Did Google Just Increase The Font Size Of Google Search?

It is not often that Google changes something on the front-end of Google Search. The only element that the Google developers change regularly is the logo that adds a little bit of change to the search engine every other day or so. Changes to the rest of the front-end on the other hand are rare and it came as a surprise that the font size of the search form has been increased significantly. This has been tested with various web browsers like Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer which all confirmed the change. We first thought it was caused by a Firefox add-on or Greasemonkey script or related to the Firefox update yesterday but this is apparently not the case.

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The font size of the Google search result pages on the other hand do not look like they have been changed as well. The new font size looks and feels alien on first glance which can be attributed to the fact that the font size has not changed in years.

Not everyone might experience the new font size. Reasons for this could be that Google is testing the font size in Google Search and showing it only to some of the search engine visitors. Another reason might be that Google is adjusting the font size based on the visitors screen resolution.

Let us know if you see the larger font size in Google Search as well and what you think of it.

Update: Users who prefer the old font size can install a Greasemonkey script to revert back to the old font size.

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  1. YKeong September 10, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    Yes, font size is larger. Tested with multiple laptops in totally 2 different geographical locations and network setups. It is different.

    • Charles Henson September 11, 2009 at 12:09 am #

      We are seeing it all over. I noticed it on the 9th on my home laptop. I tried to re-adjust my screen size and realized it had not changed. I don''t like it today but may when I am 70.

    • Dan September 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

      I had several non-computer-savvy people call me saying "Everything" on their screen was bigger and asking if I could fix it.... hah. Apparently Google homepage = EVERYTHING.

  2. szekelya September 10, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    It has increased, and I'm using a 20" 1600x1200 resolution monitor.
    I'll check at home on my 10" 1024x600 netbook as well, I guess I'd prefer to have bigger font size there if I had to choose.

  3. Iain Rogers (Hong Kong) September 10, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    Yes, I noticed it straight away. Thought I'd hit the wrong key. After much fiddling, I realised that it was a Google change. Don't like it very much but I guess I'll just have to get used to it. Posted: 10 [email protected]:40HKT

    • Martin September 10, 2009 at 10:40 am #

      Will probably not take long until a Greasemonkey script gets released to revert the change.

    • AAF September 10, 2009 at 8:43 pm #

      Agreed - not a huge fan, but I guess I will have to get used to it.

  4. RG September 10, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Noticed that as well, kind of caught me off guard. I thought maybe I was zoomed in hehe.

  5. mums September 10, 2009 at 11:02 am #

    You can clearly see the difference when you look at the french version of google search




    It seems also that the logo in the UK version (and other I guess) is no longer an image but a div with an image as a background

  6. Gaurav September 10, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    i too am experencing this alien font... it looks as if something different has happened in our ususal lifes.

  7. Phil September 10, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    Yes I noticed it straight away. Was a bit worried as the increased font size was a sympton of the PCHealth browser hijack I had about a year ago.

    Done my virus and adware scans and nothing and you seem to be confirming it is a google change.

    I don't like change....

  8. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Awfull, and disturbing

  9. hires September 10, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    I am glad to hear it is not just me, but disappointed that google found it necessary to noodle with something that was working just fine. I guess someone had nothing better to do and is trying to justify their job.

    In any case I changed my home page to another search engine as the google page now looks like retro Micky Mouse

  10. garry September 10, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Noticed this a short time ago, thought my laptop had been zapped. Don't like it, makes me feel like a four year old trying to read for the first time, why do they just change things. If it aint broke don't fix it. Can I have the old style back please...............

  11. G September 10, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    Personally, I hate it. I'm on a 22" screen running at native resolution, and the large font looks ridiculous. There was nothing wrong with it before - why mess with it?

    I am perfectly capable of deciding what font size I and cannot read. Either change it back, or give us the option.

  12. anon September 10, 2009 at 11:50 am #

    The font is sooooo ugly and I fine it disturbing as well . I spend whole day fiddling thinking my text size was an issue or perhaps virus as the rest of the office mates did not seems to have change of font

  13. Zach September 10, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    HATE it.

  14. Martin September 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    I get the old size of the text while visiting google.com, but while visiting my countrys local site (google.no), the font gets bigger. Looks like the change only has been done to local versions of google search.

  15. smimon September 10, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    Easy reading mode, shame i'm not a senior citizen

  16. Gordon September 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    Never mind the awful font size, where's my preferences button gone?

    • Morgandy September 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

      I hate it ! It is clumsy and unpleasant to use, gets in the way. I hope there will be some way of changing it soon.

  17. Lily September 10, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    I actually like it. its neater and clearer! i just like the font big and visible

  18. Kriekira September 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    Blech! It's not just larger, it comes from a different (aesthetic) planet. The goal, apparently, was to make the search drop-down stand out. Mission accomplished. Since I use Google thirty or forty times a day, this is like waking with a giant index finger and thumb. I know where the search box is; I know how to use it. I neither need it to be, nor want it to be, more apparent.

  19. Vinicius September 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Here in Brazil, it is bigger.

  20. Paunchline September 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    At first I thought it was indicative of a malware infection, spent some time trying to change it through 'preferences' on Google before deciding to search the issue via Google. Relieved, but disgruntled.

  21. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    I hate it.

    • Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

      its annoying. makes me feel like a child and an old person at once. i wish they would change it back or at least give the option.

  22. Stevo September 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    Yeah, I don't like it.

  23. E J September 10, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

    Glad to find it is an alteration made on the part of Google.
    But, I really do not like this new text/font size, it looks out of proportion and, like another poster said earlier, has a very child-like/elderly look and feel to it.
    Please change it back to how it was before. It was absolutely fine and looked very neat. Totally opposite to this new version!!!??

  24. Anthony B September 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    I spent ages trying to change the size back. You can if you choose 'go to Google.com' (on the right, underneath the search title box).
    I do prefer the original size. As someone else points out - It just feels like job justifying tinkering for its own sake!

  25. Nik September 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    Yes, it is definitely larger font. I first noticed it on my PC. Then, this morning on my MAC, I saw the same change in Safari. When I first noticed it, I thought I was zoomed in - however, resetting the zoom level did not change it. Come on Google, bring the original size back!

  26. thomas jones September 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    I'm in Ireland and mine has changed at home and at work. I dont like it. Would prefer the option


  27. Amanda September 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    Glad to find it's not some sort of virus invading my PC - had me worried for a while! Not keen, looks daft, why not let us choose our own font size, I've only got a small monitor so it looks plain silly.

  28. vaske September 10, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    The same is here at my laptop....bloody font size I have large fonts...:(

  29. richard nankervis September 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    I also thought that someone or something had changed some of the settings om y PC. I think the large font looks awful. Please give us back the previous font.

  30. Martin September 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    Here is a userscript to go back to the old font size: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/57449

  31. Michal September 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    I see enlarged fonts (on 1200x800, PL language version) and it looks strange (and rather bad) to me. However it would be nice to have choice the who knows maybe it would be nice to choose such fonts on smaller computer (like netbook)

  32. dwarf_toss September 10, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    Meh. Been using the Irish iGoogle page since my standard one was raped by Google not-so-long ago. The new one is just fugly, and I'm not a huge UI whore, but I refuse to use it.

    Whatever happened to storing your preferrence in a cookie? I like the idea of changing standard font as much as I like the "awesome"bar (not at all).

    It just gets tiring looking for crude scripts and other junk to negate these silly changes. Just because the masses "don't mind it" doesn't mean that it was a great idea!

    That all said, perhaps I'm blissfully ignorant but I don't see this font change. I hate it for those who do, though. ;)

  33. Francesco September 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    Noticed this morning on google.co.uk when logged in at work (7.45am - UK time). Thought it was:

    -a me zooming without being aware.
    -b Support and Operations guys fooling around with some browser setting.

    Turns out it's just Google fiddling with something that was nice and turning it into [email protected] Disturbing. Throws me back to Internet 1963. Can we expect now some animated gifs on the front page? What about some clip-art next to the megahuge search buttons? Well done you! >@

  34. august September 10, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    Noticed it as well, after the jump from iGoogle to the normal google search results. So, in iGoogle the new font(/-size) doesn't show, in Google.nl (Netherlands), it does.
    And sure, at first I thought i was zoomed in as well.

  35. David September 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    I noticed this last night (9SEP2009) with Firefox on my laptop, and tried everything to change it back. I also thought that I had done something wrong, until I came into work and saw the same thing here. If only I could install the greasemonkey script on my work computer....

  36. mabel September 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm #

    yes it's changed for me too..
    quite the shock this morning :P
    it's a bit unsettling.. (i don't like change)

  37. Postal September 10, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    Just posted this to [email protected]:

    Thank heavens for Firefox, Greasemonkey and the community who support them. With their help I don't have to have the Janet-and-John size print on my screen following the unwanted, unadvertised and unattractive change in text size you have imposed today. I suggest that Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products & User Experience only takes half of her job title seriously if she thinks that she is doing a good job.

