Basic Google commands

February 22, 2008

Google is a search engine and a whole lot more. There are many cool things you can do with Google…For example: Try this….go to Google and type in “122131 + 32112” or “13324 – 231” or “2332 / 231” See what it gives you. Google can also be used as a calculator!

But, that is not needed for what we are trying to do. We just mentioned it so that you would know that there is a lot that Google can do….

What we are trying to do is look for pages that have:

* The phrase “Index of” in the title
* The phrase “Index of” on the page
* The word “Name” on the page
* The word “Size” on the page
* The word “Description” on the page
* The word “Last Modified” on the page

If you we find pages that fit this criteria, we will have found all the un-protected directories on the Internet. So how do we do this?

Type this line in the Google search box:
intitle:”index of” +”index of”  +size +name +description +modified

When you search for this, you will find all the un-protected directories on the Internet that Goggle has found! Try to see what people have stored in the unprotected directories! It could be fun!

But, what is more important is, let us try to understand how that line works. Once you understand how that line works, you will be able to make your own lines and extract all sorts of cool things out of Google.

The line: intitle:”index of” +”index of”  +size +name +description +modified

It is made up of many different small Google commands. The different commands are:

intitle:”index of” : This tells Google to only search for web pages with the term “index of” in the Title of the web page. The term “intitle:” is called an OPERATOR.

So if you have intitle:”index of” in the search box, Google knows that it has to search for only pages with “index of” in the title…

+”index of” : This tells Google that all the pages that come in the search results, must have “index of” on the page.

The “+” basically tells Google that whatever is after the “+” MUST be there in all the pages that Google provides in the results.

For example: You go to Google and type in “monkey  +cat” it will provide all the pages that have the term monkey and also have the term “cat” in them. If you just type in “monkey cat” then the pages that have “monkey or cat” or “monkey and cat” may show up in the search results.

Basically, just remember if you want all searched pages to have a particular word, use the “+”! This is useful is the cases when you are searching for a “synonym” kind of word.

For example: Let us say you are searching for an article about “voice recognition”. But whenever, you type in “voice recognition” the results that come are about “Asha Bhosle”! But what you are looking for is the “method” of voice recognition.

So, to clear up the results, you can use a search terms like this:
“voice recognition” +method –“Asha Bhosle”

Now, you may get much better search results! The search results will be about “voice reognition”…. It will have only pages with the word “method” in them and it will NOT have pages with the term “Asha Bhose” in them.

Things to notice:

* If you put anything within “quotation” marks, Google searches for that exact phrase
* A “+” behind a term will make sure that term is there in all the results pages
* A “-“ behind a term will make sure that term is NOT there in all the results pages
* There is NO SPACE between the “+” and the term or the “-“ and the term. Basically there is no space between the “operator” and the term.

Having understood all this, let us look at the whole line again. It should make much more sense:

intitle:”index of” +”index of”  +size +name +description +modified

The line basically tells Google to search for pages with:

* The phrase “index of” in the title
* The phrase “index of” somewhere on the page
* The word “name” somewhere on the page
* The word “size” somewhere on the page
* The word “description” somewhere on the page
* The word “modified” somewhere on the page

And if you understood everything till now, you will see how this command can be used to find all the un-protected directories on the Internet! Look at it carefully….

intitle:”index of” +”index of”  +size +name +description +modified

Now, let us do cool stuff….let us find ebooks, games, songs etc.. in these un-protected directories!

2 Responses to “Basic Google commands”

  1. linden Says:

    MORE MORE………COOL THIS HAS MADE MY DAY…WEEK….(NEED TO GET OUT MORE)…LOL IM VERY IMPRESSED BEST WISHES LINDEN

  2. randolf Says:

    My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that ‘achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.’


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