Google News: Google Introduce Verbatim Search

Posted on: November 16, 2011

Although it replaced the command with a new operator, (“quotation marks”) Google has admitted that users still aren’t entirely happy. Corin Anderson, Google’s Principle Engineer for Search says “we’ve received a lot of requests for a more deliberate way to tell Google to search using your exact terms. We’ve been listening, and starting today you’ll be able to do just that through verbatim search.”

Verbatim search is a way for users to make all of their searches specific, without the need to enter another command with every query. Once the Verbatim tool is turned on, all searches will be conducted as if each phrase was wrapped with quotation marks.

This means that Google will not apply certain search tweaks to the query, such as; making automatic spelling corrections, personalizing the search, including synonyms of search terms, finding results that match similar terms to those in the query, searching for words with the same stem, and making some terms optional.

To turn the tool on users need to click on the ‘More search tools’ option in the left hand options bar, and select Verbatim. The tool needs to be selected each time Google is opened but will apply to each query in that session once it is selected.


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