    For many more who use other browsers or who are not as technically aware, the option is not Greasemonkey, the option is "Do I go to Yahoo!" or "Do I go to Bing".

  38. guest September 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    yes, i saw the change and thought it was a virus...so tried hard to rectify it...also thot that google could have changed it....but wen i askd ppl...atleast 5, they all said their fonts were the same...so i was convinced its a virus...or some setting has to be changed in my comp...but then thankfully, i had the brains to do a google search and realised google had indeed made the fonts bigger. i guess i was one of the lucky ones to see the change ! i prefer the earlier one though :)

  39. LuLu September 10, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    The new font size is awful. I thought I had really messed something up in my browser when I discovered the change. It would have been nice to see an explination and a way to change it back to something that doesn't offend.

  40. Wii Fit Plus September 10, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    I noticed it this morning too on my google.co.uk. It looks pretty weird.

    Why would google play around/change a winning formula? If it ain't broke don't fix it!! ;)

  41. Matthew Tillett September 10, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    Me too. I went through all my browser settings and even the OS settings to make sure nothing had changed - "by itself". Can't say I like the new larger font, but I'm sure I will get used to it.

  42. Tom September 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    Hate it

  43. Cola September 10, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    It's unnecessarily large. first i don't really want people able to look over my shoulder and read what i'm searching so much clearer, and two i thinkn the bigger font looks like kindergarten letters. hate it.

  44. Squid September 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    Yes, larger on 22" and laptop...HATE IT! I am with Cola - it's either a kindergarten or a nursing home setting. Go back Shane, go back!!!!

  45. Sharon D September 10, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Hate it!

  46. Rajiv Menon September 10, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    I didn't like it either. It looks awfull !! Did they mess up the Google news also? I saw one section in too small a font.. and another in normal font. I dont understand why they want to mess up something which is working just fine !!

  47. Change Isn't Good September 10, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    It is larger & I don't like it!!!!

  48. Notify First September 10, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    Before making a change, at least post a message below the search buttons saying "Font size will change 9/10/09, don't be alarmed."

    Think of all the time this confusion has wasted everyone. If only 2 minutes of zooming and reading this thread, multiplied by millions of users, that's a big waste.

  49. Dave S September 10, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    Yes, I saw it for the first time today - thought I'd gone mad and was checking all my Firefox font settings! The search box is now HUGE!

    Glad to hear it's not just me, although I really don't like it and would prefer it back to the previous size. I might even bash together some user CSS to do it for me - will see how I feel about it in a few days time.

  50. nickwilcock September 10, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    I've wasted quite a while trying to find a way to restore it to the way it was - I detest the new kiddie-font.
    I also tried to find a way of sending feedback - no luck. Then I tried to ring them, but the 9-option automatic answer doesn't provide any appropriate option.
    If they haven't put it back the way it was within a couple of days, I'll be using a different search engine.
    These geeks need to learn not to alienate users!

  51. hate it September 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    damn google. gimme me the font back. wasting my times thinking something wrong with my ubuntu.

  52. oi! September 10, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    I use Google Chrome and I can see larger fonts. I don't like them. I tried to chnge the font size to regular by tweaking under the hood setting for web language and fonts. but did not work. It 's just unpleasant. and not to mention all the time I wasted figuring out what is "wrong" and how do I fix it. Damn you google! It's not even April First!

  53. Cheree September 10, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    I noticed it this morning and thought it was the result of some kind of spyware attack. I think web developers would be smart to post some kind of notice to users when they make these kinds of changes. With similar changes caused so frequently by spyware, viruses, and other programs, it would be good to know the cause so that users don't have to worry about what's causing the sudden change in interface.

  54. argghh!! September 10, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    why the change? At least give us the reason. It really annoy me that i'm unable to search in google without thinking about it. Can we sue google for disturbing peace of mind and productivity? I swear I'll sue the heck of of them!

  55. DewScented666 September 10, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    omg lol. I have been submitting bug reports thinking that Konqueror was bust and it's freaking Google xD

  56. Steve September 10, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    I cleared my browser cache, history, cookies...and the fonts went back to small. I had this happen on both Mac OS X using Safari 4 and XP Pro using IE 7.

  57. flux September 10, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Does look odd, but kudos to Google for not stagnating. Google still has a little of the spirit of Heath Ledger left in it.

  58. Hammad September 10, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    font size is larger then before and it making the who layout look bad....:(

  59. why french is exclude September 10, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    Go here http://www.google.fr/

    Why the french is excluded in all of this mess? This is a blatant discrimination. More point to sue google for being racist. Gimme me my font back! In my 12" lappy, it takes most of the screen with that giant font. Dammit!

  60. oi! September 10, 2009 at 6:01 pm #


    On this blog It looks like they announced but I don't read that blog regularly and can't spend time right now to check if it's official announcement or not.

    And yeah you can't leave the feedback either. BAD Google. It should have option for normal font size. I hate bigger fonts everywhere.

  61. Bill C September 10, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    I do not care for the larger font. Also, the autocomplete/fill has stopped working on my other browsers. In Safari it still works.

  62. Gerald September 10, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    I hate the new font size. I'm not blind and the text on the now bigger buttons is totally uncentered and looks REALLY unprofessional.

    Google, why the hell was THIS necessary?

  63. Isaac September 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm #

    It freaked me out a bit because it seemed quite alien to me and i dont really like the change, but i guess it will just take some getting used to as any other new thing would (thats if it is an official change)

  64. Vincent September 10, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    I don't like it at all.

  65. Joey-Oso September 10, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    I agree it's bigger, and I don't like it.

  66. DewScented666 September 10, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    Is anyone else's this big?


  67. arcger1203 September 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    Not sure if I like it yet, have to get used to it. It seems so big.

  68. Rich September 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    This is ugly. How do I revert this back to the previous incantation? Do the Google developers get this feedback? I hope they do.

  69. M September 10, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    Irritating. Perhaps if google allows users the option to choose their own desired font size rather than imposing what they think is "ideal" and better for searches - at the end of the day this just annoys people. I've switched to the "google.com" which displays the normal font size (for the moment), which is my preference. THE LARGER FONT SIZE IS VIRTUALLY LIKE SHOUTING AND VERY PATRONISING!

  70. Francie September 10, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    Yes and it is freaking me out!

  71. keilamym September 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    yes.. this new font sucks.. please change it back

  72. Sharon September 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    Absolutely HATE it. My View tool doesn't provide an option to change font size. I wasted time trying to install Greasemonkey to fix it, but with no success. Why the Google geeks decided to mess with this is beyond me. I find the font size very cumbersome and difficult to read. Wish they'd quit "fixing" things that don't need fixing. I know this might be better for people who have difficulty reading regular type, but why should those of us who can read regular type have to look through a magnifying glass every time we use Google? Surely they can give us options to satisfy everyone.


  73. Alysia September 10, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    The new font size is freaking me out.....I tried 3 different computers and all are changed. I am apt to change but this is too much. I will be installing the script to revert back to the original font size. absolutely HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Trilobite September 10, 2009 at 7:59 pm #

      I thought at first I had accidental hit a key combination causing it to be magnified. After much fiddling, I then though that Microsoft Update had installed a dodgy update.

      I really don't like it at all - it looks as though it was designed by children for children. The old style was far better.

  74. JD September 10, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    Well, according to Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products & User Experience, the Google is excited about the change "because it symbolizes our focus on search and because it makes our clean, minimalist homepage even easier and more fun to use." (See her post on Google's Blog, http://googleblog.blogspot.com/).

    Personally, I fail to see how a larger font makes Google "more fun to use."

  75. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    I noticed it too, and I hate it.

  76. K September 10, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    I had the same thing happen when I came online this morning. Then I went over to BING and that font was fine.

    I don't like GOOGLE making theses changes so suddenly with no warning. Google Search is my home page and I use it for everything. The sudden change with no warning made me think I had a virus or trojan or something and worried me until I found this search result.

    GOOGLE, you should know better than that! Do you appreciate your loyal users? Guess it's time to head on over to BING and start using that.

    • Ozziblue October 21, 2009 at 9:59 am #

      Agreed, Once again a company that had it's product "just right", has managed to now stuff it up. Well, I for one will just move to another search engine.

      It really beats me why companies do this...

  77. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    hate it!

  78. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    I am not blind! I thought I had some sort of virus. Let ME control the size of my font by adjusting the resolution of the page! Increasing the font just decreased the allowable characters in the search box! Lame move!

  79. Orphanbob September 10, 2009 at 8:06 pm #

    Best fix... use FF's homepage for Google.

    I did this in IE as well. :)

  80. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    I hate it!

  81. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    Let me decide my own resolution!

