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Turning off Google search results indirection

In Google search results, in Firefox or Chrome, I get URLs that go through Google and not directly to the target site. For example, at http://www.google.com/search?q=foo the first result is http:/...
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Hidden features of Google Search

What little known tips and tricks do you have for searching on Google? Please note that this question exists because it has a high level of significance, but it is not considered a good, on-...
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How to modify a URL to get a Google cached version of page?

I want to look at a Google cached version of a webpage, but can't find it through the usual mechanisms, as per this related question. Is there a way to modify the URL in the address bar to take me to ...
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Is there any way to give more (or less) weight to words in a Google search?

Sometimes I may prefer results that have a certain term: resize image bookmarklet +chrome In this example, I want a bookmarklet to resize images. Preferably, I want one that works in chrome, ...
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How can I search for a keyword with special characters in Google Search?

I want to search for what += means, but Google won't return any documents. Also when I come across some PHP code I don't understand I can't search for the keywords as written. How can I search for ...
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Is there a way to remove sites permanently from (my personal) Google search results?

I'm regularly finding sites that copy content from elsewhere (mailing lists, etc) while not providing any added value. Quite to the contrary, they are pretty heaped with ads. I'd like to remove those ...
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Is there a way to search in Google using regular expressions (regex)?

It would be very useful if Google provided a regular expression search. Is there a way to do this? (OBS: I am not talking about false regular expressions like site:, filetype:, AND, OR or "Text". I ...
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Copy raw link found by Google search, not the one with extra redirect added

In Firefox, after searching for some keyword in Google and getting a list of results, I would like to copy the link address of a particular result. But I find that the link address is not the actual ...
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How do I share a search query from Google?

Let's say I want to share the results from my query. There seems to be a lot of meta data in the query string. Which variables can be removed from the URL to still give a functioning Google search?
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URL format for Google's I'm Feeling Lucky

I have 3 or 4 keywords I want to send from my PHP page to Google and return one page as if I had gone on to Google's site and searched using "I'm feeling lucky." Does anyone know how to supply the ...
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Can I exclude spam domains from my search results? [duplicate]

Sometimes when I search for something, there are plenty of links to sites with no content (those who only have the premade templates which the search terms), spammers, and leechers (as in copying ...
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How can I search Google for a negative number?

It only rarely happens, but once or twice I've found it desirable to be able to search the web for a set of search terms that includes a negative number. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any ...
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How do I find the earliest / original instance of an image on the web?

I'm curious about the etymology (aka "origin") of this image I found on the web: How would I go about finding the earliest websearch result for this image? Yes, I can use TinEye to find other ...
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Keyboard shortcut to access the first link in a Google search page?

What is the keyboard shortcut to access the first result in a Google search page? Any "hacks" would be fine, as long as it does not require the mouse.
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Report dishonest websites to Google Search

Often I land on sites via Google Search that provide different content to the user than what is shown to the crawler. For me, this is time-consuming to visit and check pages that are maliciously ...
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Is there a new way to remove sites from Google search results?

A while ago I got fed up with continuously finding w3schools in my search results when I wanted detailed, technically correct information. To fix this without having to continuously append -site:...
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How can I access google.com outside the US?

I live in the UK, and whenever I visit google.com I am redirected to google.co.uk, but I want to see my website's rankings on the US version (I presume the results are different). Is there a way to do ...
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What can you NOT find on Google? [closed]

Google claims to be fair, and it is in the company's interest (most of the time) to scour the Internet for anything and everything that its spiders can access. I want to know: What type of (...
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How do I search for “do a barrel roll” without Google … doing a barrel roll?

My brother and I used to play Star Fox 64 when we were kids, and when we did dog fights, we always loved doing barrel rolls so I decided to search for the quote that they always said the game in ...
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No results on Google Search in normal mode, but results in incognito?

In normal browsing mode, when I search for "pimp scroll bar html", I get no results: However on Incognito mode (for Google Chrome), suddenly I get results: I disabled all my extensions, and yet ...
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How do I restrict Google search site operator by excluding subdomains?

Let's say I ran the following query in Google's web search: site:"superuser.com" "windows 7" This will return results on the blog.superuser.com subdomain. How can I restrict results to only be ...
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Is there a way to tell Google I don't want results from a certain website?

If you are logged into your Google account, search results are personalized for you based on what Google thinks you are more likely to be interested in. Is there a way (other than creating a custom ...
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How can I bring back the Google “cached version” links?

Since Google Search switched to the new layout, two things have been bothering me immensely. One is the absence of "cached version" links which are ocasionally very useful. How do I bring them back? (...
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How to search something on across multiple sites with a single Google query?

I tried (search term site:stackoverflow.com) OR (search term site:superuser.com) OR (search term site:stackexchange.com) search term site:stackoverflow.com,superuser.com,stackexchange.com search ...
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How to sort Google Scholar search results by number of citations?

