Google Instant Previews is the latest in a series of improvements that Google has added to their search engine. Instant Previews add a small spying glass next to each page title in the Google search results. Hovering over the spying glass does nothing, as Instant Previews needs to be activated once by clicking on any of the displayed spying glasses. Once clicked hovering over any search results listing will display a visual snapshot of that website.
Why has Google implemented this new feature? According to Raj Krishnan there are three main reasons for the implementation:
Google Instant Previews is currently not available for everyone. Users who want to give it a try can access the temporary page to enable it for their web searches.
Some Internet users may want to disable that feature, and this guide shows them how to do it. Please note that the methods may cease to work in the future.
Google Instant Previews is an unobtrusive feature that becomes active after the user clicks on a spy glass. That's how it works now. It is however likely that Google will implement the feature directly, so that users do not have to click to activate it.
On a personal note. I do not use it because it slows down my searching. What's your take on Instant Previews?
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