Google Search - how to search for PDF files

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In this article, we would like to show you how to search for PDF in Google Search.

1. Using filetype

To find a specific file type in Google we use filetype: operator with the file type we want to search.

Example searching for PDF files:

Google Search - filetype example
Google Search - filetype example

You can also use ext which is undocumented alias for filetype.


This solution works for: pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx file extensions.

3. Using advanced search

Go to the Settings -> Advanced search

Google Search - Advanced search example
Google Search - Advanced search example

Then change file type format to the .pdf

Google Search - file type choosing
Google Search - file type choosing

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