Google filetype: News

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Google.com has quietly improved its filetype: searches. Previously, it was looking (simply) for the part of a page URL that ends in the filetype: argument, and it can still do so:

filetype:tonini (finds Facebook profiles in particular).

However, for standard, common file types, Google now also searches for all files of a given kind (such as MS Excel), with a variety of extensions. I.e. Google now searches according to the “true” file format (vs. just the string in a URL after the last period). For example, consider this search:

attendees filetype:xlsx -xlsx.

You will be finding MS Excel files

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