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Author Topic: Cool Google trick: search file types  (Read 4314 times)

zridling

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Cool Google trick: search file types
« on: May 15, 2007, 06:01:14 AM »
[via Rob Wier]:

Google has a nice feature that allows you to search for documents that match a given file type. This is done by adding "filetype:NNN" to your query, where NNN corresponds to the file type. (Add an extra N for 4-letter formats.)

Here's a trend line of several terms.

Lashiec

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Re: Cool Google trick: search file types
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2007, 05:00:04 AM »
Hey, that's neat! I'd like to add that I didn't know about this Google Trends, and it seems that docx is winning :o

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Re: Cool Google trick: search file types
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2007, 05:15:41 AM »
Note that the trendline is about newsitems that feature the fileformats in their acticle, not the amount of files of each type!

If for example there is a big scandal about docx, then the trendline would go up because of all the reports, without any additional docx files being indexed by google.

Unfortunately the filetype: query is not allowed within trends.

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Re: Cool Google trick: search file types
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2007, 05:20:12 AM »
Oh, that's why it didn't return much information about some sound formats

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Re: Cool Google trick: search file types
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2007, 06:45:35 PM »
I use the filetype: search a lot, mostly for finding samples of some filetypes for creating new defs for TrID. One may be really surprised seeing how many files are left in pubblic (and thus index) areas!

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Re: Cool Google trick: search file types
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2007, 07:18:27 PM »
Here's another file search trick in Google:
http://www.veign.com...le-search-trick.html