  82. Waterlily September 10, 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    An in between size would suit me, but this makes me feel like I am at the library reading the large print books. Not quite at that stage yet. I can get used to it, but prefer a font not quite so beefed up.

  83. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    I also thought I had changed my setting accidentally.
    I hate it.

  84. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    Go back to Arial Font Size 10!!! Arial is gross when it's bigger.

  85. prospecto September 10, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    For a minute I thought I had another virus. Last time the fonts changed in Google on my pc, it had a virus.

  86. Bill September 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    I noticed it right away. I feel like I am using an old computer with horrible resolution and huge font. What's next? Big blocky grainy graphics?

  87. rruben September 10, 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    haha, I also noticed it. First I didn't realize it was Google who changed it.
    Changing that is so ungooglish ;) hehe

  88. Jerry September 10, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    Hate it.

    Change it back Google.

  89. Mujtaba September 10, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    would have really liked if they had changed the fixed width of search results page that look aweful on high resolution monitor since all result appears in a narrow fixed width column on left

  90. Opera user September 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    Fonts bigger in Opera 10, but not in IE7 or Google Chrome. It only appeared an hour ago on my local Google site.

  91. Paul September 10, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    If it ain't broke, don't mess with it. They should provide a way to revert.

  92. Winger September 10, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    It's feckin horrible! It's obvious the person who came up with the idea has bad vision and didn't know about the "CTRL+Scroll Wheel" zooming feature.

    I don't mind the extended search bar but the text should have stayed the same size.

  93. Icaru5 September 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    Glad I found this !!

    I have the same issue, although, If I close Internet explorer, and then open again a couple of times, it reverts back to normal. Maybe it's random. I too performed multiple virus scans, and was almost convinced someone had remote access, and was just initially testing to see how alert I was to their presence.

    They should at least post something on their search page about it !

  94. GP September 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    Yep -- that's why I googled it and found this post.

  95. baba ghanooj September 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    i hate it now. why isnt there an option so that you can choose how big the font is

  96. Robert September 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    This is ridiculous! I HATE the new font. I'm not blind or some little kid! HATE !!!!

    • Lu lu September 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

      @Robert- agrred D:
      It's like some sort of can you actually read test.
      comon its soo big. like size 16 in word or something =/ it looks childish...

  97. Lu lu September 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    why did they change it! it looks strange..and big, and obnoxious :/
    like when results pop up its like wow...too big :(

    google please change it back! xx

  98. Steenibopper September 10, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    I am not liking it either. I just discovered it a few minutes ago and started hitting cntrl with the scroll wheel on my mouse but it didn't fix it, so I did a search and found this thread here.

    Yes, Google, PLEASE change it back, or give us an option to set things up the way we can best use it for our individual preferences.

  99. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    I HATE IT!

    PLEASE change it back.

  100. gravaera September 10, 2009 at 10:33 pm #

    My oh my. I don't really like it, but I don't not-like it either. I guess I'm just neutral.

  101. Jared Ras September 10, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    Hate it as well. I'm glad a lot here are in agreement.

    Google announced that they did it to make more room for searches, but it doesn't do anything for how many characters you can enter or anything. It just looks messy.

    It seems like most website re-designs think that we're all blind or something. I'm seeing more and more senselessly giant fonts.

  102. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 10:42 pm #

    Simply include an option for your users to make an informed choice Google... Or do you know best ?

  103. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    I've got it. I HATE it. How can we get google to change back!!!

  104. Damien September 10, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    I switched my homepage to Bing. :)

    • Steenibopper September 10, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

      Thank you for mentioning that about Bing, Damien. I never heard of it till I read it here from you and now I've checked it out. I was hoping to find an alternative to Google!

      I like using "Google Suggest", so hoping there is a similar feature with Bing.

    • Danny September 14, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

      yes! me too

  105. Tom Dini September 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    Yup, it's bigger. Been confusing the hell out of me the last couple days, as I've been adjusting the font size in IE but when I get the Google font down to its old size, the rest of the text in IE is super super small... on a whim, I googled 'google font change' and here I am. Now it all makes sense.

  106. puffy September 10, 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    I hate it.

  107. K-Man September 10, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    It so totally sucks!!! Way too big dang-it. I'm a heavy google user- but bing it shall be for me from now on.

  108. hak01 September 10, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    I agree that the font size has changed. However it looks different in different countries.

  109. Madison September 10, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    A real pain:-( Don't like it at all. Makes you think it is something wrong with your computer.
    I do hope they will have the common sense to put back the old fonts.
    So stupid to mess up the fonts.

  110. josh September 10, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    yeah wth is up with the change? i noticed it too and this was the first article i saw about it.

  111. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    It looks terrible. I don't like it.

  112. Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    That it was just me - spent a while trying to chnage it back.
    Then worried it might be a virus.

    Don't like it!

  113. J September 10, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    There is a feedback option on the right hand side of the Google Blog...send 'em a note! Wasted time trying to figure out what happened to my settings :P


    Or here is the email address directly:

    [email protected]

  114. Erin September 10, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    I hate it too. I (gritted my teeth and) did a Google search to see if I could find anything about the change, and here I am.

  115. Martin September 10, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    I noticed in IE this morning, at the same time if Firefox I was on the old size so nothing to do with screen resolution or geo location or even IP adress, however firefox has now stared using the larger font.

    ......and I dont like it one bit! I started checking search preferences in case I had checked a new option box by mistake.

  116. Jbrd September 10, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    Like other people here.I thought That I had a virus,or accidently changed the size of my text.BUT NO GOOGLE HAD TO CHANGE IT WITHOUT TELLING US.wtf google????

    • Steenibopper September 10, 2009 at 11:39 pm #

      Yeah, without telling us - reminds me of another internet place that does changes without telling us...*cough*facebook*cough*.

  117. Jacob September 10, 2009 at 11:53 pm #

    Yeah i see the larger font size (hence why i googled it and found this to make sure it wasnt just me) and i dont like it

    i think google should implement an option to change the font size :)

  118. Jbrd September 10, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    The update ''greasemonkey'' at the top of the page works.I have both firefox,seamonkey,and google is back to normal.

    • Steenibopper September 11, 2009 at 12:06 am #

      Jbrd, please explain how to do this!!! Please!!! :)

      • Martin September 11, 2009 at 12:13 am #

        Steenibopper it is pretty easy to do. All you need is the Greasemonkey extension for the Firefox web browser (which you can get here https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748) to install the script that I linked to in the Update of the original post. Everything is else done automatically.

      • Steenibopper September 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm #

        Thanks, Martin.

  119. IQ September 10, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    I agree to Jacob

  120. Nina September 11, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    I hate it. Got a 19" TFT and it looks ridicoulous and disturbing. Makes you think : WTF did my computer do now? I hope it is just a test period and that the test will fail...otherwiise I will switch to another search engine...

  121. Rox September 11, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    I HATE it.

  122. PM September 11, 2009 at 12:06 am #

    It has increased and looks HORRIBLE! Should be made as an option.

  123. crux September 11, 2009 at 12:15 am #

    not only has the text size increased, but i have completely different buttons now. metallic and shiny. this is gross - give us an option!!

  124. Mike September 11, 2009 at 12:22 am #

    Please change it back to regular size. This reminds me of when I was in Grade 1 learning how to read with the books that had huge letters.
    Dear google, at least make it an option fo those who wish large and those who wish small.
    Thank you for your concern.


  125. Jennie September 11, 2009 at 12:30 am #

    I live in Stockholm, Sweden. I noticed today (September 10th) that the size has increased and I also find it quite annoying.

  126. Ron Shoerack September 11, 2009 at 12:35 am #

    That's it! I'm going to Microsoft BONG! :(((((

  127. Cait September 11, 2009 at 12:43 am #

    I also greatly dislike having forced large font on the search bar. It should definitely be optional - most of us are not visually impaired! Considering changing my search page.

    Also can't find any obvious way to leave feedback to google directly.

    For the first time, thoroughly disappointed in google.

  128. jepx September 11, 2009 at 12:53 am #

    Are you kidding? You don't remember this next week..

  129. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 12:54 am #

    Yes mine is larger and I do not like it. I prefer the original. The new one is hard on the eyes.

  130. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 1:01 am #

    Definitely hate it. I'm glad, though, to see that my computer didn't get some virus.

    Google people, if you're reading this, change your font back to how it was! The new, larger font is ugly and obnoxious. I'll be finding another search engine that's easier on the eyes.

  131. Draken September 11, 2009 at 1:05 am #

    Damn google...made me think I had done something wrong.....I want the old fonts back.

  132. kevin combs September 11, 2009 at 1:11 am #


  133. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 1:14 am #

    I feel like Google should give a heads up before changing anything so they don't freak us out lol

  134. Theo September 11, 2009 at 1:19 am #


    google found that increasing the size makes searching easier on their new netbook. they are looking to the future with this move.

    their goal: phase out desktops and make the os even more irrelevant. net services only. the browser is your os.

    in the meantime, we all suffer on our desktops while they test the waters to find that their new netbook isn't quite ready for prime time.

