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Power Googling: Advanced Searching

When you don't find what you're seeking, consider specifying more precisely what you want by using Google's Advanced Search features.

Don't be frightened by the name "Advanced Search"; it's easy to use, and it allows you to select or exclude pages with more precision than Google's standard search box.

Click on the Advanced Search link at the right of Google's search box.

Screen shot pointing to the Advanced Search link on Google's home

or visit and fill in the form.

Screen shot showing the Advanced Search fill-in form.

Filling in the top portion of the Advanced Search form is an easy way to write restricted queries without having to use the " ," +, -, OR notation discussed in the section Crafting Your Query.

Advanced Search
Find results
Basic Search
Basic Search
Find results
 with all of the words tap dance ] with all search terms
 with the exact phrase "tap dance" ] with terms in quotes in the specified order only
 without the words tap -dance ]
-tap dance ]
including none of the terms preceded by a -
 with at least one of the words  tap OR ballet ] with at least one of the terms adjacent to OR

By using special characters and operators, you can

Advanced Operators are query words that have special meaning to Google.

Note: The colon (:) after the operator name is required.

[ Larry Page search engine ]
[ volunteering ]
[ ]
[ allintitle: detect plagiarism ]
[ web page evaluation checklist filetype:pdf ]

The following table lists features available on the Advanced Search page that are accessible via search operators.

Advanced Search
File Format filetype:
      in the title of the page
      in the text of the page
      in the URL of the page
      in the links to the page

Domain site:
Similar related:
Links link:

The following table lists the search operators that work with each Google search service. Click on an operator to jump to its description

Search Service Search Operators
Web Search allinanchor:, allintext:, allintitle:, allinurl:, cache:, define:, filetype:, id:, inanchor:, info:, intext:, intitle:, inurl:, inlink:, phonebook:, related:, rphonebook:, safesearch:, site:, stocks:,
Image Search allintitle:, allinurl:, filetype:, inurl:, intitle:, site:
Groups allintext:, allintitle:, author:, group:, insubject:, intext:, intitle:
Directory allintext:, allintitle:, allinurl:, ext:, filetype:, intext:, intitle:, inurl:
News allintext:, allintitle:, allinurl:, intext:, intitle:, inurl:, location:, source:
Froogle allintext:, allintitle:, store:

For tips, tricks, and examples of many special features and advanced operators, visit the Google Guide Example Reference (Cheat Sheet),

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