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You can use special characters and words to get more specific search results. Except for the examples below, most punctuation is ignored. For example, a search for law! is seen by Google as law.

Note: When you search using symbols, don't add any spaces between the symbol and your search terms. For example, a search for -law will work, but - law will not.

Punctuation & symbols that Google Search recognizes

Symbol What you can use it for
+ Google ignores common search words. If a common word is essential, include it by using a plus before that word.
Examples: +ask lawyer
- Remove words

When you use a dash before a word or site, it excludes results that include that word or site. This is useful for words with multiple meanings, like train to teach and train the railway carriages.

Examples: life sentence -grammar -language

Connect words

When the dash is in between multiple words, Google will know the words are strongly connected.

Example: twelve-year-old boy

_ Connect two words like quick_sort. Your search results will find this pair of words either linked together (quicksort) or connected by an underscore (quick_sort).
" When you put a word or phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as what's inside the quotes.
Note: Only use this if you're looking for an exact word or phrase, otherwise you'll exclude many helpful results by mistake.
Example: "honesty is the best policy"
* Add an asterisk within a search as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. Use with quotation marks to find variations of that exact phrase or to remember words in the middle of a phrase.
Example: "a * saved is a * earned"