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The Best Google Search Cheat Sheet: Tips, Operators, and Commands to Know

Joel Lee 02-05-2020

How many times have you searched Google only to get a bunch of incorrect or unrelated search results that you wish you could filter out? Well, with a few search shortcuts, you can narrow down your search results and always get the exact results you’re looking for.

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You’ll find these shortcuts in our Google Search cheat sheet below. It contains various search tips, operators, and commands to help you filter content by site, timelines, context, and more.

FREE DOWNLOAD: This cheat sheet is available as a downloadable PDF from our distribution partner, TradePub. You will have to complete a short form to access it for the first time only. Download The Google Search Shortcuts Cheat Sheet.

The Google Search Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

OperatorDescriptionExample
Informational Search Queries
defineReturns a definition of the given term.define gregarious
timeReturns the current time at a particular location.time stockholm
toConvert measurements from one unit to another.1 cup to tbsp
inConvert measurements from one unit to another.1000USD in GBP
translateTranslates the queried terms into another specified language.translate hello world german
mapReturns map result.map new york
stocksReturns stock information.stocks sbux
weatherReturns the weather forecast for the given location or ZIP code.weather 90210
Basic Search Symbols
-Excludes search results that include this term.best tablets -drawing
|Returns search results that match terms on either side of the pipe. The same as writing "OR" between search terms.computer | tablet
@Returns search results that match a particular social media site.phone recall @twitter
#Returns search results that include a specific hashtag.#throwbackthursday
“”Returns search results that include all terms within quotes in the exact given order.“never gonna give you up”
*Returns search results where any words can be matched in place of the asterisk.best * in america
..When placed between two numbers, returns search results that match within the number range.chromebook $200..$500
()Used to group search terms and control the search logic of the query.(best | worst) office suite
$Returns prices.mac $1000
Popular Search Operators
cache:Show Google's cached version of a specific page.cache:makeuseof.com
filetype:Returns only search results that match a particular file extension.sleep study filetype:pdf
related:Returns other websites that are similar to the queried website.related:nytimes.com
site:Returns only search results from a particular website.productivity tips site:makeuseof.com
Other Search Operators
inanchor:Returns pages that are linked to using anchor text matching the search query.
allinanchor:Same as inanchor, but matching every term that appears after allinanchor.
intext:Returns only search results that match in the page's body.
allintext:Same as intext, but matching every term that appears after allintext.
intitle:Returns only search results that match in the page's title.
allintitle:Same as intitle, but matching every term that appears after allintitle.
inurl:Returns only search results that match in the page's URL.
allinurl:Same as inurl, but matching every term that appears after allinurl.

The most useful shortcuts are site:, filetype:, and to, but all of these operators and commands are good to know.

More Google Search Resources to Discover

In addition to searching Google, you should also get acquainted with these advanced search operators for Gmail. And did you know that there are some cool games hidden in Google Search? Once you’re familiar with all these advanced tools, you can put them to good use. For example, advanced Google Search comes in handy when you’re trying to find a book without knowing the title or author!

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We’ll wrap up with a word of caution: don’t trust all types of Google Search results blindly 6 Types of Google Search Results You Shouldn't Trust Blindly We depend on Google every day, but even so it's always good to tread with caution when exploring these sensitive subjects. Read More .

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  1. D. L. Fuller
    May 8, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    The cheat sheet is NOT available as a downloadable PDF. It is a Zero KB PDF Document at tradepub.com

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      May 20, 2020 at 1:11 am

      We’ve fixed that. Please try downloading again.

  2. Prashant
    July 5, 2019 at 10:35 am

    could have been better if you would have added an example of each

  3. Kanhaiyalal Newasakr.
    April 23, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Sir, 23rd April,2019.
    Not only enjoyed this article but found very useful for me.
    I hope others will also enjoy.
    Hoping to receive more useful and interested items in future too.
    With regards.
    Kanhaiyalal Newaskar.

  4. Bill Gates
    December 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Where is the download? All I see is Ads. Saving the Pic gives you a tiny, illegible image.

      • Ben
        August 9, 2017 at 3:58 pm

        The link doesn't work, it just results in a new tab, with a seemingly endless loading cycle.

        • Brandon
          August 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm

          It is a file dropper link; you should see a PDF file download shortly after clicking the link, to your default downloads folder. If that is not working, check your browsers' downloads settings. If that all checks out and you still are not seeing it, you may have to fiddle with A/V settings.