Honoring periods/Honouring full-stops

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Post 3+ Months Ago

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Is there a way to instruct Google to include any leading- or trailing-periods in a search?

For example, when you search for .htaccess Google gives you the results fo htaccess (no leading period).

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Yep ....

put the whole thing in quotes: ".htaccess"



edit:
Looking for just .htaccess does do what you were asking ... maybe you need glasses?
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Zwirko wrote:
Yep ....

put the whole thing in quotes: ".htaccess"

edit:
Looking for just .htaccess does do what you were asking ... maybe you need glasses?


With or without quotes, Google searches for htaccess (no period) still appears in the results. I circled the obvious but even if you look at the number 1 result, you will see that htaccess is highlighted, NOT the period. But you might want your eyes checked first ;)

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I see. The two are mixed and you just wanted the one?

Interestingly, the bit at the top says:

Results 1-10 of about 19,100,000 for .htacess - even though it's not actually searching for exactly that.
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Yeah. Also applies to hyphens.

Just wondered if it was possible...
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According to this page most punctuation is not searched for.

GoogleGuide wrote:
Google ignores most punctuation and special characters including , . ; ? [ ] ( ) @ / * < >


It also states that hyphenated words are spelt so many ways it searches for a bunch of variations.

GoogleGuide wrote:
When Google encounters a hyphen (-) in a query term, e.g., [ part-time ], it searches for:
the term with the hyphen, e.g., part-time
the term without the hyphen, e.g., parttime
the term with the hyphen replaced by a space, e.g., part time



However, it doesn't tell us if there is "backdoor" you can use to get around this.

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