I tried using site:.pdf for finding websites ending with .pdf but it did not showed up anything. If I would have googled "free pdf books" etc it shows up pdf results. Why doesn't it show up the my query?

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Because site: operator works for TLDs and .pdf is not a tld. It's a file type. use the filetype: operator to search for pdf files. E.g. -

origin of species filetype:pdf

Results -

Google results

  • Filetype does not work for me.
    – user16610
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 11:44
  • filetype, not Filetype.
    – Bibhas
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 12:00
  • google filetype:.html shows up no results.
    – user16610
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 12:05
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    Read the answer carefully. see what you're doing wrong. yeah, your query is wrong.
    – Bibhas
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 12:57
  • this is the right answer. You can't include the . in the search query. Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 13:20

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