Google Drops Support For Single Double Quote Search Shortcut

Jul 5, 2010 • 8:29 am | comments (6) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

In the past, if you searched in Google for an exact phrase you only had to start the phrase off with a double quote to achieve that result.

For example a search for ["query goes here] would be the same as ["query goes here"]. That is no longer the case.

Try it yourself by searching for ["It was a big turning point] vs. ["It was a big turning point"]. The results are different. Three days ago, they would have been the same.

Inout spotted this and also posted a thread on it at Google Blogoscoped Forums where one searcher said, "That's a pain. I used to use that a lot. Even though it was one character it felt like it was saving me a lot of time (I guess because it was two key presses)."

Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums.

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