Google adds new date filters for search

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11 Apr 2019

This is Google's newest trick to filter search results

In a bid to simplify the experience of looking up information, Google is adding a new trick into search.

The tech giant has introduced a specific set of commands that a Google searcher can use with their query to filter out results by time.

This will make searching snappier and more seamless than it ever was.

Here's how you can use the new commands.

Problem

Filtering results by date is time consuming

Filtering results by date is time consuming

Since 2009, Google has been offering a dedicated box under the search bar to help users filter out results by time.

The option allowed users to get results from the past hour, 24 hours, week, month, year, and even provided a way to pick a 'custom date range'.

However, as the option was separate from search, many didn't even use it.

New commands

New Google commands will change this

Now, Google is bringing the same capabilities into the search box in the form of specific commands - 'before:' and 'after:'

You can use these commands alone or together to filter out results with a specific date or period.

For instance, if you want results associated with Avengers Endgame from before 2019, you will have to write 'Avengers Endgame before:2019'.

Same goes for 'after:2019'.

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Unique features

Filtering results by specific date

Filtering results by specific date

When you're entering a year, Google translates it into full dates for the beginning or the end of the year, depending on the before/after command used.

However, if you want results from before/after a specific date, just enter the query and follow up with 'before:' or 'after:' and the date in question.

For instance, a query for Endgame would look like 'Avengers Endgame before:2019-4-24'.

You can even combine both commands

Plus, you can also combine both commands to get results for a specific time period. This means you could write something like 'Avengers Endgame after:2018-05-05 before:2018-12-04'.

Here is Google's announcement

Availability

Commands active in beta right now

Google says filtering commands are available in beta and will roll out after some additional elements are finalized, including the display of dates in results.

We believe the capability would make filtering out results a tad easier for users.

The search giant says its system will recognize both dashes and slashes as long as the date is written in the year-month-day format.

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Most asked questions

Is this option available for all?

Will this option work on mobile?

Are there any other new filters?

When this option will roll out to the public?

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Is this option available for all?

Asked 2019-04-11 10:47:11 by Navya Malhotra

Answered by NewsBytes

No, the option is available only in beta at this stage.

Will this option work on mobile?

Asked 2019-04-11 10:47:11 by Vibhore Banerjee

Answered by NewsBytes

When available, the new filter commands will work on both web and mobile app.

Are there any other new filters?

Asked 2019-04-11 10:47:11 by Vishal Powar

Answered by NewsBytes

As of now, this is the only new filter announced by Google.

When this option will roll out to the public?

Asked 2019-04-11 10:47:11 by Vivaan Shah

Answered by NewsBytes

As of now, the new filter commands are in beta testing and there's no timeline for the final rollout.

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