Google allows many parameters to fine-tune our searches in every product: Google Search, Google Mail, Google Drive, Google Images…

We will refer to search term or simply term to every keyword that we introduce in a search. It can be a single word or a sentence.

Some of these parameters are:

Parameter What does it do? Example
“search term” When we put a sentence between quotation marks, we convert the whole sentence in a search term. This way, Google will show only the results that contain the exact sentence in the proper order. “Hello, how are you?”

Shows results containing the exact sentence.

– (minus) In front of a term, Google will remove every result that contains it. cars -mercedes -bmw

Shows the results containing the term “cars” but not the terms “Mercedes” and “bmw”.

site: Google will show all of the results that exist inside of that website site:http://reddit.com

Shows only results coming from reddit.com

intitle: Shows the results containing the term in the title of the website. intitle:wireless home

Shows the results containing the term “wireless” in the title, but may contain “home” in other parts (the URL or the page content).

allintitle: Shows the results containing all of the terms in the title of the website. allintitle:wireless home

Shows the results containing the terms “wireless” and “home” in the title of the page.

inurl: Shows the results containing the term in the URL of the website.

As with intitle, allinurl exists.

inurl:camera online

Shows the results containing the term “camera” in the URL, but may contain “online” in other parts.

intext: Shows the results containing the term in the page content.

As with intitle, allintext exists.

intext:secure wifi

Shows the results containing the term “secure” in the page content, but may contain “wifi” in other parts (URL or title).

filetype: Filters the results by the type of the file. Very useful to find PDF or Word documents. moodle guide filetype:pdf

Looks for PDF files containing the terms “moodle” and “guide”.

define: Returns the definition of a word or expression. define:operator

Returns the meaning of “operator”.

link: Shows the results that contains a given link. Useful to check who’s talking about us or linking to our websites. link:https://blog.inerciadigital.com

Shows the results that links to blog.inerciadigital.com

related: Returns websites with similar content that the one you’re pointing at. related:https://elpais.com

Shows similar websites (newspapers).