Google Search operators and tricks

Extensive list of Google operators. Missing one? Let us know. You can find a tool for Google search url parameters at our Tools page.

SymbolHow to use it
+Search for Google+ pages or blood types
Examples: +Chrome or AB+
@Find social tags
Example: @agoogler
$Find prices
Example: nikon $400
#Find popular hashtags for trending topics
Example: #throwbackthursday
-When you use a dash before a word or site, it excludes sites with that info from your results. This is useful for words with multiple meanings, like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.
Examples: jaguar speed -car or pandas -site:wikipedia.org
"When you put a word or phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as the ones inside the quotes. Only use this if you’re looking for an exact word or phrase, otherwise you’ll exclude many helpful results by mistake.
Example: "imagine all the people"
*Add an asterisk as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. .
Example: "a * saved is a * earned"
..Separate numbers by two periods without spaces to see results that contain numbers in a range.
Example: camera $50..$100
OperatorHow to use it
site:Get results from certain sites or domains.
Examples: olympics site:nbc.com and olympics site:.gov
link:Find pages that link to a certain page.
Example: link:youtube.com
related:Find sites that are similar to a web address you already know.
Example: related:time.com
ORFind pages that might use one of several words.
Example: marathon OR race
info:Get information about a web address, including the cached version of the page, similar pages, and pages that link to the site.
Example: info:google.com
cache:See what a page looks like the last time Google visited the site.
Example: cache:washington.edu
allinanchor:restrict results to pages containing all query terms in the anchor text on links to the page.
Example: allinanchor:web development amsterdam
allintext:restrict results to pages containing all query terms in the text on the page.
Example: allintext:web development amsterdam
allintitle:restrict results to pages containing all query terms in the page title.
Example: allintitle:status201 web development
allinurl:restrict results to pages containing all query terms in the url.
Example: allinurl:Replace Howdy text in WordPress backend
filetype:restric results to pages with the suffix you specify
Example: TPS Reports filetype:pdf OR filetype:doc
KeywordHow to use it
define:Get definition from the web
Examples: define:webdevelopment
[calculation]From basic arithmetic to advanced math
Examples: 21% of 6170 or 25cm + 3ft
[x units in otherunits]Convert one unit to another
Examples: 15 dollar in euros
calculatorShow an online calculator below the search input
Examples: calculator
weather:Get the weather for a specific city
Examples: weather:Amsterdam
[flightnumber]Check flightnumber (Google Now will also keep you up to date)
Examples: KL0765
atari breakoutclick image search
do a barrel roll
askew
blink html
Zerg rush
Bletchley Park
Recursion
Did you mean?
Festivus
Conway's Game of Life
Webdriver Torso
Anagram
the loneliest number
The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything
a long time ago in a galaxy far far away

Leave a Reply