Google can search for specific filetypes

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Usually when you do a Google search, you are just looking for information. And there is certainly a lot of it available, no matter what your search phrase is.

And you probably know that you can do a Google search for virtually any type of image. Just type in the name of an object, search for it, then click the “Images” link at the top of the window (although you should make sure the Google Safe Search is turned on first).

What some people don’t know is that you can narrow your search to certain file types, such as .doc (Word documents), .pdf (Adobe Reader files), or .ppt (PowerPoint presentations).

Let’s say you would like to see a PowerPoint presentation on tornadoes. Here is an example of the Google search you would want to do:

tornadoes filetype:ppt

You will see that your search results are only PowerPoint presentations. You can save the file for later viewing, or you can open it directly in PowerPoint. If you don’t have PowerPoint installed on your computer, you can view the presentation in the free PowerPoint Viewer (this allows you to view presentations, but not edit).

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