50+ Google and Yahoo Search Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

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A shortcut in general is defined as “a route shorter than the usual one.” I find this definition the best one because it can be applied to any meaning of the word including a “search shortcut” (not a keyboard shortcut) which basically means any pre-defined combination of characters / words that allows to quickly get an answer to your initial question.

This post is intended as a comprehensive guide to Google and Yahoo search shortcuts providing a cheat sheet of over 50 shortcuts and comparing the two search engines.

Google and Yahoo Search Shortcuts Compared:

The extended version of the table is also available as a separate HTML file here and as a .doc file here.

What a shortcut does / where it is used GoogleYahoo!
Definitions and encyclopedic references define:seodefine seo
Define seomoon facts
Synonyms and related words (seems to work only when it makes sense and is now used by default) Compare: ~clever and ~apple and applesynonym clever
Local / Area specific Weather reportweather San Franciscoweather San Francisco
World time time Londontime London
Area code and zip code clarification 415415
Local map 875 n Michigan ave Chicago il875 n Michigan ave Chicago il
Traffic report los angeles traffic
Hotel reviews and information hilton hotel san francisco / hotel los angeleshilton san francisco / hotel los angeles
News, scores and schedules for sports teamssan francisco 49ers / yankees scoressan francisco 49ers / yankees scores
Earthquake activity earthquakeearthquake
Store, restaurant, or other local businessChinese food 02138Chinese food 02138
Local events events chicago
Reviews and show times for moviesmovies 02138 / showtimes 90028movies 02138 / showtimes 90028
U.S. flightsamerican airlines 18 / Houston airport / Houston IAHamerican airlines 18 / N924an
Finance / stock quotes GOOGford motor quote / GOOG
Recent news headlines news obamanews obama
Artist and song lyrics u2 lyrics / u2 beautiful day lyrics
ShoppingProduct reviews and pricingmp3 player (pricing)mp3 player (reviews and category)
Coupon codes Gap coupons
MathsAdditions45 + 3945 + 39
subtraction45 – 3945 – 39
multiplication45 * 3945 * 39
division45 / 3945 / 39
percentage45% of 3945% of 39
raise to a power2^52^5
convert2 miles to inches and convert 2 miles to inchesconvert 2 miles to inches
currency converter 150 GBP in USD / convert 100 dollars to yen150 GBP in USD / convert 100 dollars to yen
square rootsquare root 4 and sqrt 4
Package tracker1zw10f9702000270391zw10f970200027039
Recipeslow fat recipes
Search within site site:amazon.com bestseller / site:.edusite:amazon.com bestseller / site:.edu
Search for backlinks link:http://www.apple.com/itunes applelink:http://www.apple.com/itunes apple / linkdomain:apple.com apple
Search term location Term(s) in URL allinurl:student loansinurl:student inurl:loans
Term(s) in title allintitle:student loans intitle:student intitle:loans
Term(s) in body text intext:sun
Term(s) in backlink anchor text allinanchor:student loans
Specific file type filetype:pdf]originurlextension:pdf
Related sites related:www.amazon.com
SE saved copy cache:http://www.apple.com/itunes/
URL-related info info:http://www.apple.com/itunes/url:http://www.amazon.com
Location of the document region:europe

Google Search Shortcuts

Google Shortcuts

Google is well known for its ability to give a searcher answers without him to even have to leave it SERPs.

Google has several “official” guides to its shortcuts and advanced search, and you can read them here, here and here.

Yahoo Search Shortcuts

Yahoo! Search Shortcuts

Yahoo! newly-introduced “new” search brought a number of very useful shortcuts, described here in detail and also listed in the table above.

“Old” shortcuts are also in use, here are all of them:

  • !amazon http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/external-search?mode=blended&keyword=%s
  • !audio http://audio.search.yahoo.com/search/audio?p=%s
  • !ebay http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?satitle=%s
  • !flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/%s/
  • !image http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?p=%s
  • !mw http://myweb.yahoo.com/myresults/ourresults?p=%s
  • !news http://news.search.yahoo.com/news/search?p=%s
  • !php http://www.php.net/%s
  • !shop http://search.shopping.yahoo.com/search?cop=mss&p=%s
  • !video http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?p=%s
  • !wiki http://en.wikipedia.org?search=%s
  • !mail http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?login=1&To=%s

Create Your Own Shortcuts:

Create Shortcuts in FireFox

“Smart keywords” is the FireFox feature that lets you create shortcuts for any search engine / site you need. I have described how to create and operate FireFox smart keywords in detail previously:

Search shortcuts

Create Yahoo! Search Shortcuts:

Yahoo! open shortcuts allow to create shortcuts of your own:

  • Create a shortcut for any search you want to perform;
  • Type an ! (exclamation point) followed by the name of the shortcut in the Yahoo! Search box (note: doesn’t work from FireFox search plugins for me, only from Yahoo home page);
  • Examples:
    • !wsf to search “weather san francisco” on Yahoo!
    • !ebay laptops to search for “laptops” on Ebay

Further reading:

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  • Great list as always Ann! as for shortcuts, I am so used to my Ubiquity shortcuts that I can hardly imagine how I could do without them

  • Thanks, Ann. It’s amazing how versatile the search process proves to be. It’s tough to keep aware of all of them and a checklist is a great thing to keep by you.

    • bob

      thank you thats wonderful!!! =]

  • Good info as always.

  • Ann thanks for sharing..

  • Good post Ann!

  • Really thorough list, some really useful shortcuts there and I’m glad you included Yahoo as some people tend to focus only on Google.

  • Great post, Ann.
    It is worth noting that searching Yankee Scores (as listed above) provides much different results than Yankees Score. It is more of a difference than the normal singular vs. plural search.


  • Great information for both major search engines, but some of it not working or might m not get use of it. for ex. info:http://www.apple.com/itunes/ here it only showing url and meta description, so can you give more info on this ?

  • thanks too much

  • @Maulik, I for one use url: / info: operator to see if a search engine indexed the URL.

  • @Unnecessary Umlaut, thanks tons! Edited the post and the downloads.

  • Very useful post, Ann.. as always.

  • John

    Very useful. Reminds me of another cheat sheet on how to fully leverage google searching. Great stuff!

  • This is a great article. I’m sure to spend a bit more time on those area code and zip code shortcuts.

    But aren’t there shortcuts also for searching images and videos on Google and YouTube?

  • Nice one..will always come handy

  • thanks for your information……….

  • Greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat List Ann.

    Thanks 🙂

  • Finally a 100% complete list of shortcuts 🙂 Tyvm!

  • Nice little cheat-sheet. Thanks for the write-up this is being bookmarked with the rest of my study guides/lists.