How To Search For A Specific File on Google

November 17, 2021

Google searches for information contained in all sorts of documents—not just
HTML Web pages. In particular, Google searches for the following file types
and extensions in addition to normal Web pages:
 Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
 Adobe PostScript (PS)
 Lotus 1-2-3 (WK1, WK2, WK3, WK4, WK5, WKI, WKS, WKU)
 Lotus WordPro (LWP)
 MacWrite (MW)
 Microsoft Excel (XLS)
 Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT)
 Microsoft Word (DOC)
 Microsoft Works (WDB, WKS, WPS)
 Microsoft Write (WRI)
 Rich Text Format (RTF)
 Text (ANS, TXT)


If you want to restrict your results to a specific file type, add the following
phrase to your query: filetype:filetype. For example, if you want to search only
for Microsoft Word documents, enter filetype:doc.
To eliminate a particular file type from your search results, add the following
phrase to your query: -filetype:filetype. For example, if you want to eliminate
PDF files from your results, enter -filetype:pdf.

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