Google Instant Previews, New Search Feature

Google has not touched their core business search for a long time. Only recently have they started to implement changes to their search engine, that many that it almost feels like a different search engine by now. Features like the search sidebar, instant search, integration of other Google products and a massive increase in advertisement have already been implemented, some as a direct response to new features introduced by Microsoft's search engine Bing.

Google's latest addition is called Google Instant Previews, and it to is already available in the Bing search engine.

Google Instant Previews basically enables the user to display a preview image of each website in the search results listing by simply hovering over it.

Benefits of Google Instant Previews

  • Quickly Compare Results - A visual comparison of search results helps you pick which result is right for you.
  • Pinpoint Relevant Content - Text call outs highlight where your search term appears on the web page
  • so you can evaluate if it’s what you're looking for.
  • Interact with the Results Page - Page previews let you see the layout of a web page before clicking the search result.

google instant previews

Instant Previews is indicated by a magnifying glass next to each search result in Google. The user needs to activate Google Instant Previews once on the search results page. It afterwards takes no further clicks to see the previews of each result in the listing.

The preview is an image of the linked page. The text displayed in each result on Google is highlighted on that image if available.

google instant previews

Bing handles search previews different from Google. The search engine displays textual contents instead of images to the user.



Google Instant Previews needs to be activated currently before it can be used. Interested users need to visit the Instant Previews landing page and enable the feature to make use of it in Google search.

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No Google account is required to use Google Instant Previews. Google users can also open this url in their browser to directly use Google Instant Previews:

http://www.google.com/webhp?esrch=instantpreviews

Use Instant Previews to see what a webpage is like before clicking a search result.

Click the magnifying glass icon magnifying glass next to a result’s title to see a preview of that result. After clicking once and opening a preview, you can hover over other search results to preview those pages. For some previews, highly relevant parts of the page will appear in text call out boxes over the preview image to help you see where your query appears on the page.

To dismiss the preview, click the X in the top corner of the preview bubble. If you find a preview that contains content that you want to remove, learn how to remove a page or site from Google's search results.

Google plans to roll out the feature in the coming days to all Google search pages.

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Responses to Google Instant Previews, New Search Feature

  1. LffL November 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    Very Very Good

  2. Moebius Street November 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    Looks like it doesn't work in IE.

  3. diyism November 10, 2010 at 6:04 am #

    MouseOver or Result Block Click Show Full Page Preview is annoying, but RightSide Full Page Preview is cool, Icon Click Show Full Page Preview is acceptable.

    Add "74.125.227.49 http://www.google.com" into your hosts file of your system, this google server serves RightSide Full Page Preview.

  4. Naif Al'as November 10, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Can't use secure search
    https://encrypted.google.com/webhp?esrch=instantpreviews

    When I tried with that secure search link, got this error message:
    "The experiment you're trying to access is no longer available. Go to experiments overview"

  5. Jamie Savage November 17, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    This is a nice addition to google, one draw back is for newly launched sites or constantly updated sites. I launched a site recently but had the holding page for my webhost up on the domain for a few weeks previous to launch. The holding page is still the preview image which obviously isnt ideal. Hopefully will be sorted out in time.

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