How to do specific Google searches: advanced commands

Do you want to do a specific Google search? There are several advanced commands you can use in your online searches. Find out what they are

Google never ceases to amaze. After all, there must be a reason why it's the most used search engine in the world. Besides being intuitive and easy to use, it offers many functions to find specific news, products, games, apps and much more. In short, all the searches that used to be done in books and magazines can now be done in Google.

But if you want to get even more specific results, you can use a set of advanced commands. These provide the system with extra elements that allow it to filter the available information even better and improve the user experience. Google's advanced tricks can be used using the keyboard: in fact, it is enough to type particular acronyms and locutions to intercept a specific content in a short time. Let's see what are the advanced commands to make specific searches on Google.

Advanced Google commands: here's what to type in the search bar

We start with a function still little known, but certainly useful for many types of online research. It is performed to find a precise sequence of words. To do this, just put the text fragment in quotation marks ("..."). For example, by typing "the best pancakes in Rome" the engine will return all content that contains the exact sequence of words. Instead, to exclude particular terms from the search, just use the minus sign just before the unwanted term. In this case you can search in English language "speed Jaguar -car" and since "Jaguar" in English also means jaguar, the SERP will refer only to the animal and not to the means of transport. In Italian you could search for "color margherita -pizza" and in the results will appear only and exclusively content that alludes to the flower.

Can't remember the full title of a movie, book or song? Google will be able to solve your doubts. To do so, you can insert an asterisk in place of the missing term. The engine will fill in that block. For example, searching for "quella sua * fina" in the SERP will show the complete snippet of Claudio Baglioni's song, "quella sua maglietta fina".

If instead you want to look at the profile of a person, a magazine, a brand within social you can add a snail (@) before the search key. For example, typing @namesurname will give you all the profiles where the account has been registered. To combine searches on two keywords just use OR. In this case, you can search for "Manzoni OR Milan". Finding the price of a product on Google is very easy: just put the dollar sign before the product you want to search for. For example, if you have a budget of 300 euros to buy a computer, just type "computer 300€". The engine will return a list of devices for sale at that amount. If instead you have a price range, you enter the figures between two suspension points. Here is an example: "Computer 300€..800€".

To search online within a website, you type "site:" followed by the domain and the keyword. Here is an example: " iphone". This allows you to find all the iPhone news on our site.

To find related sites, just enter the relate related: expression before the site you want to search. For example, you can type "" to find similar online selling platforms. Google will return results like Amazon, Kijiji, and so on.

Many of these tricks for doing advanced Google searches can be used together in an online search.