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google after and before command

Google Launched After: and Before: Two New Search Commands

google after and before command

Google’s Danny Sullivan revealed new search commands, the before: and also after: commands. The brand-new commands enable customers to limit searches to specific dates. The new search command is something Google is testing.

How Google’s Before/After Commands Work?

The commands accomplish the same functionality as the date range tools for restricting searches to specific date ranges.

According to Danny:

“The before: & after: commands return documents before & after a date. You must provide year-month-day dates or only a year. You can combine both. For example:

[avengers endgame before:2019]
[avengers endgame after:2019-04-01]
[avengers endgame after:2019-03-01 before:2019-03-05]”

How to Use Before/After Google Search Command:

If you put “example before:2019” then Google will show you result published before 2019. & the same thing when you search for “example after:2018” then Google will show you result after 2018, in other words, Google will show those article who published in 2019.

See this screenshot for understanding better.

before and after command

Danny Sullivan also provided some tips for use after and before :

“Power user note! If you provide only a year, before: & after: translates those into full dates that work, such as follows:

[before:2018] =

[after:2018] =

Danny also indicated that you can use dashes or slashes in the dates.

His other tweet:


You can also use a single digit for month or day, so all of these are valid:


Curiously, Danny stated that it is difficult for Google to know when a document was published. Thus, the date notation is not to be taken for an absolute but rather Google’s estimation.

“This leads to another power user note about dates. It can be difficult for us to know the exact date of a document for a variety of reasons. There’s no standard way that all site owners use to indicate a publishing or republishing date….”


Using the old date tool could sometimes be awkward because it involved a lot of clicking around and filling out input fields. This new feature makes it easier to find information that was published within a specific time period. I hope this article will be very informative for all you guys.

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