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Each letter is a link to that element's definition:

A. Advanced Search
Links to a page that enables you to restrict your search if necessary.
B. Preferences
Links to a page that enables you to set search preferences, including the default number of results per page, the interface language, and whether to screen results using our SafeSearch filter.
C. Language Tools
Tools for setting language preferences for pages to be searched, interface language and translation of results.
D. Search Tips
Links to information that will help you search more effectively. Tells you how Google differs from other search engines--from the way we handle basic queries to the special features that set us apart.
E. Search Field
To enter a query into Google, just type in a few descriptive keywords. Hit enter or click on the Google Search button for your list of relevant results.
F. Google Search Button
Click on this button to submit another search query. You can also submit a query by hitting the 'enter' key.
G. Tabs
Click the tab for the kind of search you want to conduct. Choose from a full web search, images only, Google Groups (Usenet discussion archive) or the Google Directory (the web organized into browsable categories).
H. Statistics Bar
This line describes your search and indicates the number of results returned as well as the amount of time it took to complete your search.
I. Category
If your search terms also appear in the web directory, these suggested categories may help you find more information related to your query. Click on them to browse for other links.
J. Page Title
The first line of the result is the title of the web page found. Sometimes, instead of a title there will be a URL, meaning that either the page has no title, or Google has not indexed the full content of that page. We still know it's a good match because of other web pages -- which we have indexed -- that have links to this returned page. If the text associated with these links matches your query, we may return the page as a result even though its full text has not been indexed.
K. Text Below the Title
This text is an excerpt from the returned result page showing your query terms bolded. These excerpts let you see the context in which your search terms appear on the page, before you click on the result. If Google expanded your search using its stemming technology to include variations of your search terms, those words will also be bolded.
L. Description
If your search query is listed in the web directory, the description filed by the open directory author is displayed.
M. Category
If a site found by your search query is listed in the web directory, the category in which it appears is displayed below its description.
N. URL of Result
This is the web address of the returned result.
O. Size
This number is the size of the text portion of the found web page. It is omitted for sites we have not yet indexed.
P. Supplemental Result
Google augments results for difficult queries by searching a supplemental collection of web pages. Results from this index are marked in green as "Supplemental."

Clicking the cached link will enable you to see the contents of the web page as of the time we indexed it. If for some reason the site link does not connect you to the current page, you can still retrieve the cached version and may find the information you need there. Your search terms are highlighted on the cached version.


Similar Pages
When you select the Similar Pages link for a particular result, Google automatically scouts the web for pages that are related to this result.

S. Indented Result
When Google finds multiple results from the same web site, the most relevant result is listed first with the other relevant pages from that same site indented below it.
T. More Results
If there are more than two results from the same site, the remaining results can be accessed by clicking on "More results from..." link.
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