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Google removes the “cache:” operator and cached pages from search

Google will soon remove the ability to view a cached version of a webpage. The company has already removed the cached links from search, and the "cache:" operator in the URL is the next subject to be killed. While the links have gone, the cache operator still works. It is currently only applicable to web searches and provides users with access to a cached version of a webpage generated by Google.

This allows users to access the content even when the website itself is unavailable. To use this feature, users need to enter "cache:site.com/page.html" in the search box on Google.

Google Cache Removed

Google's Danny Sullivan recently posted on X (formerly Twitter) that the cache operator will soon become part of the search history. He explains that it is one of Google's oldest features, designed to ensure that users can still access data when a website is inaccessible.

However, such situations rarely occur nowadays, leading to the decision to discontinue this option. Sullivan expressed hope that Google can collaborate with the Internet Archive in the future to include links to archived versions of websites from The Wayback Machine in the "About this result" section.

Anyways, it won't be an in-place replacement. The cache feature in Google loads quickly and guarantees to bring up a recent and accurate snapshot. Sure, it is same thing as the Wayback Machine does, but sometimes it had copies of websites that the Wayback Machine can't offer. So yet another useful feature is vanished.

The change has been originally spotted by Barry Schwartz.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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