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Why does Google Search use redirects instead of direct links?

All Google Search results are a redirect link like this: ...
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Is there a +lang:en option in google search, like +site:<domain>? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I have some shortcut for language and area change in Google search? Is there an option like +lang:en in google search, like +site:? It would restrict results based ...
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Stop Google search personalization keeping search history

I know I can stop Google search personalization by not logging in or clearing web history. What I want to do is to keep my search history, but stop Google to personalize my search query. Because I ...
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802 views

Exclude Google results containing search term in title?

I'm searching Google and wish to limit results to ones that contain my search term in the page body but NOT the page title. Is this possible?
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Pressing Backspace in Google Search doesn't go back one page

Using Google Instant with autocomplete turned on, I'm unable to press the backspace button to go back to the previous page. When I press the backspace button, I do not have focus in the search input ...
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Search for multiple unrelated words in Google Search

Google used to have the "+" operator, but I believe they removed it. I want to search for Q&A sites using the following query: what language is * written in? + c++ However, in the top ...
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How to search this on Google?

It's a little meta... .. But how do I "properly" search for something like Visual C++ Executable Stack on Google? (See below for an illustration of the problem.)
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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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316 views

Find number in Google with wildcards

I want to find a number that starts with "221" and is an 11 digit number. For example: 221XXXXXXXX Does Google support any method to find something like this? Perhaps with regex or wildcards?
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Results from Google do not contain my search terms

I have a frustrating feeling that Google's results are sometimes inaccurate: When I'm looking for terms that do not exist together, Google gives me results anyway even if these results do not contain ...
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Blocking all about.com websites (*.about.com) from my Google search results

I regularly block websites from my Google search results. I've had no trouble with this Google feature, with the notable exception of about.com. This website uses a million subdomains, making it hard ...
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How do I specify a filetype in a Google search?

Is there a syntax to specify a filetype in a Google search? What is it? (I'm looking for PDFs.)
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Can't turn off Google Personal Search, the option isn't displayed

I'm trying to turn off personal results in Google search but I can't find where the settings are. I am directed to my Google account's Search Settings but the section I need - "Search plus Your ...
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Is it possible to turn off dependence of search terms (operator) order in Google search?

I used 4 search terms in a Google search in different order (no search operator at all, only terms) and get 220000 vs. 250000 results and different sites in top 30 search results. It's not tragic, ...
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How to search within a specific area in Google Search

Is there any way to search for some information on sites belonging to a particular area without specifying the area name as a keyword in the search string? or Is there any way to search for some ...
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Customising Google search

When I search for something with Google, I often get a comment that goes something like Whoa, your search query is too interesting; showing results that other users searched for instead. ...
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Google Map search shows 2nd business at same address

I have a friend with two businesses at the same physical address. http://alliancebjjmn.com/ and http://crossfitmn.com/ He used to use the same website for both businesses, but now they are ...
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Is it possible to “downvote” a Google web search result?

Google added a '+1' feature to promote certain results. Once a few people upvote a result, it's universally seen closer to the top of the results page. The Google Help pages include a way to report ...
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Do Google Search URLs contain sensitive (private) details?

I noticed that if I'm logged into Google Account (my Gmail and everything) and do a search in the address bar, the URL of the resultant page is really long. Now, I was wondering: is there any ...
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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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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 ...
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What are the differences between localized and encrypted Google search?

What is the difference in my search results when I search from Australia using: http://www.google.com.au/ And when I search from the same country using: https://encrypted.google.com/
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Search Gmail for emails with no text (except for signature)

I want to create a Gmail filter that uses the Canned Responses labs feature to automatically send a reply to messages that have no text in the body, apart from any signatures. How can I do this?
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Why does it give me different result when I use prefix “how to” when compared to only using keywords?

Why does it give me different result when I use prefix "how to" when compared to only using keywords? For example: I searched "how to lose fat from tummy" and excluding the common keywords "loose fat ...
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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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Google: How to escape double quotes inside a phrase search?

