Maybe you have been to a conference or lecture where the speaker has shared a PDF or PowerPoint presentation.
Or perhaps you are looking for a Microsoft or OpenOffice document uploaded online but you can’t find it.
Or you might be a developer who is looking for examples of files such as .html and .java.
If you seriously want to raise your Google searching skills to another level, or you actually need to find a specific file type/extension online, Google has a powerful search operator which can help you do just that.
Sure, you can type in “[topic] word document” on Google, and you could find it that way.
But you are missing out, not only in understanding more about how Google works, but also in understanding the different Google searches by file type that you can do today.
Google Search File Type Examples
In order for Google to present the right file type in the search results, you simply type filetype: and the file type, followed by a search query to find relevant results.
Below are the list of file types query that you can use directly on Google, so feel free to click on the links below to take you directly to the file type of your choice:
- filetype:swf (Adobe Flash File)
- filetype:pdf (Portable Document Format)
- filetype:ps (Adobe PostScript)
- filetype:dwf (AutoDesk Design Web Format)
- filetype:kml (Google Earth)
- filetype:xls or filetype:xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
- filetype:ppt or filetype:pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint)
- filetype:doc or filetype:docx (Microsoft Word)
- filetype:odp (OpenOffice Presentation)
- filetype:ods (OpenOffice Spreadsheet)
- filetype:odt (OpenOffice Text)
- filetype:rtf (Rich Text Format)
- filetype:txt or filetype:text (Text)
- filetype:wpm (Wireless Markup Language)
- filetype:xml (Extensible Markup Language)
And there are also other file types which are more geared towards web developers and designers, such as:
And you can check out the video below on how you can search on Google for the filetypes above (don’t forget to enlarge the screen and choose 1080p HD quality for better clarity):
What’s up, everybody? I am Ahmed Khalifa and today I’m going to be showing you how you can find specific file types or file extensions on Google. Because you may not know that Google can index a heck of a lot of files via a search developed page.
So let me show you how you can do just that.
1. Adobe Flash (.swf)
So let’s start off with the first file that Google can index, and all you have to do for any file type search is to type in ‘filetype:’ and then the extension code at the end.
So we’ll start off with the Adobe Flash, which is ‘swf’, and put a topic in there, which could be about Adobe.
Hit the return key and as you can see, these are all flash files, right there, indexed on Google.
2. Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
Another one is the Portable Document Format, otherwise known as PDF, and something that we all use quite a lot. Again, ‘filetype:pdf’, with a topic and there you are, PDF files indexed on Google.
3. Adobe PostScript (.ps)
Another one is PostScript, and that is simply, ‘filetype:ps’. Just might be relevant for some people.
4. AutoDesk Design Web Format (.dwf)
And this is AutoDesk Design Web Format. And that is ‘dwf’. And there you go, indexed right there on Google.
5. Google Earth (.kml)
Next one is Google Earth. Did you know that Google Earth has its own file type? In this case it is ‘kml’.
So this is ‘kml’ and maybe for a location, type in ‘London’. And there you go, ‘kml’ is the Google Earth file extension, and in this situation it is London.
6. Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx)
Let’s get more familiar then and maybe you want to find the Microsoft files. So for example, an Excel Spreadsheet. And that is ‘xls’. Here you are, the ‘xls’ indexed in Google.
And the other option is ‘xlsx’. And you can see that the results page is quite different as well, so mix it up. Mix up between ‘xls’ and ‘xlsx’ as well for your Excel spreadsheet.
7. Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx)
Next one is PowerPoint and PowerPoint is simply, ‘ppt’. Right there in Google, if you open it right there, you can see that you can just open it directly on your screen as well. And that is something that you can do right there and then.
And while it’s downloading, you can also do ‘pptx’ as well. It’s another option.
So ‘pptx’ is another way of finding it. And there you go, there’s the file that I just opened on Google.
8. Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
Another Microsoft programme that we’re familiar with is Word and that is simply, ‘doc’. ‘filetype:doc’ indexes on Google, or ‘docx’ as well.
And again the search results page is different so give it a shot. You never know what you might find there on the search developed page.
9. OpenOffice Presentation (.odp)
Then there’s the OpenOffice version as well. Presentations, spreadsheets and text.
So, if we want to find the OpenOffice presentation, it’s ‘odp’ and there you are. All written there, and it’s written as ODF, that’s how Google indexed the OpenOffice Documents.
As you can see there, it’s all ‘.odp’ and when you open it, the same idea, you’ll be able to open these files on your computer, should be.
10. OpenOffice Spreadsheet (.ods)
Then there is OpenOffice spreadsheet. Which is ‘ods’, again, same style.
You have ODF written there, but the file extensions are all ‘.ods’, when you open it you can see it’s a spreadsheet.
11. OpenOffice Text (.odt)
You also have the OpenOffice Text.
And that is ‘odt’, same story, ODF written there, but the file types are all ‘.odt’. And that’s for Open Office Text.
12. Rich Text Format (.rtf)
Then you have the Rich Text Format. And that is simply ‘rtf’. Simple as that, right there on Google.
13. Text (.txt, .text)
Another text document you can do is Text, or ‘txt’.
It doesn’t really have a logo appearing on the side like all the other ones, but you can see it is all ‘.txt’ there as well.
And another thing you could do is not just ‘txt’, but ‘filetype:text’ on top of it as well. Slightly more skewed result, but again, you just never know what you might find there.
14. Wireless Markup Language (.wml)
Then you have Wireless Markup Language, which is ‘wp’, I’m sorry, ‘wml’ actually.
There you go, WML, right there. Wireless Markup Language.
15. Extensible File Markup (.xml)
And then you have ‘xml’, which is something that maybe most people are familiar with if you have a website, for example, XTML Sitemap.
But you can type in ‘xml’ there as well, so ‘filetype:xml’ and it doesn’t come up with a logo but the extensions there are all ‘.xml’ on the search results page.
Other File Types on Google
And instead of going through all the other ones that you can go through, there are some interesting file types that you can search for, specifically for the web developers out there.
And that includes:
…quite a lot there.
So check them out. You can actually find these file types as well, indexed on Google. And I hope you find it useful and if you did, let me know in the comments. Have you managed to find the file that you have been looking for for a long time?
And I’d be interested to know what you think about this search trick, that few people use or know about, so let me know in the comment below.
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