There appears to be no way to sort Google Scholar search results by any field. If somebody has figured out a way to do so, please share.
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Can I teach Google that when I say “Java”, I mean “Java 6”?

I use Google a lot to look for Java documentation. Example: If I want to find documentation for HashMap, I just google Java hashmap and Google knows to redirect me to the javadoc page. However, it ...
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What does gws_rd=cr in the URL indicate?

On opening Google.com, gws_rd=cr is added to the URL. This has been happening only for the past day or so. What does this indicate? Why did this start showing up recently? I have been using the same ...
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Why does Google Search use redirects instead of direct links?

All Google Search results are a redirect link like this: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=19&ved=0CHUQFjAIOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwebapps....
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Any way to prevent certain websites from displaying in Google search results? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to remove sites permanently from (my personal) google search results? The website www.bigresource.com is completely useless but highly optimized for search ...
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How do I link my Google Profile to my blog?

Google search results show a link to the Google Profile for the author of appropriate search results, how do I ask Google to do this for the content I've created? I have a necessary parts (blog + ...
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How to open Google Cached version of a URL

I have a URL http://raw.fotosite.pl/ which seems broken. I want to view its cached version if cached by Google/any other web caching site. In Google advanced search is there any special keyword/...
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How to restrict a Google search to results of a specific language?

How can I restrict the results of a Google search to only a specific language? Is there an operator like language:english?
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How can I avoid sites that scrape and republish others?

Usually I use Google for search. Over the last few months most of the top search results I get are for sites that only seem to exist to scrape others. For example these ones scrape Microsoft's forums: ...
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How to limit Google search result to a set of websites?

I want to limit my Google search query to a set of websites. I am using the Opera Mini browser on my tablet for searching.
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Why did Google replace the “+” operator?

Google no longer accepts the + operator. If I attempt to use the + operator, I get the following message: The + operator has been replaced. To search for an exact word or phrase, use double ...
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How do we access the previous versions of Google caches?

How do we access the "earlier caches" of Google? For example, the website http://www.onemillionpeople.com/ is current down for maintenance. When I access the Google's web cache, it still shows "...
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Force Google search to use only the exact words typed, no spellcheck or synonyms

How can I force Google search to use only the exact words (not entire phrase) I typed and not to use spell check and similar words/synonyms? Here is a query I performed in Google search: Mayavi ...
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Google's “I'm feeling lucky” URL

I'm trying to make an URL that redirects me to the first result using the "I'm feeling lucky" feature, for this I add &btnI=I to the search url but sometimes it doesn't work, and shows me the ...
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Case-sensitive Google search

Is there any way to make a Google search case-sensitive?
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Using Google Search to find what a symbol means without knowing what it's called

I was doing math homework and wanted to find out what ⊃ means, so I entered the symbol ⊃ in Google Search. However, I got no search results. How can I use Google to find out what symbols mean?
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Google Search: Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network.

I frequently the below message when using Google search: Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network. This page checks to see if it's really you sending the requests, ...
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Google: what language is chr, and why is my homepage set there?

For reasons I can't fathom, my Google searches keep ending up at http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=chr. What language is 'chr' (I don't why I can't find this by searching Google, but I can't)? More ...
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Setting Google results to stay in a language, regardless of location

How do I keep the Google search results in English regardless of where I am searching from? Google is a genius at knowing what ads to show me and what particular language to show me the ads. If I ...
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Does Google log your search to your Google account?

When I go google.com and do a search while being logged in to my Gmail account (or Google account). does Google log that search to that specific account or will it only log that search to the browser?...
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How to force Google search to only return English results?

I'm in France and trying to use Google in English only. My Google settings are set to English everywhere: I've also clicked on the link "use google.com" but when I do a search, it still shows some ...
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Disable Google +1 functionality

How do I disable Google +1 functionality from appearing in my searches? I want to remove "+1" icon from Google Search results, is there way to do so?
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Why on the first page google says there are thousands of results but on the last page there are less than a hundred?

Why on the first page google says there are thousands of results but on the last page there are less than a hundred? That's kind of a recursive google search that should be self explanatory. It did ...
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How can I search Google for “>>” [duplicate]

I was trying to discover what >> meant in java, I think it's some sort of operation but not sure, so I typed it into Google: Java ">>" and got the same results as for just Java. Is there ...
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O Google, where art thou Linux special search?

Google Linux search has disappeared. Were there any announcements by Google regarding it? google.com/linux was a Linux specific search, part of a set of Special Searches along with UncleSam and BSD. ...
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How can I make Google prioritize StackOverflow results?

I don't want site:stackoverflow.com (that rules out other sites). I don't want to star stackoverflow.com Google results (that's too manual). I want to search Google such that any stackoverflow.com ...