    GOOGLE should have posted a popout or something notifying us that THEY made the change. how many hours did we all waste trying to figure out what happened?
    i clicked through reset browser to factory default. good thing i dont use any customizations. could have lost some data doing that.

    class action worthy?

  135. Korky Kat September 11, 2009 at 1:21 am #

    Yes it appears in Opera 9.64.

    It look a mess. Please revert back to the previous font.

  136. Bren September 11, 2009 at 1:25 am #

    It's way too big and blurry.

    Hate it.

    Let's hope Google gets the message and changes back like ASAP !!

  137. JJ September 11, 2009 at 1:26 am #

    I guess the people at Google have a lot of free time.
    If you mess things up enough you get promoted to Font Manager!

    Google, come to your senses.

  138. myname September 11, 2009 at 1:28 am #


  139. Chris September 11, 2009 at 1:32 am #

    The new font size is terrible, I'm not EIGHTY years old. They need to change it back or make it customizable. I WILL switch to a new search engine because I hate it so much!

  140. Amanda September 11, 2009 at 1:39 am #

    Change it back google. The old font was great. I feel like I'm 70. Guess I'll be needing a jitterbug as well ha.

  141. an September 11, 2009 at 1:42 am #

    "Let me decide my own resolution!"

    Yeah, like Google did let you do that before..

  142. Steve September 11, 2009 at 1:42 am #

    My Firefox browser is showing the larger fonts.

    I don't like them being this large.

    Thought...keep the old font sizes and make it a setting in Preferences.

  143. San Serif September 11, 2009 at 1:43 am #

    Could this symbolise the beginning of the end for big G ... ?

  144. Giant Fonts Suck September 11, 2009 at 1:44 am #

    What a mess...

  145. SL September 11, 2009 at 1:46 am #

    hate it. spent several minutes trying to adjust my view before realizing that google had screwed with its homepage. google, let us pick our own font size!

  146. theoffkid September 11, 2009 at 1:50 am #

    I thought I was going crazy, I kept re-adjusting my screen in efforts to make it smaller.

    I do not like the increase, it's too large and kind of annoying.

  147. RH Lee September 11, 2009 at 1:57 am #

    New jumbotron search font made me think I was nuts (ok, I probably am)--I thought I inadvertently changed something and wasted my time trying to figure out what I had done. Google Geeks: Next time WARN people when you're messing with the settings.

  148. Ale September 11, 2009 at 2:02 am #

    The new Google buttons are Horrible and really Disturbing. I hate them.
    Any solution for Safari users?

  149. Googleuser September 11, 2009 at 2:04 am #

    I am not a big fan of this change. I went to search using Google and started thinking my Universal Access settings were turned on. Maybe if enough people complain they'll change it back!

  150. Ale September 11, 2009 at 2:05 am #

    It really sucks.
    Let’s hope Google gets the message and changes back like ASAP !!

  151. Shotzi21 September 11, 2009 at 2:07 am #

    Hate It! Will change to a new search engine. Makes me feel like a child. Messed with my computer all day before I realized it was google.....shame on them!

  152. Arial 24pt September 11, 2009 at 2:17 am #

    Google font size.

    Bigger is NOT better.

  153. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 2:20 am #

    Bigger - hate it.

  154. JR September 11, 2009 at 2:24 am #

    Yep, here too. It was normal as of noon PDT; then I took a break for a few hours, and now I'm getting the Reader's Digest Large Print Version. Hate it.

  155. Cynthia September 11, 2009 at 2:25 am #

    Don't like the larger font at all.

  156. Victor September 11, 2009 at 2:26 am #

    I thought it was my computer. I started panicking and messing up with it, just to find out some crackhead from Google messed it up. I like the way it was better. Big fonts and big buttons it's annoying.

  157. alias September 11, 2009 at 2:31 am #

    I feel like I'm in kindergarten. It is very annoying. Please google give us an option.

  158. Scott B. September 11, 2009 at 2:39 am #

    Hate it, hate it, hate it. Change it back, Google!

  159. Benjamin Deschamps September 11, 2009 at 2:48 am #

    Anyone else notice that when you drag the Google logo in the results page (as though to save it to your desktop), the image is actually a larger image with all the required images... It includes the map buttons, the rating stars, etc. and is just clipped via css. Interesting.

  160. Arial 36pt September 11, 2009 at 3:05 am #

    It didn't take long ...

    Already the scammers and low-lifes on the Internet are exploiting this as an opportunity to dupe people into thinking they have a virus.

    There's already a lot of booby trapped links for people searching for:


    • Jbrd September 11, 2009 at 4:12 am #

      Google just screwed the pooch.

  161. will September 11, 2009 at 3:05 am #

    Its horrible.
    It looks stupid and its ugly.
    I preferred it as it was, now it makes it look stupid. It would look better if they changed the font to Segoe UI however not many users (window XP users) will have that font installed on their computers. I do believe a nice GUI change may be nice, but increasing the font is a big no no. There should be an option to turn it off.

  162. Dr. Cruz September 11, 2009 at 3:12 am #

    I HATE IT! I thought I had a virus or maybe even hit a strange key combo by mistake. How arrogant of them. Perhaps I'm done with them.

  163. Sharon September 11, 2009 at 3:30 am #

    I wish we would be told when these kinds of changes are going to be made. I thought it was something I'd done and was trying to see how to change it back before I found this website. I agree with the poster that said this font size makes me feel like a child and an old person at the same time. Don't like it at all. Why doesn't ANYONE ever listen to the adage "if it aint broke, don't fix it?" Change just for the sake of change is annoying especially with something as weird as this. Give us a way to do this size if we WANT to (if we happen to be a child or an older person), but don't just change everyone's browser to this automatically.

  164. JoelRyan September 11, 2009 at 3:34 am #

    Maybe because the new standard for resolution just bumped up to 1080p. Everything was SUPER SMALL when I got my large 1920 x 1080p TV/monitor, making the desktop seem HUGE when I set my Mac to use the native resolution of the new display.

    ... but I liked it that way and google RUINED IT! Now I have to make my browser window all huge and take up half the screen!

    (Thanks a lot Google! NOT!)

  165. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 3:41 am #

    hate it

  166. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 3:43 am #

    hate it too, maybe i will switch to a different search engine...

  167. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 3:54 am #

    hate it!!! ugly ugly ugly

  168. Scott B. September 11, 2009 at 3:55 am #

    If you hate Google's super-sized font as much as I do, please make your feelings known by posting in their help forum:


    If we complain loud enough, maybe they'll change it back.

  169. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 4:01 am #

    does anyone have a script to reduce the size for internet explorer? I'm dying here looking at the ugly big fonts!

  170. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 4:05 am #

    oh yeah, i was wondering, what went wrong suddenly...good i checked this forum..!
    any reasoning it out by Google?
    Guess the earlier size was okay too !

  171. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 4:06 am #

    It's bigger, and I hate it enough to switch to Bing at work. Too bad I can't install Greasemonkey on that computer.

  172. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 4:07 am #

    Guess TNR or comic sans would hv been a better choice than the existing one.

  173. Jbrd September 11, 2009 at 4:21 am #

    If U use firefox or seamonkey,Look at Martins posts he explains it all.

  174. Steve September 11, 2009 at 4:30 am #

    '(O)-(O)/' GAH! No need for glasses, change it back, this is retched!

  175. RTL September 11, 2009 at 4:31 am #

    If I wanted larger writing I would change my resolution.
    While I do not undestand the reason for increasing the size of the search box, I understand some people may want larger writing. That's fine - make it an OPTION!

    • JC September 11, 2009 at 4:43 am #

      I agree it is terrible, I can see that it would be useful to some people, so make it an option and let those who like the smaller size have their preference.

  176. Jane Doe September 11, 2009 at 4:33 am #

    I hate it. The font size is an eyesore, especially inside the search box. Google should have shown their users some respect by sending e-mails out to announce the change, since many people thought they had a problem within their own browsers, and wasted their time trying to repair it.

  177. Gerry September 11, 2009 at 4:33 am #

    It changed on me mid-afternoon today on my 21" monitor. Like others, I thought I may have changed a font setting accidentally, but since the SERPs were still the same, I realized it had to be Google.

    Tonight, it hit my laptop as well. I'll get used to it I guess. No big deal, except some of my longer searches don't fit in the box anymore.

    I don't quite understand some of the comments. Leave Google and use another Search Engine because of a font change in the search box? Puleeeze. And the comment about how they should have sent out emails is priceless. To whom?

  178. kathy in NY September 11, 2009 at 4:35 am #

    It just happened for me within the past couple hours. Hate it!!!

