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Is there a syntax to specify a filetype in a Google search? What is it? (I'm looking for PDFs.)

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Did you try filetype:pdf? –  Ivo Flipse Feb 2 '12 at 22:40
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From Google Help about Special Search:

If you prefer to see a particular set of results without a particular file type included (for example, PDF), simply type “-filetype:pdf” within the search box along with your search term(s).

Actually, the correct syntax is – without the dash:

filetype:pdf
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to search java pdf notes,type the following in google search bar

filetype:pdf java

and you will get all pdf's related to java. supported values for filetype are pdf,doc,mp3,xml,ppt etc and don't forget to include ":" between filetype and its value

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