#170: Finding Documents via Google

Have you ever wished you could search Google but instead of websites you only want to find a certain type of document? If so, you’re in luck. Google search has an operator that allows you to limit your search results to a specific type of document or file type.

The filetype: operator is what you’ll use for this type of search.  Just specify the file extension of the type of document you’re looking for.

The most common formats to search include:

  • PPT – PowerPoint
  • DOC – Word
  • PDF – Adobe Acrobat
  • XLS  – Excel

See the complete list of file types this will work for and more relevant details in Google Help. And find even more great search tricks like this from Google Guide.


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