  179. anon September 11, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    font is huge, a terrible idea. now anyone within 20 feet can see what you are searching for...

  180. Unicogirl September 11, 2009 at 4:46 am #

    Wow. Glad someone blogged this.
    I thought my Browser got jacked

  181. Jerry September 11, 2009 at 4:52 am #

    I don't get it.

    Google has a VERY intelligent staff. I always thought Google was one of those rare, innovative corporations that GETS IT. Apparently not.

    Didn't anyone there speak up about how stupid this is?
    Can't they at least make it optional?

  182. Chris September 11, 2009 at 4:55 am #

    Its Google adapting to the aging of the Baby Boomers. Get used to it as I have seen more and more of this this type of thing lately.

    Just look around in your area and count how many retirement homes/assisted living/retirement resorts have popped up in the last year or two.

  183. Patty September 11, 2009 at 5:03 am #

    Yes, I noticed it right away. (That was 2 days ago) I knew I had not made any changes to my viewing preference and figured Google must be trying something new. I do not like the HUGE font. If something isn't broken...don't try to fix it.

  184. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 5:05 am #

    not liking it myself, but I like fairly small fonts

  185. Edith September 11, 2009 at 5:06 am #

    OK, thank-you. I thought I was losing my mind.

  186. Gene September 11, 2009 at 5:31 am #

    I do not like the new font --- I was doing all sorts of thing to correct it on my own -- System Restore, etc., and might have messed up my computer.

    You really do't care about the people, do you - you arrogant bastards

    • Gene September 11, 2009 at 5:34 am #

      I can not install the 'greasemonkey script' either -- for some unkown reason...

      Thank God there are a plethora of other search engines.

  187. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 5:41 am #

    It SUCKS.

  188. ruth September 11, 2009 at 5:50 am #

    I do not like it and I do not want to install a greasemonkey script. I hope they put it back like it was.

  189. Jeff September 11, 2009 at 5:59 am #

    Oh my god! Oh my god!!! My eyes!

  190. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 6:12 am #

    I do not like the new font size. Maybe it was Obama's idea to change it.

  191. saya September 11, 2009 at 6:13 am #

    I don't like it at all. Google should revert back to the old font size, this one is too gigantic.

  192. Samuel Cochran September 11, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    It's more than font size. Google's search results now load faster, too.

    See this article:

  193. jape September 11, 2009 at 6:34 am #

    it sucks.. if its not broke, don't fix it!!!

  194. devadv September 11, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    hi bing, large font? no? ty, sure ill join you.

  195. Confused Gopher September 11, 2009 at 7:01 am #

    worst. font size. ever.

  196. Keyboard Rash September 11, 2009 at 7:04 am #

    Look at it this way - you're getting bigger text for the same price. That, to me, is value.

  197. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 7:23 am #

    Looks like a cheap homemade website. Who would believe it's made by a multi billion dollar company.

  198. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    Worst font ever, I am thinking of changing

  199. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 7:55 am #

    Why change something perfectly good, to something that feels like I'm wearing bi-focals. Ugh fail on google's part.

    • Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 8:11 am #

      Maybe google is attempting to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) in regards to text size and contrast. The new WCAG 2.0 came out in 08 and provides guidance on making websites accessible to the disabled, notably those who are sight-impaired.

  200. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    Nope - Sorry - Don't like it. Thanks for Not telling me of the CHANGE in font size !!!! Spent the whole day trying to figure out what went wrong and how to change it back !!!!

  201. edgar j September 11, 2009 at 8:34 am #


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  203. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    Yes, it has changed, and no, I don't like it...

  204. bagy1 September 11, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    I don't like it at all and as I can see 95% don't like it and I hope it will be same soooooonnn

  205. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    hope they are going to realize soon that they did a huge mistake by doing this thing with font

  206. steve September 11, 2009 at 8:50 am #

    Looks like ass

  207. chris September 11, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    I also noticed this as well and after a couple of hours to let the change sink in, I decided to check online to see if people are talking about it. It looks pretty stupid, and in fact might prompt me to use another search engine (not naming names, but its a 4 letter word haha).

    This similar situtation also appeared with the google toolbar in the late 90s. It would automatically and without warning update itself. You also could not force it to NOT update. You had to use NTFS security permissions to block the DLL from being updated if you wanted to use an older toolbar version.

    Change it back google, and give us the USERS the power to make that change ourselves.

  208. Maya September 11, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    I''m from serbia and i do have larger font. not used to it.

  209. J Howard September 11, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    Noticed it a couple of days ago on my laptop (1440 x 900 - 14.1") and at first I thought my zoom was set incorrectly... I guess not.

    Honestly I don't like the new font one bit... It feels clunky.


  210. Hamza September 11, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    Ugly. I'm guessing google stock prices are gonna come crashing down this week because of this huge muck-up.

  211. Guybrush September 11, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    I love it!
    It's quiet hilarious how the world get affected by simply changing a font.

    "Honey, did you do something about your hair?... I don't know, but something got bigger!" *looks chest*


  212. Guybrush September 11, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    This is probably a stupid topic of the week.

    "Did you know, Google Search changes the font?"
    It's so insignificant, but people talking about it. HAHA

    It's kinda stupid to work yourself for nothing and change the font yourself. It's better to accept and go on with your life :D

  213. an September 11, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    lol @ ppl saying they'll switch because of that..

  214. mantho September 11, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    Bloody high-handed. There must be money in it for the Googillionaires

  215. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    I hate it. Its just annoying and its makes all feel like we have vision problems. I dont really want to download that thing to revert it back to the old font, in fear of complications, but Goggle should get the hint and

    or at least make it optional

  216. Mike Sellers September 11, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    The new font size stinks. I'm very disappointed. I feel let down.

  217. Martyn September 11, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    I really hate the new font size. It hurts my eyes to read such a large babyish font.

  218. Treepwood September 11, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    This is hilarious!

    What will people do if Google puts a text on April Fools Day.
    "You've got a virus! Deal with it!"
    Will you re-install your computer... for nothing?

    Btw i'm using Mac, i don't need to worry about virusses :D

    I like the big font.. It's new age :D accept it.

    For the ppl who are not used to changes. Feel the pain, feel the PAIN in your eyes!
    And you might like it!

  219. N September 11, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    When I first saw it I tried adjusting my settings, but clearly that wasn't the problem. I hate it, get rid of it because it's making me feel blind. It's just really ugly-ing up the flow. D: JUST GET RID OF IT !

  220. Sanket Sahu September 11, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    I pressed Ctrl+0 thrice in firefox to make it normal but then I realized that Google has increased the font-size. To confirm this, I googled and found yes, it is so!

    I think its good because people are shifting to high resolution monitors which makes it really difficult to read.

  221. boycotttt September 11, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    Lets all use yahoo or someting! to try and teach them... then we will come crawling back when we cant stand it anymore and are willing to cooperate with the kindergarten friendly google.

  222. bala September 11, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    Hate it!!

    Pleae change the fonts back to normal...

  223. Bas September 11, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    It's terrible!! Really terrible.

    I'm not suprised if they also change "I'm feeling lucky" to "I'm feeling stupid"

  224. D September 11, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    I spent ages last night trying to sort out the size, thought it was something I did. Noticed the change at work this morning.
    Too big, change it back!!!

  225. Nishant Desai September 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    until today we didn't really bother about the font size - because it was just right - and what the hell is wrong with these guys to change it to a XXL size fonts????

    any googalian reading this - please for god sake change it!!!

  226. AB September 11, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    Even this says the same.

  227. Georgy September 11, 2009 at 12:58 pm #


    Ya...it does look alien....but anyway the whole page has only that search box....

    So its a good decision i think....

    Grandpas n Grandmoms will be delighted to gooooogle now......:-)

  228. Rishi September 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    Yes increases font size on my comp as well
    resol 1280x800

  229. Karthik September 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    Yes. The text size of the Google Search Box is increased.

  230. MT September 11, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    hate it hate it hate it...
    oh yeah, and i hate it, too

    • niruth September 11, 2009 at 4:36 pm #

      me toooo hate fnot sizeeeeeeeee

  231. jc September 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    cant stand the font size will use other search eng.
    looks like a crayon wrote it

  232. Knak September 11, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    Not only the font is bigger now, the box itself and the buttons are (too big) too! Undo, please!

  233. Comic Sans 72pt September 11, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    The bigger the font the bigger they fall ...


  234. Bas September 11, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Why wait till september 14?

    * Just adjusted my startup page to Bing.com *

  235. km September 11, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    I don't mind it so much. I noticed it definately right off and thought it was an accidental ctrl + scroll but quickly found out it was not. It still has the functionality that it had before just larger. It may become hindersome if it ends up taking up the entirety of the screen to show the suggestions though.

