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I know a file is available somewhere on the internet for download whose exact name I know, e.g. abc-def-ghi.pdf. If I enter the filename into the Google search box, Google does not find it.

I found the file by searching Google for text which is contained in the file. From this Google search, I can download the file. Also, later I can download the file again just by entering the URL found by Google search.

How though can I use Google to search for web pages where this file is available for download?

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Maybe this searchterm helps you: allinurl: "abc-def-ghi.pdf" filetype:pdf. You should also check out Googles advanced search: https://www.google.com/advanced_search

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