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Is there a way to do a real exact match in Google?

Quotes or plus do not make it exact.

I'm trying to search for the phrase "offset 0", but the results contain "offset: 0", which is not the same and not what I'm looking for.

I've encountered such a problem with many other queries, too.

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Try Yandex. It's a Russian search engine providing the opportunity to search with an exact match as well as other options (for example searching a word by entering first X letters and leaving out last Y letters etc.). A useful article about searching in yandex: http://www.russiansearchtips.com/2015/04/yandex-ppc-match-type-operators-for-best-keyword-selection/

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    I'm upvoting this because it solves the root problem better than the way OP's question was phrased. The point is just to find specific info quickly, not to stay married to google. Please consider the specific application of the question before down-voting answers for relevance. – mopsyd Jun 23 '16 at 15:04
  • To add a bit to this answer. You can use quotation marks to indicate words should go together and exclamation marks before a word to indicate you want an exact match. Example: "!offset: 0" Unfortunately it does not actually work with punctuation and so this is not an answer to the question! (whether you include the ! or not you will always end up looking for both offset: 0 and offset 0. – Kvothe Aug 23 '18 at 15:10
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In your particular case it doesn't look possible.

As Google Search Help says:

Generally, most punctuation and special characters are ignored...

While that bit is specifically about the search term, it also appears to apply to the index as well. It looks to me that Google doesn't store (or at least doesn't search) content that is punctuation.

Even using the verbatim tool doesn't help.

I even tried "offset 0" -"offset: 0" but the colon is ignored in the index.

Other search engines might do it differently, but I doubt it.

See also:

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    this is the first time that I want to use the downvote button as a dislike one. I don't understand, if Google doesn't count those operators, then what is the point to have them in the first place? – Ooker Jan 25 '18 at 11:10
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Use search engine dedicated to this problem (exact match searching): http://symbolhound.com/?q=offset+0

Inspired by the answer from StackOverflow

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