Google Guide Quick Reference:

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Basic Examples Finds Pages Containing...
biking Italy the words biking and Italy
recycle steel OR iron information on recycling steel or recycling iron
"I have a dream" the exact phrase I have a dream
salsa –dance the word salsa but NOT the word dance
Louis +I France information about Louis the First (I), weeding out other kings of France
castle ~glossary glossaries about castles, as well as dictonaries, lists of terms, terminology, etc.
fortune-telling all forms of the term, whether spelled as a single word, a phrase, or hyphenated
define:imbroglio definitions of the word imbroglio from the Web
Calculator Meaning Type Into Search Box
+ – * / basic arithmetic 12 + 34 - 56 * 7 / 8
% of percentage of 45% of 39
^ or ** raise to a power 2^5 or 2**5
old units in new units convert units 300 Euros in USD, 130 lbs in kg, or 31 in hex
What to Type Into Search Box
(& Description of Results)
city1 city2 Book flights.
sfo bos
(Book flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Boston (BOS).)
Search only one website or
(Search for information on Halloween gathered by the US Census Bureau.)
[#]. .[#]
Search within a range of
Dave Barry pirate 2002..2006
(Search for Dave Barry articles mentioning pirates written in these years.)
(or ext:)
Find documents of the
specified type.
Form 1098-T IRS filetype:pdf
(Find the US tax form 1098-T in PDF format.)
Find linked pages, i.e., show
pages that point to the URL.
(Find pages that link to Warrior Librarian's website.)
Specialized Information Queries
(or books)
Search full-text of books.
book Ender's Game
(Show book-related information.
Note: No colon needed after book.)
define, what is,
what are
Show a definition for a word or
define monopsony, what is podcast
(Show a definition for the words monopsony and podcast.
Note: No colon after define, what is, or what are.)
Provide definitions for words,
phrases, and acronyms from the
(Find definitions for kerning from the Web.)
phonebook: Show all phonebook listings.
phonebook: Disney CA
(Search for Disney's phone numbers in California - CA.)
rphonebook: Show residential phonebook listings.
rphonebook: bill jones NY
(Search for the phone number of every Bill Jones in New
York State - NY.)
movie: Find reviews and showtimes.
movie: traffic
(Search for information about this movie, including reviews,
showtimes, etc.)
Given ticker symbols, show stock
stocks: goog
(Find Google's current stock price.)
Given a location (US zip code or
city), show the weather
weather Seattle WA, weather 81612
(Show the current weather and forecast.
Note: No colon after weather.)
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Alternative Query Types
Display Google's cached
version of a web page.
(Show Google's cached version of the US Internal Revenue Service home page.)
(or id:)
Find info about a page.
(Find information about The Onion website.)
List web pages that are
similar or related to the
(Find websites related to the Healthfinder website.)
Restrict Search to Sites Where Query Words Appear
All query words must appear
in anchor text of links to the
allinanchor:useful parenting sites
(Search for pages that are called useful parenting sites by others.)
Terms must appear in
anchor text of links to the
restaurants Portland inanchor:kid-friendly
(Search for pages on Portland restaurants for which links to the page
say they are "kid friendly.")
All query words must appear
the in text of the page.
allintext:ingredients cilantro chicken lime
(Search for recipes with these three ingredients.)
The terms must appear in
the text of the page.
Dan Shugar intext:Powerlight
(Find pages mentioning Dan Shugar where his company, Powerlight, is
included in the text of the page, i.e., less likely to be from the corporate
All query words must appear
in the title of the page.
allintitle: Google Advanced Operators
(Search for pages with titles containing "Google," "Advanced,", and
The terms must appear in
the title of the page.
movies comedy intitle:top ten
(Search for pages with the words movie and comedy that include top
ten in the title of the page.)
allinurl: All query words must appear
in the URL.
allinurl:pez faq
(Search for pages containing the words pez & faq in the URL.)
The terms must appear in
the URL of the page.
pharmaceutical inurl:investor
(Search for pages in which the URL contains the word investor.)
Restrict Search to Google Groups
Find Groups messages from the specified
flying author:Hamish author:Reid
(Search for Hamish Reid's articles on flying.)
Find Groups messages from the specified
ivan doig group:rec.arts.books
(Search for postings about Ivan Doig in the group
Find Groups messages containing crazy quilts
in the subject.
insubject:"crazy quilts"
(Find articles containing crazy quilts in the subject
Restrict Search to Google News
Find News articles from sources located in the
specified location.
queen location:uk
(Find British news articles on the Queen.)
source: Find News articles from specified sources.
peace source:ha_aretz
(Show articles on peace from the Israeli newspaper
Restrict Search to Froogle
store: Find Froogle products from the specified store.
jeans store:gap
(Find Gap jeans.)
About This Cheat Sheet
For more tips, tricks, & examples, visit
By Nancy Blachman, Tasha Bergson-Michelson, & Jerry Peek who don't work for Google.
Thank you Matt Vance for the idea of creating a Google Guide cheat sheet