  236. Wagfam September 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    I thought I hit a button like everyone else that has posted. I don't like it also. I think that for a change like that, rather than just doing it they should let us know. Maybe make a little note stating that "There is nothing wrong with your settings, we changed our font size" so that some of us did not have to spend the time to figure out if we did something. I want the old one back. I think it just looks silly.

  237. Ger September 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    It looks like sh*t! I guess if I were legally blind I might like it, of course there are settings in the OS for people who need such things.

  238. ika September 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    Yeah.........I've just set the font size on firefox tool option.....because I thought that I did mistake before that caused the font size on search box become bigger.......and I was wrong, the font size on tool option didn't change anything on the font in search box........then I was so curious whether others have the same display or not.....and finally came to this site.......thanks for your info.......

    actually I don't mind so much too......but I prefer the smaller one......hope google can give a wizard setting to change our font size according to our preferences.....or resize it as before..... >.<

  239. Steve September 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm #

    awful awful... does anyone know how we can express our disgust to Google?

  240. BalusC September 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    Shoot Google. I was CTRL+0'ing for hours.
    The font is ugly in Firefox, the "e" is somewhat pixely.

  241. niruth September 11, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    really i don't like a big size fonts.it feels me to vomit .so how can i make the pervious font size.......

  242. fraggle September 11, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    How to revert it back for Firefox:

    1. Install GreaseMonkey: https://addons.mozilla.org/ru/firefox/addon/748
    2. Restart Firefox
    3. Go to http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/57449, click Install
    4. Enjoy!

    If the Greasemonkey monkey face on the right bottom is annoying, do this:

    1. Open Firefox CSS folder:
    for XP: C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\\chrome\
    for Vista: C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\\chrome\
    for Linux: ~/.mozilla/firefox/chrome/userChrome.css

    2. Open userChrome.css for editing (or rename userChrome-example.css to userChrome.css) and paste this at the end:

    statusbarpanel#gm-status {
    display: none !important;


    3. Restart Firefox and enjoy again.

  243. wtf September 11, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    I wasn't sure at first if it was me - had accidently screwed my settings up somehow, someone
    remotely screwed things up or what was going on - it does make you feel dumbed down a bit -
    and i'm on a 13" macbook and had no problems seeing results at all. Now it's klunky in style
    and actually think they'll reverse it back eventually once they latch on to pages like this one
    stating various complaints ...

  244. Haettenschweiler 11pt September 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    Working link


  245. AJ September 11, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    Yucky the new huge font is nasty.

  246. Michael September 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    For users who enjoy having control over their system font settings this is a horrible and inconsiderate change...especially considering the fact that throughout both the operating system or the internet browser you are using there are multiple ways of achieving the same effect BY CHOICE. Those who may have needed this "feature" could have:

    1) Increase your operatings systems font DPI
    2) Zoom in on the page that you are viewing if you can't read the text
    3) Increase the default font size in your browser
    4) Decrease the resolution of your monitor
    5) Have someone write a script to increase the font size of google's fonts...not the other way around!

    The text now is just entirely too large and looks terrible when compared to all other fonts used in both the system and internet browser.

    It may sound anal retentive to complain about a small change like this affecting how the system "looks"...but there are those of us who spend time taking advantage of features that allow users to adjust thier settings to meet their own needs...and a changing a standard without allowing any user control over it is completely unthoughtful.

    Just my 2 cents...

  247. alternate pathing September 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    Bad, bad, bad. What on earth possessed Google to make this a universal change, this has way more impact than the suggestion feature which tons of people also disliked. They should have made it an option tied to a cookie/google account and then made a little announcement underneath the bar about how there is now a supersize option if you have massively impaired vision.

    They can't fix this fast enough. Thank goodness for greasemonkey though.

  248. mafinpgh September 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    The new font is aesthetically displeasing and, though I chuckled at this description by several others, it IS somehow disturbing...so much so that for the first time in years I'll consider a different home page. Grateful this site is here...kept me from wasting too much time trying to change the font on my own. Why, Google...why?!?

  249. zealousy September 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Yea, I noticed it too on my iTouch on Sept. 9th, and I thought it was just my ipod being funky, but it's also the same on my laptop so i guess it did change. But, why? It kinda reminds me of the bubble writing teenage girls have, doesn't it?

  250. Night September 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    I hate it too. It drove me crazy at home, and now in the office. On a 22" monitor at 1600 resolution it looks childish. I'm not going to install the script. I'm changing seach providers.

  251. Starman September 11, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    I do not like it. It should be user adjustable. I can see just fine and don't need a big font, but I can appreciate those who do. That's why we have choices.

  252. monkey September 11, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    Yes, I have the large font and I hate it!

  253. bates September 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    It's crap and thumbs down to google for just imposing it.

  254. Andy September 11, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    Hate it. Come on Google, sort it out.

  255. bazzla September 11, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    Am I in a different universe??? TAKE ME HOME, I DONT LIKE IT HERE!!

  256. Laurens September 11, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    Same here. Pretty please with sugar on top... Change this thingamabob back to it's former font-size.

  257. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    I don't like it. It looks terrible.

  258. helen September 11, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    I noticed it had changed the other day. My Mother has a magical ability of increasing the font size and zooming in on the page and apparently ot realising she has done it so for a while I thought she had broken my laptop until I realised it was just my google homepage. I don't like it at all.

  259. Knak September 11, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    Guys, look! It's 9/11 again!!!

  260. AnonymousCoward September 11, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    Just like for everyone else it has changed for me, too. I'm not blind and I would much prefer the old size. I hope it will change back...

  261. wila September 11, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    Yup I noticed it and was so distracted that I had to google the question... did google change their font size on google search before I could actually do any google searching... but now that I have confirmed that it is real and not my eyes bugging out... i admit I DO LIKE IT! definitely easier on these slightly aging eyes!

    • david September 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm #

      Help too big, I even though my son who is 6 has changed them.

  262. meanmomma September 11, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    Ugh!! Can't stand it, i like my rut. I noticed it today

  263. Anonymous September 11, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    They should've left well enough alone.

  264. Carol September 11, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    hate it. Enough already!!

  265. Sam September 11, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    I hate it too, guess I'll try Bing

  266. Karen September 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    I just complained about it to google through the "report a gadget that destroys google" in the help center - that was the only place I could find to report anything through google-
    told them to change it back - we hate it -

  267. Spytalk September 11, 2009 at 10:08 pm #

    Nothing like changing a UI for no reason and hard-coding the font-size, elements, screen placement and everything else. Frivolous changes and lack of UI options is the google mentality. The majority of people do not want an excessively large font, wasting screen-real estate on the screen, yet google forces the change, without warning, no option(s). What does that tell you about the mentality of that place.

    • vip September 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

      Very reluctantly I am switching to Bing until Google changes font size back to normal.... stupid, they should have the option in preferences and not a forced global change.

  268. Researcher September 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    I have to do a lot of seaching on the web in the course of my work. I have Google as my home page, but I can't use the Google software as my main one. This new font is extremely annoying and doesn't fit with the rest of the fonts around it. If I had a choice, I would perfer to have a choice of fonts and sizes, but I don't want any sort of specially assigned custom page that I have to sign into. I am constantly clearing out my history, passwords, cookies, etc.
    It would be helpful to have either the old font back or some way to adjust it with the regular fonts that IE, FF, or other software I use as a pathway to Google.

  269. josh September 11, 2009 at 11:17 pm #

    what the hell is going on with Google lately? this isn't the first weird/pointless change that Google has done. I've noticed that they have made some really bad changes to things here and there, and myself along most other people don't like what they've done. as i've always said:


    software developers/web designers/programmers especially should live by this rule.

  270. ricky September 11, 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    Obviously it was decision made by some marketing monkey, that decided to go by the rule: Bigger Better. Well, not always, Google you shouldnt let marketing folks dictate how your design should look.

  271. E Dub September 11, 2009 at 11:36 pm #

    I normally don't write in on these sort of things hate wasting time trying to troubleshoot stuff when it can't be fixed! . Why is the font so freakin HUGE on the Google search page. I am using Safari on a mac !! Is google blind today?
    Why change what's not broke. Thanks for letting me rant, can you please change it back to the old way it was 2 days ago? or at least make the size changeable for us that still have our eyesight!

  272. the dude September 11, 2009 at 11:36 pm #

    this screams blasphemy of everything that is google

  273. Barry September 11, 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    I couldn't believe the number of people who replied that they don't like "change.". Worry or complain about important things in your life like family, community or national issues, the environment, etc. but font size? Get a life.

    • Anonymous September 12, 2009 at 2:52 am #

      I cannot believe that Barry complained about people complaining about the font size. Get a life Barry! By the way, I don't have a life and like complaining about people that complain about people that complain.

  274. rwalk2730 September 12, 2009 at 12:11 am #

    Yes, I noticed it the font change right away. On Linux, Firefox 3.6.

