Not every Internet user is happy with the redesign of the Google search interface and the increasing number of extensions, userscripts and other solutions to bring back old Google is a clear indicator for that.
The left sidebar does on the other hand offer several new features that have not been there before when using Google Search.
If you look at the new search sidebar you notice that it is divided into three different sections; Search source filters, filters that manipulate the search results and the something different section that links to related searches.
Update: Note that Google modified the interface of search results pages again in recent time. The screenshots below don't show the latest interface but a previous iteration. Most of the filters are not provided anymore with the exception of the first filter list you see on the screenshot below (in red) which is still available.
Some features, like filtering results by time are also still provided but the majority of results filters listed below are not. End
If you take a closer look at the search results filters you notice several interesting filters at the end of the listing.
It is there possible to only display sites with images, reduce or increase the number of shopping sites in the results, enable page previews and translated search.
This is the standard search results listing. A mix of websites, images, news and other sources on the same page.
Sites with images
Will only display sites that contain images. There seems to be a minimum image requirement of three.
Fewer shopping sites
Removes most shopping site related links from the search results including Google's own "shopping results" block.
More shopping sites
The exact opposite of fewer shopping sites. Will list many shopping sites and less regular results.
Displays thumbnails of every page in the search results. The thumbnails are placed on the right side of the results.
Offers to translate the results into another language. Controls are displayed on top of the search results. Uses Google Translate for the translation.
The new search filters can be helpful at times. The biggest problem we see is that they cannot be set as permanent filters.
Are you using the search filters of the new Google sidebar?
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