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Google verbatim search shortcut

Inspired by a thread on Hacker News, I decided to look deeper at verbatim search.

Basically, it searches for the given string as is, discounting the following (from the FAQ):

  • spelling corrections and alternative spellings
  • personalizing your search by using information such as sites you’ve visited before
  • including synonyms of your search terms to find related results
  • finding results that match similar terms to those in your query
  • searching for words with the same stem, like “running” when you search for [ run ]

Pretty easily I was able to extract the GET parameter and value, and create a Search Engine in Chrome titled ‘gv’.

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=%s&tbs=li:1

I also use ‘go’ for google’s feeling lucky.

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=%s&btnI

I find this particularly useful for things like w4 tax form, napalm ftp, or for access to google services like movie:11217.

I’m still using duckduckgo as my primary search engine.

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