Do More Web & Search How to Use Advanced Google Search Commands Narrow your searches, dig deeper, and retrieve accurate information Share Pin Email Print Web & Search Search Engines Best of the Web Safety & Privacy Running a Website by Tim Fisher Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. Updated November 13, 2019 114 114 people found this article helpful If you're a standard Googler who enters a few words in hopes of finding what you're after, you'll be in for a treat when you learn that there are several other ways to use the search engine. Many advanced Google search techniques are tremendously helpful and not at all hard to use. If you've ever performed a Google search and wondered why the results weren't what you expected, you're not alone. You might even try over and over to get the search terms just right, but the results are still showing too many unnecessary items. While it's unclear at first that there are advanced Google commands that you can use for better search results, there are actually plenty. We've compiled a list of all these little-known Google search operators below. Advanced Commands for Google Search Lifewire / Theresa Chiechi It's easy to use these secret Google search operators with your regular search terms. You'll see in the examples below that there are really just minor adjustments you need to make to dig deeper into Google and find the stuff you're really after. Google Search Operators Cheat Sheet Command Example Explanation This and That new iPhone deals Search all words: new, iPhone, and deals; similar to using AND between the terms This or That sailing OR boating Search sailing or boating Exact Match "love me tender" Search this phrase as a whole Exclude Words printer -cartridge Search printer but hide any results that include cartridge Definitions define:serendipity Definitions for serendipity Partial Search san * california Search all words but allow for another word between them Add 978+456 1434 Subtract 978-456 522 Multiply 978*456 445968 Divide 978/456 2.14473684211 Percentage 50% of 100 50 Power/Exponent 4^18 Calculates 4 to the power of 18, returns 68719476736 Unit Conversion 45 celsius in fahrenheit Shows how 45 Celsius is expressed in Fahrenheit, returns 113; also works with currencies, weight, distance, and more Domain Search site:lifewire.com "torrent sites" Search lifewire.com for "torrent sites" Search a Range "Android phone" $300..$500 Search "Android phone" but only show results where the price ranges from $300-$500; also works for dates and other numbers Cache Search cache:lifewire.com The latest cached version of lifewire.com Filetype Search filetype:pptx zoology Search all PPTX files that include the word zoology (not all file extensions are supported) Title Search title:running Search for pages with running in the title; use allintitle to search multiple words URL Search inurl:chewbacca Search for pages that include chewbacca in the URL; use allinurl to search multiple words Body Text Search intext:parlor Search for pages that include parlor in the body of the page (won't return pages that include the search in the title or URL but not the body); use allintext to search multiple words Words by Proximity tech AROUND(3) android Search tech and android, but only show results where the terms are within three words of each other Related Sites related:engadget.com Find websites that have similar content as another one There are other search techniques that you might find on other websites, including Google's own Google Search Help page, that no longer work. Some examples of advanced Google search commands that you can't use anymore include phonebook, info, blogurl, location, and link. Tips for Using Advanced Google Search Commands Avoid putting spaces between the symbols and words in your search term. For example, site:lifewire.com will yield different results than site: lifewire.com. You can combine multiple Google Search operators to make use of more than one at once. Here's an example where we're requesting a definition but we want the results to not only be restricted to just websites with the ORG top-level domain but we also want to explicitly exclude any results from these two domains: define:hypothesis site:org -site:dictionary.com -site:yourdictionary.com Be careful how many advanced Google commands you use in one query. If you stuff the search box full of several, you're bound to end up with fewer results. 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