Google Upgrades Punctuation Search Results

Google has updated its search results for queries involving punctuation marks and symbols. Searching for the symbol equivalent of a period, comma, carat, percent sign and more symbols now will return search results – though they aren’t always exactly relevant, Google Operating System reported.

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Punctuation marks now generating search results, generally where the Wikipedia page about the symbol ranks as the top link, include:

  • . (full stop/period)
  • , (comma)
  • : (colon) – however, the colon that is a piece of the large intestine currently outranks the punctuation mark of the same  name
  • ; (semicolon)
  • # (number sign)
  • % (percent sign)
  • @ (at sign)
  • ^ (caret)
  • ( ) { } [ ] (bracket) – parentheses, brackets and curly brackets are all combined into the same search result
  • ~ (tilde)
  • | (vertical bar)
  • “ (quotation marks)
  • < (less-than sign)
  • > (greater-than sign)
  • $ (dollar sign)

Other symbols and punctuation marks that Google can recognize and will return results for:

  • ! (exclamation point)
  • ‘ (apostrophe)
  • & (ampersand)
  • _ (underscore)
  • – (minus sign)
  • + (plus sign)
  • = (equals sign)
  • (backslash)
  • / (slash) – however, guitarist Slash currently outranks the punctuation mark of the forward slash

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One symbol Google still doesn’t return results for is the asterisk (*).

On Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines, these punctuation searches will result in a message that no results were found.

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