Google Instant is being rolled out and will become available to users in select countries in the next few days.
The new feature displays search results while you are typing to speed things up for you.
As with every major change there are users who do not want to use the new feature. Some of the reasons for disabling Google Instant may be the additional bandwidth requirements, or that Google Search has become "to fast" for the eyes.
Whatever the reason, there are currently two options to turn off Google Instant. Both solutions are not perfect, but more about that later.
Update: The first option is no longer available.
The first option is probably the one that most Google users will prefer. The link "Instant is on" is displayed on search result pages. A click on that link opens a menu with the option to switch from Instant On (type to search) to Instant Off (press enter to search).
This writes a cookie to the user system that contains the information that Google Instant has been turned off. The problem with this approach? Google Instant will be back in action if the cookie is deleted on the system, or if another web browser is used where the cookie has not been set.
The second option has the same effect. This one however is accessible in the Settings by following the Settings link in the upper right corner of the screen. It appears as if users need to be logged into a Google account before the Google Instant setting becomes visible.
To disable Google Instant, you need to switch the setting from Use Google Instant - predictions and results appear while typing to do not use Google Instant. The effect seems to last, even after logging out of the account.
Update 2: The Google Instant preference is still available albeit slightly changed. You find three instead of just two options now under Google Instant predictions:
It is not clear why the setting becomes only available after logging in. This may have something to do with the roll out of the feature. The setting is cookie based as well. If the cookie is deleted Google Instant search is turned back on, regardless whether the user is logged into Google or not.
Please let us know if you found another way to disable Google Instant search.
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