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Google Boolean Search Operators - Which ones work?



3:36 pm on Jan 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Just tried to use the minus operator in a simple Google search.

Seems this doesn't work like it used to.

Seems like the plus operator doesn't work either.

Has Google broken boolean search operators?

I read an OLD (2011) discussion on the Google Product Forums and it doesn't look good.

Maybe this is news to me and not you all - but heck, this seems like something worth yacking about.

[productforums.google.com ]

I would love to hear if there are alternatives.


[edited by: aakk9999 at 4:00 pm (utc) on Jan 7, 2014]
[edit reason] Fixed URL [/edit]

Robert Charlton

7:26 pm on Jan 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Put the word that you want returned in quotes. This has effectively replaced the plus sign. I haven't tried it in a boolean syntax, but it seems to work on its own.

I use the minus operator frequently, and it's always worked. Make sure that there's no space between the operator and the word you don't want to appear.

Please test these further and let us know how it goes.

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