  275. Meatball September 12, 2009 at 12:13 am #

    I think Google should do whatever they want to do.
    It's just a font. The functionality is still the same.
    You type and search. That's it.

    Who gives a shit. And change is good.
    If everything is still the same, then it becomes dull.

    I agree with Barry. There's more to life then complain for a font.
    Get a life!

    The world is still full of little cry babies

  276. mcr September 12, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    noticed larger font size. i hate it.

  277. chuck September 12, 2009 at 12:52 am #

    calm down people.......ITS JUST LARGER.....LIKE THIS

  278. chuck September 12, 2009 at 12:53 am #

    hey meatball...your soooo mature, i wish i could be like you.

  279. Anonymous September 12, 2009 at 2:50 am #

    I have it and don't like it

  280. Runa September 12, 2009 at 3:03 am #

    Thanks for the post. I went nuts trying to fix it because I often keep my finger pressed against a key and get lost in my thoughts. Like the shift key mess and I thought this time too I must have done something. I hate the big bold font .. i love my arial 12 font!! why do people have to make things harder and ugly. Cant they take some lessons from apple's aesthetics?

  281. galacticoalesce September 12, 2009 at 3:45 am #

    Some idiot who works at google inc. must have hit the wrong key. It's happened before.

  282. Missy September 12, 2009 at 3:59 am #

    I noticed this right away as well. The letters are MUCH larger. It's a bit jarring at first, because it looks quite foreign, but I suppose it'll just take some getting used to. I'm not sure I like it though. It seems out of place and... it looks like a mistake or as if there's something wrong with your computer. It's not aestheically pleasing.

  283. Giomach September 12, 2009 at 4:59 am #

    Don't like it, put it back the way it was please, as soon as possible.

    Also, irresponsible to change things without warning, makes you start wondering what's gone wrong with your machine and trying to fix it.

  284. Prathees September 12, 2009 at 5:18 am #

    though I didn't like the new large font size, I think I will get used to it soon - also I use the firefox google search most of the times.

    the procedure in the below link shows how to revert back to old font using a GreaseMonkey script:


    Hope this helps those who want to revert back to the old font size.

  285. new.google.sucks September 12, 2009 at 7:37 am #

    NEW GOOGLE FONT SIZE SUCKS (I was yelling there)

  286. Anonymous September 12, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    I hate it, change it back or give those the option to make the fonts larger Who Need IT, I liked it exactly how it was before

  287. Simon September 12, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    Add my vote to the "Don't like it" gang - now off to Greasemonkey to learn about the fix to set it back!

  288. menilman September 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    It's fugging ugly.
    Ok, change is cool, why not improve their search functions and change the layout?
    Totally cool with that.
    But this is NOT an improvement.

    Looks like it was designed by my 5 year old nephew.

    Buttons are butt nasty ugly.

  289. Anonymous September 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    I Hate it also,
    Google, change the FONT back or make it's size optional (settings).
    Just revert back to what it was!!!!!

  290. Anonymous September 12, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    i hate the new font size its really annoying and way too big it might be great for 80 year old but not this 17 year old...

  291. Cody September 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    It has changed for me also. I thought it was my pc or a virus, but thankyou for this forum since I know now it is google. I dont like it either, I want the old font back. I hate it!

  292. Paul September 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    Change is good when it is useful (Darwin). I do not have great eyesight but still enough to find the supersized font VERY UGLY. Google.ca is fine when the older setting (hope it will stay that way), not google.fr...

    Three thumbs down for google !

  293. Christy September 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    I've been trying to fix this for the last two days. I gave my boys a hard time because I thought they were messing with the settings again. Every time I get on, I feel like I'm at my grandma's house. It's the right size on my iGoogle page, but the second the search is complete and it goes to the original Google, it's in huge font again. I guess I should go apologize to my kids now!

  294. Sue September 12, 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    Really hate this new large font. I'm 60+ but that doesn't mean I like this new version! Spent ages checking all my settings before finally doing a search only to find that it's something Google has forced on us. Think I'll be switching to a different search engine unless they put it back pretty quickly. I thought my PC had been infected with some new virus - and have wasted lots of time!

  295. Gail & Ken September 12, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    My husband and I noticed it right away, the increased font size, and maybe different font? He thought I did something on his computer.
    It is not a bother, just a change we noticed.
    BUT, if this is the biggest complaint a person has, then they live a charmed life!

    I know MY life is great!

  296. jj September 12, 2009 at 8:34 pm #


  297. surfer September 12, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    The new big font size is disgusting.

  298. Arial Bold 12pt September 12, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    Notes for Opera Users
    How to reverse Google's font size and super-sized search box.
    (This fix worked in Opera version 10)

    Download Greasemonkey JavaScript from here:

    Open up the script in a text editor e.g Notepad.

    Under the last line of header commments ( // ==/UserScript== ),
    add the extra bit of code for Opera compatibility found here:

    Save the script to a folder e.g.
    C:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\Application Data\Opera\Opera\styles

    In Opera, go to:

    Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Content > JavaScript Options

    and select the directory where you put your JavaScript file.

    Click OK.

    Close and re-open Opera.

    Further guidance for Opera users, can be found on their website

  299. Barbara Ann September 12, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    I am 66 years young and don't need this HUGE font yet.
    Please give us the option to choose.
    I use the advanced search at least 50 times per 5 hour period and
    the large font is hurting my eyes.
    Shame Google for ruining something that was perfect.

  300. Thyra Kemper September 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm #

    Please revert back to what I had before, or tell me how to do it. I do not like the new font at all. I thought I was the one that had done something wrong, and I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what. Please.....

  301. Sam September 13, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    hate it so very much...please kill it Google...it's horrible

  302. simon September 13, 2009 at 1:33 am #

    To those of you who hate it and are moaning. You obviously have nothing else in your life to think about if something so small upsets you.

  303. Ted September 13, 2009 at 3:22 am #

    MAJOR TRICK: go back to IE7. IE7 does not have this major problem.

  304. hmog September 13, 2009 at 4:50 am #

    I hate it. It sucks.

  305. Gina September 13, 2009 at 5:16 am #

    absolutely hate it.

  306. Josquin September 13, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    13 September: it seems to have been changed back to normal. Thank you! A great relief.

    • jpsinthemix September 13, 2009 at 8:13 am #

      Doesn't look fixed on my end... This is the problem with monopolies folks. Anyway, to revert
      this pathetic "enhancement,", simply add the following code to the file

      * Revert Google's searchbar size and fontsize to pre 09.09.2009
      @-moz-document domain('google.com'), url-prefix('http://www.google.com') {
      .lst {
      .lsb {
      .gac_t {
      .gac_bt {
      .gac_m {
      background:white none repeat scroll 0 0!important;
      border:1px solid #666!important;

      If userContent.css doesn't exist, copy the sample provided by Mozilla/Firefox. This is for

  307. - September 13, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    I attach usercss by proxomitron.
    i have other styles and filters for google, but today's addition in css is:
    .lst, * .lst {font-size:60%!important;}

    (this is similar to preceding comment, for userContent.css)

  308. connie September 13, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    i hate it!

  309. WTF are you doing Google????? September 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    [QUOTE] "It came as a surprise that the font size of the search form has been increased significantly. This has been tested with various web browsers like Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer which all confirmed the change." [UNQUOTE]

    F***ing A it came as a surprise!! What the hell do they think they're doing. The most prolifically used search engine in the entire world - which is only that way due to the devoted worldwide searchers - and they don't give a heads-up or anything??!!!?


  310. Anonymous September 13, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    Come on, seriously, please change this, it's just horrible, graphically and usefully speaking.
    At least give us the option, it's really bugging me, shall I change homepage now ?

  311. Ravinder Pushpinder September 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    What the HELL? Google, change it back. Please.

  312. rhiannon September 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    HATE IT! make it stop! *installing script now*

  313. brian September 13, 2009 at 7:59 pm #

    I hate the new large font size. It looks disgusting.

  314. Anonymous September 13, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    The font is way to large! Hate it!!!

  315. James September 14, 2009 at 7:24 am #

    I HATE IT. It's AWFUL. Makes my head hurt to look at it.

  316. Peter September 14, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    HATE IT! I'll make some other search engine my start page.

  317. Ed September 14, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    Hate it, Hate it, Hate it!!!!!! Please make it stop!!! Too big and Too fussy

    Its the biggest and the best search engine...if it ain't broke then don't fix it!

    If you need larger text for the partially sighted then make it adjustable in the settings page or with the screen resolution, not just a blanket change for all the loyal uses they love it the way it was.

  318. Connie September 14, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    I hate the new font size. I don't want someone reading my search requests from across the room.

  319. deb September 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    I think it is terrible.

