If you're not finding what you're searching for after using our basic search tips, try a search operator. Add these symbols or words to your search terms in the Google search box to gain more control over the results that you see. Don’t worry about memorizing the operators - you can use the Advanced Search page to generate many of these searches.
|Search for an exact word or phrase
|Use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words. This option is handy when searching for song lyrics or a line from literature.
Tip: Only use this if you're looking for a very precise word or phrase, because otherwise you could be excluding helpful results by mistake.
|Exclude a word
|Add a dash (
Tip: You can also exclude results based on other operators, like excluding all results from a specific site.
|Search within a site or domain
|If you are looking for more results from a certain website, include
Tip: Also search within a specific top-level domain like .org or .edu or country top-level domain like .de or .jp.
|Search for pages that link to a URL
Tip: You can also search for links to specific pages, like google.com/images.
|Search for pages that are similar to a URL
|To find sites that are similar to a URL you already know, use the
|Include a "fill in the blank"
query * query
|Use an asterisk (
|Search for either word
query OR query
|If you want to search for pages that may have just one of several words, include
Tip: Enclose phrases in quotes to search for either one of several phrases.
|Search for a number range
|Separate numbers by two periods without spaces (
Tip: Use only one number with the two periods to indicate an upper maximum or a lower minimum.
Most search rules have exceptions to accommodate the ways that people commonly search. For example, Google will show calculator results for the query
34 * 87 rather than interpreting the asterisk as the "fill in the blanks" operator. In general, most punctuation and special characters are ignored, however there is a growing list of punctuation and symbols that are recognized in searches.
Google. "Search operators." https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/136861