Google Search Help

Google Search Help – Refine web searches

You can use symbols or words in your search to make your search results more precise.

Google Search usually ignores punctuation that isn’t part of a search operator.

Don’t put spaces between the symbol or word and your search term. A search for will work, but site: won’t.

Common search techniques
Search social media

Put @ in front of a word to search social media. For example: @twitter.
Search for a price

Put $ in front of a number. For example: camera $200.
Search hashtags

Put # in front of a word. For example: #throwbackthursday
Exclude words from your search

Put – in front of a word you want to leave out. For example, corvette speed -car
Search for an exact match

Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example, “public accountant”.
Search for wildcards or unknown words

Put a * in your word or phrase where you want to leave a placeholder. For example, “highest * in the city”.
Search within a range of numbers

Put .. between two numbers. For example, camera $25..$200.
Combine searches

Put “OR” between each search query. For example, sprint OR race.
Search for a specific site

Put “site:” in front of a site or domain. For example, or
Search for related sites

Put “related:” in front of a web address you already know. For example,
Get details about a site

Put “info:” in front of the site address.
See Google’s cached version of a site

Put “cache:” in front of the site address.