With Google I can do exact match searches like this: "exact match phrase" What if I would like to include double quotes like this?: " "exact match" phrase" Is this possible? Can I escape somehow?
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Filter Google results for links created within the last X months? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to do a Google search for webpages last updated within 2 years? There is the year range operator in Google Search. For instance, searching for keyword 2011..2011 ...
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Why does Google skip my search result?

Recently, I was actually searching for some pdf documents on Google. My search query was: conditions for view Serializability The result page looked like this: The first result was exactly what ...
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Service that shows most popular queries/keywords related to a specific topic X? [closed]

I know Google Trends/Zeitgeist. But what I'm looking for is a service where you can enter, for example "Politics", and then the service gives out the most popular queries containing "Politics"-keyword ...
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On Google search, is there a way to disable autocomplete but keep Instant?

Google Instant has gotten to a level of speed that makes it extremely usable. Now that I like it, I'd like to turn off autocomplete, which seems to get in the way of the Instant results, more than ...
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Filter or sort Google search results by “number of posts”

I love the "X Posts" flourish that adorns certain Google search results (usually indicating that the link leads to some sort of forum). Is there a way to limit results to only those with posts, or ...
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382 views

How do I exclude results with the .php file extension in Google search?

I spend a lot of time searching for resources about PHP. As the search narrows and the results get fewer, I begin to get a lot of noise from pages unrelated to my research, simply appearing there ...
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84 views

Is there a way to specify more precise site category in Google Search?

Is there a Google Search feature to show results from a very specific category? For example, show only results from software company websites, or social networking websites, etc. I am aware of a few ...
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3answers
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Reverting to the classic Google cache link in search results via userscript

I would like to ask if it is possible to bring back the "Cached" link in Google search results (back next to the result title). So does anyone know of (or if it's possible to make) an extension or ...
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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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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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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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3k views

How to use a wildcard in the middle of an URL when querying a site-specific search in Google?

I commonly use the Google wildcard asterisk (*) term. One of my favorites uses is searching with site:*.edu But I recently tried site:csu*.edu in order to search California State University ...
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How do I use the search term +? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Forced words in Google search query are being ignored, plus no longer working as explicit inclusion When I have multiple search terms, I like to use the '+' to tell ...
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How to have “block all sites from example.com” always displayed on Google

Sometimes I see a link added to Google search results to "block all results from example.com" except this link is never displayed for the domains which I actually want to block. Is there some way to ...
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105 views

How do I get pages marked +1 in Google search results to rise to the top?

I've noticed that pages where I have marked with +1 have "You +1'd this" in Google search results. However, it doesn't seem to affect the order of results, or there may be very small differences I ...
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Google search based engine with clustered results

Is there a search engine based on Google Search that clusters search results by subject, and shows them e.g. as circles on a 2D graph, so: results with similar subjects have a smaller distance ...
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Does LinkedIn access my cookies and Google search history for its suggestions? [closed]

LinkedIn seems to suggest people I may know. I believe, or it's my hypothesis, that LinkedIn scours information located in the cookie files on my computer and in some way accesses the information that ...
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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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How do I force Google Search to use the word I type with no “corrections”?

Many of the acronyms or scientific words I punch into Google seem to be silently auto-corrected to something more usual, e.g. "MAPB agarose" is turned into "map agarose" without the Showing ...
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Google Instant Keyboard Navigation stopped working

I just noticed that the keyboard navigation stopped working for me in Google Chrome. I tried to re-activate Google Instant and to re-login, but that didn't solve it. How can I reactivate it? Or do you ...
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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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How can one send multiple word OR queries to Google?

I am trying to send Google a search query with several units, some containing more than one word, separated by the boolean operator OR. Usually I'd write: (Oneword, Two words, Something containing ...
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Forced words in Google search query are being ignored, plus no longer working as explicit inclusion

How do I force including a word in Google search if the plus (+) operator doesn't work anymore? Here's an example search. +("os x" OR "osx") +temperature +(console OR "command line") I expected ...
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How do I search for keywords in Google Docs, and see the results with context?

I have many documents stored on Google Docs as text or spreadsheets. In many of them I put little "todo: something notes" I would like to search though them and see a list somewhere Is that ...