The Most Useful Google Shortcut Commands for Advanced Searching

by | Oct 29, 2018 | Global Digital Citizen

Everybody knows Google is the world’s flagship search engine, and with good reason. When it comes to Google shortcut commands, there is literally almost nothing you can’t find. However, even though we use it every day, many of us can benefit from using those shortcuts to find what we want faster and easier. This is especially true of our students, who live on the Internet when doing research and other school-related tasks.

The fact is everybody secretly wants to be a better searcher, and to get the most out of their Web time. Luckily this comprehensive list of the most versatile Google shortcut commands puts you on the path to that goal. It comes from Jerri Collins in an article on Lifewire. Says Jerri:

” From word definitions to math problems to searching within the text of a website, book, or magazine, these advanced Google search commands will help you quickly find what you’re looking for the next time you use the world’s most popular search engine to find something.” 

Go ahead and experiment with these Google shortcut commands and see what kind of results you get. Next, share them with your learners to help them up their Internet searching game. They are great time savers and search tools for everybody to know.

A List of Useful Google Shortcut Commands


Google Shortcut

Search Results

nokia phone

the words nokia and phone

sailing OR boatingeither the word sailing or the word boating
“love me tender”the exact phrase love me tender
printer -cartridgethe word printer but NOT the word cartridge
Toy Story +2movie title including the number 2
~autolooks up the word autoand synonyms
define:serendipitydefinitions of the word serendipity
how now * cowthe words how now cowseparated by one or more words
+addition; 978+456
subtraction; 978-456
*multiplication; 978*456
/division; 978/456
% ofpercentage; 50% of 100
^raise to a power; 4^18 (4 to the eighteenth power)
old in new (conversion)45 celsius in Fahrenheit
site:(search only one website) “torrent sites”
link:(find linked pages)
#…#(search within a number range)nokia phone $200…$300
daterange:(search within a specific date range)bosnia daterange:200508-200510
safesearch:(exclude adult content)safesearch:breast cancer
info: (find info about a page)
related: (related pages)
cache: (view cached page)
filetype:(restrict search to specific filetype)zoology filetype:ppt
allintitle: (search for keywords in page title)allintitle:”nike” running
inurl:(restrict search to page URLs)inurl:chewbacca (specific domain search),,, etc.
site:country code(restrict search to country) “rio de Janeiro”
intext:(search for keyword in body text)intext:parlor
allintext: (return pages with all words specified in body text)allintext:north pole
book(search book text)book The Lord of the Rings
phonebook:(find a phone number)phonebook:Google CA
bphonebook:(find business phone numbers)bphonebook:Intel OR
rphonebook:(find residential phone numbers)rphonebook:Joe Smith Seattle WA
movie:(search for showtimes)movie:wallace and gromit 97110
stocks:(get a stock quote)stocks:wrld
weather:(get local weather)weather:97132

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