  320. Mike September 14, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Yes, font size increased. Do not like. As said before "if it aint broke dont fix it". Give US the choice

  321. Robin September 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    Yes, it is much bigger and I hate it.

  322. Anonymous September 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    Regardless of whether or not the change is popular, liked or disliked; the change should have a user settable option to go along with it! A change like this could bring about such a negative impact that could very easily be fixed with an option to return to a regular size font. With the font change being tunable, it becomes a win win for everyone. GOOGLE, please make this setting user changeable!

  323. Nobby September 14, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    Another hater of the LARGE font here!!

    Have installed greasemonkey plus the userscript to revert back to 'the previous font.

  324. syncap8 September 14, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    I hate it as well ... will probably switch to yahoo or bing for searching if it doesn't change soon

  325. Martin September 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    I agree it would have been nice if google had made a mention of it on the home page so I didn't have to search for a forum like this, however on the other hand I kind of like it - it does make google look a bit more up-to-date...

  326. MW September 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    I hate the new font as well. Feels like it's 'in my face' and for the computer illiterate. If I need a larger font size, I'd likely just adjust my screen resolution. Please change it back or give users the option to increase the size. Google has been my homepage for years, but things like this put loyal users off.

  327. JoJo September 14, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    this new large font sucks

  328. Micha September 14, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    the new look, a mess! probably the owners of google are close to retraitment and they are prepairing their glasses

  329. Jon M September 14, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    I really dislike the larger search box.

  330. why September 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    I hate it too. Back to the good old fonts plz. Using igoogle now it has not changed and hopefully it wont.

  331. Anonymous September 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    Hate it!

  332. john September 14, 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    I thought it was FF update but soon realised it was Google. Yet another case of 'it it aint broke, don't fix it'. The font size and shape is enough to annoy me- these 'modern' fonts are plain stupid, illegible and Bing is now my Search engine home page. Bye bye google.

  333. Lisa September 15, 2009 at 3:24 am #

    It's bigger. Noticed it immediately -- thought my tech did it. Hate it.

  334. Dave September 15, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    Hate it as well

  335. MikeP September 15, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    I thought I was loosing my mind. I do not like the new & larger Google Font, I want the old one back!

    Yahoo! Changed their page too, it sucks as well.... Old is better... and comfy... : )


  336. Cris September 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    Yep, saw it right away, started some online scanning, plus the old traditonal way. Found nothing, not a single problem..

    This is disturbing indeed.. and now the WIERD part ... im using goggle.ro, got one main rig and two laptops, working from my laptop. Today my laptop went a bit crazy.. not loading my webpages and stuff, restarted it. Then a message with "your new network addapter is instaled and ready to use, addapter #4" wtf !? .. ok that was intresting.. and now the surprise, when i opend google, all was ok oO, font was normal, small and nice again, it used to be...

    Also, now im on my main rig, the font is still big here, no change so far. I dont understand this.. ill try some new scanners i guess, this must be a Malware, now im sure of it. As i said on my laptop all is OK and the font is normal now, and made a simple restart to get that, yeah i know how it sounds... Plus it seems it gained some speed.. this is way to wierd.

    Please responde if you find anything about this guys, many of us will appreciate it alot


  337. Vinesh September 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    To change the display size (font):
    Hold the "Ctrl" key, then press either "+" or "-" (plus or minus) to increase or decrease. Enjoy!

  338. Joe September 15, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    Ugh! This new Google font is terrible! If they wanted to change it, why not give us the option, or at least tell us. I wasted a day looking for malware on my PCs.

    I'm reluctant to do so, but Google has now become my "former" home page. I am switching to something else with more efficient use of screen space.

  339. Knak September 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    Official statement by Google:



  340. I-V September 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    I absolutely hate the new font. Change it back. NOW!

  341. Cris September 16, 2009 at 1:00 am #

    SUPER sized My ass! This is a search engine, not a McDondalds diner for fat brainless lads!

    Wanna make it back as it was? Use this:



  342. Ruud From the Netherlands September 16, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    Its here on many pc's I don't like it
    Please change it back!

  343. tony September 17, 2009 at 12:01 am #

    take it back to how it was! it sucks!

  344. Dave Weightman September 17, 2009 at 12:23 am #

    It's uttely C.R.A.P. (before anyone gets upset, that's an acronym for "Completely Redundant And Pointless"). It's also crap.

  345. jc September 17, 2009 at 4:28 am #


    Google: The googlers have spoken. Change it back please!

  346. Neyopa September 17, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    Yes, it has changed. I use Firefox on my own personal laptop and first thought it was my settings, but it has also changed on my work laptop where I use IE.

    No, I don't like the jumbo font size.

  347. Steve September 18, 2009 at 12:39 am #

    I don't like it either...been looking all over for what I did to cause it....very poorly handled by Google! No they don't have a monopoly!....I've been stuck on Google, but I'm switching to Bing!

  348. Electric Turtle September 19, 2009 at 1:47 am #

    Cheeky buggers! Google clearly have not done any market testing before foisting the font change on us. It gives me a headache. Get if off! Put it back the way it was! HATE IT! I'm irritated that no notice of such a dramatic (yes, it IS dramatic) change was put up on the google page, because many of us wasted countless hours trying to "fix it". If Google don't fix it soon I will be forced to consider other search engines when I thought the dust had long since settled on that war. In fact will keep an open mind to other search engines now anyway, after this debacle.

  349. Steve Wilson September 19, 2009 at 7:06 am #

    The big google fonts look cheap and rough. TOO BIG! Fix it.

  350. artlady September 24, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    I hate it. It's big and ugly and I feel like I'm being yelled at by a Sesame Street character.

    When it started, I thought our system had contracted a virus, or someone had hacked into Google to make them look bad. I can't believe they did this to themselves voluntarily.

  351. Sohail September 24, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

    Damn this change! I let me father use my laptop when I was away and when I came back I saw the change and thought my father did something to it. After fiddling with it for few minutes I couldn't change it back so I gave up. Now I know it was a change from Google and I HATE IT! GOOGLE CHANGE THIS DAMN THING BACK!

  352. Gregg DesElms September 26, 2009 at 12:34 am #

    The font size increase is very bad. I hate it. I wish there were a way for the people at Google to see this page so they could understand what a screw-up they've made.

  353. Rick Schippers September 28, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    It sucks monkey balls :( They should change it back!

  354. john September 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    big, ugly, eating space in the upper part of the screen in the results page. awful.

  355. john September 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

    p.s.: if somebody from google reads this page, could you please add to your TODO list a small request, or, if the user experience department procedure requires it, add a stickit to Marissa Mayer's door with this unique very simple idea i have, which - if turned into reality - i think it would symbolize your focus on search and would makes your clean, minimalist homepage even easier and more fun to use.
    please make all google home page bold and uppercase, as i think this would make everybody really excited and help us (the users) to see our query better. i'm sure it will make search more prominent. i'm eager and excited to use the S-U-P-E-R-B-O-L-D-U-P-P-E-R-C-A-S-E-D google. please don't ignore your users and give them what they want.
    thank you

  356. Anonymous October 4, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    I changed the search settings to the bottom option and the text size in the box returned to normal size. switched back and forth a few times and the font changed depending on the search option selected!

    Query Suggestions
    -Provide query suggestions in the search box.
    -Do not provide query suggestions in the search box (choose this option for normal font size)

  357. googlereply November 17, 2009 at 1:54 am #

    new font made me switch to bing!!

  358. Anonymous March 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    small fonts suck

  359. gefr3y March 30, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    this looks terrible,and it looks like the font was made to try to teach you the ABC's

  360. sneaker April 1, 2010 at 1:16 am #

    The main logo changed yesterday for a few hours and went back, today it has been different all day, and searches are now location based (from ip) of client searching.

    Text seems to have gotten even bigger now, almost bold.

  361. Brian May 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    One way to send your users to Bing! Don't mess mess with a winning formula.

    • sneaker May 28, 2010 at 3:40 am #

      Funny, because I have been using bing ever since google made this permanent change.

      Goodbye google search, it was a good run!

  362. Paige January 2, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    HATE THIS!!! i have seriously tried to use it but i feel like im wearing my grandpas glasses and its magnifying everything... please change it back!

  363. Kelly April 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Mine is larger too, don;t like it at all, for me it;s a privacy issue, it makes it easier for others to see what you have searched if they are close by. Vey annoying and I really dislike it, but I guess I will have to get used to it. It should be a feature where you can easily change the font to suit yourself.

  364. RJ Teich May 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    I noticed a difference and thought my computer was compromised or my ISP was playing games with me. Now that I know my computer was not invaded (via the info here), I'll just deal with Google search now looking strange. Thanks for the helpful info. Ya know, Google could have put the word out so those of us who are afraid their computers were hacked, don't have to panic!

  365. karl romanik May 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    i will now be removing google

  366. De Wet September 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    I don't like the new bigger font - how do I change it?