Search Tips

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Web history

Web History offers you a log of websites you’ve visited, a timeline of your actionsand the ability to search your own online history. Try it out

Start simple

No matter what you’re looking for, our motto is “keep it simple.” Start by enteringa basic name or word. If you’re looking for a place or product in a specificlocation, enter the name along with the town or zip code.

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Ignore spelling

Google’s spell checker automatically defaults to the most common spelling of agiven word, whether or not you spell it correctly.

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Use web friendly words

A search engine works by matching the words you enter to pages on the web. So usingwords that are most likely to appear on pages will yield the best results. Forexample, instead of saying my head hurts, sayheadache, because that’s the term a medical website would use.

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Less is more

Simple, one or two word search terms will usually give you the broadest results.Start with short search terms, then refine your results by adding more words.

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Search with an exact phrase

Put quotation marks around words “[any word]” to search for anexact phrase in an exact order. Keep in mind that searching with quotes mightexclude relevant results. For instance, a search for “AlexanderBell” will miss pages that refer to Alexander G. Bell.

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Use descriptive words

The more unique the word, the more likely you are to get relevant results. So[celebrity ringtones] is probably better than [celebrity sounds]. Keep in mindthough, that even if the word has the correct meaning, if it’s not the one mostpeople use, it may not match the pages you need.

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Don’t worry about cases

Search isn’t case sensitive. A search for new york times is thesame as a search for New York Times.

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Search within a specific site

Precede your query with site: if you know you want your answerfrom within a specific site or type of site (.org, .edu). For example:site:edu or

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Don’t worry about punctuation

Search ignores punctuation. This includes @#%^*()=[] and other special characters.

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Search by file type

Search for specific types of files, such as PDFs, PPTs, or XLS, by addingfiletype: and the 3-letter file abbreviation.

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Include or ignore words and characters in your search

Highlight common words and characters such as the and& if they are essential to your search (as in a movie or booktitle) by putting quotation marks “the” around them. You can alsouse the minus – sign to specify particular items you don’t want in your results,like ingredients in a recipe.

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Find recipes

After searching for a specific recipe or ingredients, select “Recipes” in the leftpanel to see recipe results.

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Search numbers in a range

Stay within your budget by searching only for items within a number range byputting a string .. between amounts.

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Get number conversions

Convert any measurement — like miles to kilometers or ounces to liters — bytyping in the number and unit of measurement.

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Get the time

To see what time it is anywhere in the world, search time and thecity or country.

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Get currency conversions

Get current exchange rates by searching [currency 1] in [currency 2].

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Check the weather

Search weather followed by a U.S. zip code or the name of any cityin the world to get the current weather and forecast. Enterweather by itself to get the weather report for your currentlocation.

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Get realtime stock quotes

Typing any ticker symbol into the search box will get you realtime stock quotesthat update live in your search results. Click the link on the results page for adetailed market analysis from Google Finance.

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Check sport scores and schedules

Get scores and schedules for your favorite NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB teams simply bytyping the team or league into the search box. All sports data provided by STATS,Inc.

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Search with Goggles

Want to search the web using your mobile phone’s camera instead of words? On anAndroid, open your Google Goggles app (on an iPhone, open the Google Search app andselect Goggles), snap a picture of the item you want to search for, and wait foryour results. No typing necessary.

Track your packages

Track your UPS, FedEx, or USPS packages by typing the tracking number directly intothe search box. The results will show you the status of your shipment.

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Get definitions

Put define: in front of any word to get its definition.

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Calculate anything

Enter any math equation into the search box and we’ll calculate your answer.

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Locate earthquake activity

Type earthquake in the search box and your results will featureU.S. Geological Survey info showing the time, place and magnitude of recentearthquakes.

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Search by location

Add a zip code to the end of any place search like barbecue ribsand get results showing the nearest rib joints, along with phone numbers, a map,and even reviews. If you don’t include your zip code, we may suggest places nearyou.

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Search locations by zip and area codes

Want to know where a given zip code or area code is located? Just type it into thesearch box.

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Shop and compare

Use the “Shopping” link on the left panel on the results page to shop for productsand compare prices across the web.

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Get local sunrise/sunset times

To see the exact times of sunrises and sunsets in cities around the U.S. and theworld, search sunrise or sunset followed by thecity name.

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Discover local business

To find a store, restaurant or other business in a given neighborhood, enter thetype of business and the location and we’ll deliver a list of nearby places, alongwith a map, reviews and contact info. If you don’t include the location in yoursearch, we’ll just find locations close to you.

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Get movie times

Search on a movie name or just movie to see theater locations andshowtimes in your area.

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Read public domain books

Read the complete texts of public domain works like Moby Dick forfree by selecting “books” in the left panel of your search results.

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Hone in on a particular range

To specify a particular number range, type .. then a space, then the numbers inyour range. For example, if you’re searching for cars with over 300 horsepower,search cars “300.. horsepower”. Here are some other examples:“220.. V” or “1.. RPM” or “8000..mAh” battery

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Check flight schedules

To see flight schedules to or from a particular destination, type flightsfrom or flights to followed by the city or airport ofinterest. You can also add another location with to orfrom and view the schedule for a specific route.*Flight scheduledata is provided by OAG and QuickTrip by Innovata.

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Research health conditions

To see information about a common disease or symptom, enter it into the search boxand we’ll return the beginning of an expert summary. You can click through to readthe entire article.

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Check flight times

View live arrival and departure information for U.S. flights just by searching thename of the airline and the flight number.

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Get world news

Search any topic and then click the “News” tab in the left panel to get newsresults from sources around the world.

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Similar terms

Get results that include synonyms by placing the ~ sign immediately in front ofyour search term. A search for Christmas ~dessert recipes, for instance, willreturn results for desserts, along with candy, cookies and other treats.

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Search by voice

To search the web by speaking, tap the microphone button on the Google search boxon your home screen, or press down for a few seconds on the physical search buttonon your phone to activate the “Speak Now” screen. Voice Search for Android supportsVoice Actions on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above.

Examine public data

Search demographic terms like population or unemploymentrate, followed by a county, state or country, and you’ll get instant dataabout your chosen location directly from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau ofLabor Statistics. From there, you can click through to compare rates in differentlocations.

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Get interactive financial info

To get interactive financial results, go to on your iPhone orAndroid-powered device (2.1 or later) and search for your favorite stock symbol.You’ll see an interactive graph shown on a card; you can switch views to differentdate ranges by tapping on the buttons below the graph.

Find medication information

Search the name of a generic or brand-name prescription drug and we’ll display itssummary and description. You can also click through to more info about sideeffects, dosage and precautions from the National Institutes of Health.

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Instant on mobile

Google Instant on mobile makes search faster by displaying not just predictions butactual search results as you type. The beta version is available for most iPhoneand Android devices in the U.S. To try it, go to in your phone’s browserand tap the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box (if you don’t seethe “Turn on” link, try waiting a moment and then refresh the page).

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Use instant preview on mobile

Google Instant Previews is available on mobile for Android (2.2+) and iOS (4.0+)devices across 38 languages. Like the desktop version of Instant Previews, you canvisually compare search results from webpage snapshots, making it easier to choosethe right result faster.

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Search by location

If you want to find sushi nearby, go to on your smartphone and type”sushi”. If you’ve chosen to share your location with Google, you’ll get businessresults near your current location. If you want to search somewhere else, specify alocation in the query, like pizza Kansas City.

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Get interactive weather

To see a new weather search results snippet that lets you actually play with theresults just go to on your iPhone or Android-powered device and searchfor weather.