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|What Appears on the Results Page|
The results page is filled with information and links, most of which relate to your query.
Statistics Bar: Describes your search, includes the number of results on the current results page and an estimate of the total number of results, as well as the time your search took. For the sake of efficiency, Google estimates the number of results; it would take considerably longer to compute the exact number. Every underlined term in the statistics bar is linked to its dictionary definition.
Below are descriptions of some search-result components. These components appear in fonts of different colors on the result page to make it easier to distinguish them from one another.
When Google hasn't crawled a page, it doesn't include a snippet. A page might not be crawled because its publisher requested no crawling, or because the page was written in such a way that it was too difficult to crawl.
Large web pages are far less likely to be relevant to your query than smaller pages. For the sake of efficiency, Google searches only the first 101 kilobytes (approximately 17,000 words) of a web page. Assuming 15 words per line and 50 lines per page, Google searches the first 22 pages of a document. If a page is larger, Google will list the page as being 101 kilobytes. This means that Google's results won't reference any part of a document beyond its first 101 kilobytes.
Limiting the number of results from a given site to two ensures that pages from one site will not dominate your search results and that Google provides pages from a variety of sites.
When Google returns more than one page of results, you can view subsequent pages by clicking either a page number or one of the "o"s in the whimsical "Gooooogle" that appears below the last search result on the page.
If you find yourself scrolling through pages of results, consider increasing the number of results Google displays on each results page by changing your global preferences (see the section Changing Your Global Preferences).
In practice, however, if pages of interest to you aren't within the first 10 or 20 results, consider refining your query instead of sifting through pages of less relevant results. To simplify such refinements, Google includes a search box at the bottom of the page you can use to enter your refined query
For more on what's included on Google's results page, visit www.google.com/help/interpret.html.