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Sometimes I'm looking for date-sensitive information and don't want to see results more than a certain age. Is there a way to specify this in a Google search?

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Yes, you can.

  • Go to Google's Advanced Search Page
  • Expand the Date, Usage Rights, NumericRange, and More section

Date Advanced Search

  • Choose from the following options
    • Past 24 hours
    • Past week
    • Past month
    • Past year

OR

  • Do a regular Google Search
  • Expand the Show Search tools on the left underneath the search field
  • Choose from the following options.

Search Tools

Before:
Show Search Tools

These options appear in the query string. I don't think there is a way to include them in the regular search input as a search operator. In other words, I don't think it can be used like the filetype search term.

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Once you preform the Google search, you can click on More search tools and then Custom Range...

This will use the publication date, which Google describes as:

Limit results according to when they were published on the Web. Google tries to estimate the publication date for a page by using information such as the date when Google first indexed the page.

If want to search for pages which contain a date (year only) within a given range, you can use the Numrange search feature. (e.g. Willie Mays 1950..1960.)

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