Is there a way to search the Internet for exactly the text I want?

Laurie January 4, 2012

Is there or will there ever be a way to search the Internet for exactly what I type in – punctuation, symbols, case sensitivity and all? Search engines tend to ignore certain characters and punctuation.

  1. Peter1489
    January 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    "parent directory " MP3 -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums
    In the place of MP3 replace with the text you want to search

  2. Jay.0
    January 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    you question has two points, and you are right about both.

    (1) Special characters :Google, yahoo, bing they all will ignore some symbols, even if you use double quotes.
    Eg, if you search for 2% with or without double quotes, it will return the results for "2" only.
    So if something is not supported by goole, you will not find it on google with any tricks.
    Try this:"2%""2$" 

    Now, I found this search engine called Symbolhound: 
    I don't how well it works, but it does return results with special characters.

    How google handles special characters: 

    (2) case sensitive search:
    That also is not supported by google with or without  ""
    I found this case sensitive search:

    So, I hope your search result will get better with this.

  3. Jeff Fabish
    January 4, 2012 at 8:25 am


    There is one such Google Search Trick. Go to Google and search using the verbatim string (wrapping your search query with double quotes). You can ignore certain characters and words using the exclude operator (-) as well.

    Example (verbatim search): "This will return exact matches only, including punctuation! Make sure to use double quotes."
    Link to sample search query

    Example (exude operator): "This will ignore any results with the text 'test', make sure there is no space between the '-' and the word you wish to exclude." -test
    Link to sample search query

    Interested in more Google Search Tricks? Read these related articles:
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    Does this help?
    - Jeff

    • James Bruce
      January 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

      I think the double quotes thing was changed recently. Now, you have to select "verbatim" as a search query type from the options on the left. 

      • Jeff Fabish
        January 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

        It's working fine for me. Just in case, using Google's Advanced Search interface should be more stable throughout all of their changes.

      • Jay.0
        January 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

        Yes, verbatim removes personalized search results , spelling corrections etc and enables exact search.

        So, double quotes, verbatim and simple search,
        all three returned different results when I tried.

        But none of them helped in case sensitive and special character search.

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