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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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How to stop Google's "people also search for"

Whenever you do a search on Google, it will give the results which you then click on, obviously. But sometimes you hit back to go back to the results.The problem is, Google waits a second to make some ...
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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 ...
Lance Roberts's user avatar
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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 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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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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Is there a way to remove sites permanently from (my personal) Google search results? [duplicate]

I regularly find 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 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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Is there a way to search using regular expressions?

It would be very useful if Google provided a regular expression search. Is there a way to do this? I am not talking about search operators like site:, filetype:, AND, OR or "Text". I would ...
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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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Google for the exact phrase (and no, quotation marks don't help)

Simple question. How can I google for the exact phrase match? Making a simple google of this, it says "use quotation marks". Well I did that just now. I searched for this: "accuracy map&...
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Copy raw link found by Google search, not the one with extra redirect added [duplicate]

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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How to use Google's web cache to view a page [duplicate]

I have this Google webcache link of Forbes.com: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:YITURJmnFeUJ:www.forbes.com/celebrities2004/LIR4XKR.html%3FpassListId%3D53%26passYear%3D2004%...
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How to force Google search to only return English results? [duplicate]

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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URL format for Google's I'm Feeling Lucky [closed]

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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How to exclude a domain from Google search?

I would like to do a search query and filter out all results from www.foo.com. How do I do that?
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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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What does "tbm" mean in Google Search

What does "tbm" mean in Google Search? For example: https://www.google.com/?tbm=dsc
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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? [closed]

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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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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Google copy link location annoyance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Turning off Google search results indirection Sounds like a stupid question, but this really bothers me and I don't see an easy workaround. Every time I need to post link to ...
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How can I access google.com outside the US? [closed]

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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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 from ...
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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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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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Force Google Search to do absolutely exact match

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 ...
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How to disable Google's doodle

I am at work, and wanted to Google something, but then I saw the Halloween Doodle (and I played with it). Now I have no idea what I was searching for. How can I disable Google's doodle, to stop it ...
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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 term ...
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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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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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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 (publicly ...
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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 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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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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Case-sensitive Google search

Is there any way to make a Google search case-sensitive?
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Google search for "-1" returning no results [duplicate]

How come that searching for "-1" on Google Search Engine returns: Your search - -1 - did not match any documents. Suggestions: Make sure that all words are spelled correctly. Try different ...
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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 the ...
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URL for "I'm Feeling Lucky" within specific site

I'm looking for an URL that goes directly to the first Google hit from a certain domain as in "I'm Feeling Lucky" but limited to a certain domain. I'm using this formula, but it typically doesn't ...
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Is there a quick way of getting a beautiful URL to a Google search query? [duplicate]

When searching Google I often want to share a link to my search. (not to a search result, to the current page with the results) Many years ago Google used to have excellent URLs. For example: ...
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Would like to exclude any sort of video from a Google search

I have a topic I'm interested in reading about. (DIY hamster toys in this case — but it could be anything.) When I do a Google search there are tons of videos in the results. In my initial ...
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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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Did Google eliminate access to cached sites?

In what seems to be yet another useful feature Google has apparently and quietly removed, viewing Google's cached versions of websites appears to now be impossible. Their documentation is predictably ...
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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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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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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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Convert time zones with Google?

Can I convert time zone calculations (18:30 CEST to GMT+1 for example) with Google?
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How do I escape Google functional characters?

How do you search searches that include Google functional characters, like - * " on Google? For example, how would one search for "Hello World" with the quotes included into the search?
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How can I have a public searchable GitHub account?

My GitHub account is public: https://github.com/USER. I can see my name even if not connected (active Sign up, Sign in buttons). However, I cannot find my projects when searching after it (Google, ...
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