Search Commands*

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An introduction to search commands

Did you know you can search Google for web pages which were published in a certain timeframe? Did you know it often better to use Yahoo to work out your back links as you can exclude your own internal links?

In Yahoo it is possible to restrict your search to pages which have meta tags or which are in the Mediterranean (the coast, one assumes, rather than the sea). On Live search you can look for pages which contain RSS.

The Search Commands* home page shows summary search commands for: Google, Yahoo and Live Search. The rest of the site takes a deeper look at the nuances of common search commands and digs up some of the more obscure search engine commands too. Search Commands* is in beta.

Google search commands summary

cache:
Show the cached snapshot of a page
link:
List pages which link to a page
related:
List pages which Google consider to be related to another
info:
Find one specific URL in the search database
define:
Show Google's glossary definition for a term
stocks:
Show American stockmarket information for a given ticker symbol
site:
Restrict a search to a single site
allintitle:
Restrict a search so that all the keywords must appear in the title
intitle:
Restrict a search so that some of the keywords must appear in the title
allintext:
Restrict a search so that all of the keywords must appear in the body text
allinurl:
Restrict a search so that all of the keywords must appear in the page address
inurl:
Restrict a search so that some keywords must appear in the page address
OR
List pages which have at least some of the keywords
+
Insist that the search engine includes a given keyword in the search results
-
Insist that the search engine omits pages which match a given keyword in the search results
~
Enhance a search to include synonyms for a given keyword
*
Include a wildcard match in your search results
[#]...[#]
Search a range of numbers as a keyword
daterange:
Restrict a search to any timeframe
""
Restrict a search so that the keywords must appear consecutively in a phrase
date:
Restrict a search to a recent timeframe
safesearch:
Restrict a search to exclude adult-content
filetype:
Restrict a search to a given type of file
More information about Google's search commands is available on the dedicated Google search commands page. In Google's page we look at how to use each commands, which search commands can be used together and which cannot.

Yahoo search commands summary

site:
Restrict a search to a single site
hostname:
Restrict a search to a single host name
link:
List pages which link to a page
url:
Find one specific URL in the search database
inurl:
Restrict a search so that some keywords must appear in the page address
intitle:
Restrict a search so that some of the keywords must appear in the title
map
Inclue a map of any US location
weather
Include current weatherinformation for any US location
define
Include a defination for the keyword
airport
Link to weather, directions and maps for an American airport
area code
Include a list of cities which match the US area code
facts
Include encyclopedia entry for keyword
convert:
Show a variety of unit conversion rates, for example currency or distance
gas
Include link to gas prices for an American area
hotels
Include links to hotels in the area
showtimes
Include and link to movie showtimes in the area
news
Include and link to news headlines which match the keyword
patent
Link to detailed information for the matching patent number keyword
quote
Show American stockmarket information for a given ticker symbol
synonym
Include synonyms for keyword and link to definitions of each
scores
Include and link to score results for team name keyword
time
Include local time and timezone information for location keyword
traffic
Link to traffic reports for location keyword
zip code
Include a list of zip codes which match the location keyword
+
Insist that the search engine includes a given keyword in the search results
-
Insist that the search engine omits pages which match a given keyword in the search results
feature:
Restrict a search to pages which include a given feature
region:
Restrict a search to pages from a given region
More information about Yahoo's search commands is available on the dedicated Yahoo search commands page. In Yahoo's page we look at how to use each commands, which search commands can be used together and which cannot.

Live search commands

filetype:
Restrict a search to a given type of file
link:
List pages which link to a page
linkdomain:
List pages which link to a domain
LinkFromDomain:
List pages which a domain links to
contains:
List pages which link to a given filetype
inurl
Restrict a search so that some keywords must appear in the page address
inanchor:
Restrict a search so that the keyword must appear in anchors tags on the page
intitle:
Restrict a search so that some of the keywords must appear in the title
inbody:
Restrict a search so that all of the keywords must appear in the body text
ip:
List sites hosted by keyword IP address
language:
Restrict a search to a specific language
location:
Restrict a search to pages from a given region
prefer:
Enhance a search by giving emphasis to the given keyword
site:
Restrict a search to a single site
url:
Find one specific URL in the search database
+
Insist that the search engine includes a given keyword in the search results
-
Insist that the search engine omits pages which match a given keyword in the search results
NOT
Insist that the search engine omits pages which match a given keyword in the search results
OR
List pages which have at least some of the keywords
|
List pages which have at least some of the keywords
""
Restrict a search so that the keywords must appear consecutively in a phrase
()
Group keywords together
More information about Live Search's search commands is available on the dedicated Live search commands page. In Live Search's page we look at how to use each commands, which search commands can be used together and which cannot.



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