the cached version of page specified by search term

No

Intitle:

Find sites containing search_term in the title of a page

No

Inurl:

Find sites containing serach_term in the URL of the page

No

site: find web pages on a specific web site

This is discussed in one of the previous blogs. Anyways, this makes the search site specific.

Eg. site:wordpress.com harsh maheshwari

filetype: search only within files of a specific type

filetype:pdf Cache Memory

The current list of files that Google can search is listed in the filetype FAQ located at  http://www.google.com/help/faq_filetypes.htm. As of this writing, Google can search within the following file types:

• Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf)
• Adobe PostScript (ps)
• Lotus 1-2-3 (wk1, wk2, wk3, wk4, wk5, wki, wks, wku)
• Lotus WordPro (lwp)
• MacWrite (mw)
• Microsoft Excel (xls)
• Microsoft PowerPoint (ppt)
• Microsoft Word (doc)
• Microsoft Works (wks, wps, wdb)
• Microsoft Write (wri)
• Rich Text Format (rtf)
• Text (ans, txt)

 link: search within links

To track out the connections this kind of searches are really cool. The following query displays every web page having http://www.apple.com as a link in it.

link:www.apple.com

Cache: display Google’s cached version of a page

Following search gives the cached version of the site. “Cache page not found error” is thrown in case the pages are not available.

cache:www.mitmhostelers.com 

Intitle: search within the title of the document

Searches within the title of the page which is displayed at the top of the bar.

intitle:Tech Bytes

inurl: search within the URL of a page

This operator restricts the search only within a URL, or a web address of a document. This operator requires no other search arguments

inurl:computers2007

This query would display pages with the word ‘computers2007’ inside the web address. One returned result will be the title of this blog.

So friends, try the stuff and make efficient searches as per requirements 🙂


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