Google: How to Access Filter by Date Dropdown Box

   Posted April 25, 2008 by David Kirk in Google

Filtering google searches by time periods has been one of the most frequently requested features. By manipulating the search url, you can trigger google’s filter by data dropdown box to appear. With this drop down box, you can easily select what time dates you want google to filter the results.

I often want to search for updated news on a common search term. For example, say you wanted to search for Obama news for the last 24 hrs. Using this little google hack, you can focus your search over whichever time period you want.

First goto and search for your search term. I’m going to use “obama” as my example.

Obviously, I receive the highest ranked searches all-time for Obama.

Next, just add &as_qdr=d to the end of the URL and press ENTER.

This post was suggested by techcrunch who also points out that more focus can be obtained: Just change the =d to d5 for 5 days, or w5 for five weeks, or y5 for 5 year, etc.


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  • fivekitten

    Thank you so much!!! Other websites gave different instructions with the same string and yours was the only one that worked!!!

  • Robert


    Thanks for posting this info, and even more so by using screen caps for examples!

    I would like this to be by default search process. Any suggestions on adding “&as_qdr=d” to all Google searches through an amended bookmark, a bookmarklet or alteration in my Firefox

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  • huhuhuh

    huhhu thank for the now im ready search………….

  • CourtneyA

    it works! thank uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!