Google's cached pages are essentially backups of every page it accesses, providing the Google search engine a way to judge how well your search corresponds to existing Web pages. You may want to access cached pages if the current page is unavailable. Google automatically highlights all search terms in the cached versions of pages and links pointing to the current page; however, you can remove highlights simply by deleting part of Google's cached URL and copying and pasting the actual URL back into part of your address.
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Open your Web browser and visit Google.com. Perform your desired search and press "Enter." Click the "Cached" icon under the desired search result.
Copy the link at the top of Google's cached "Header" next to "This Is Google's cache of..." followed by the actual website's link by right-clicking and selecting "Copy Link Location." You may also highlight the Web address, right-click it and then select "Copy."
Look at your URL Web address. You will see "http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:" followed by a string of numbers and letters (Google's search operator links). Highlight and delete everything after "http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:".
Right-click the URL field after "http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:" and click "Paste" to copy your link into the search engine. Click "Enter" to view the page with no highlights.
Tips and warnings
- "http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:" is Google's Web Cache Search Operator. You can always paste this into your Web browser followed by a web address to bring up a cached page.
- Search operators are also known as "protocols." Every Web browser needs a protocol (e.g. HTTP and FTP) in the URL field to know how to process an address.
- Using Google's Chrome Web browser you can view the page without the copy-and-paste method simply by removing "http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=" from the Web address in your URL field, since "cache:" is a usable protocol in Google Chrome.
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