How To Disable Google Instant Previews
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:
- Quickly compare results - A visual comparison of search results helps you pick the one that’s right for you. Quickly flip through previews to see which page looks best.
- Pinpoint relevant content - Text call outs, in orange, will sometimes highlight where your search terms appear on the webpage 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 webpage before clicking the search result. Looking for a chart, picture, map or list? See if you can spot one in the preview.
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.
- Use Opera: Instant Previews is not working in Opera currently. If you go to the test page and opt in to try it out you get the message "The experiment you're trying to access is no longer available." on the search results page. Other web browsers may show a similar behavior (but not Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome.
- Block scripts on Google. Use an extension like NoScript to block scripts on Google. This blocks Instant Previews. It may however have side effects on other Google.com properties.
- Switch to a localized Google search engine. This solution is temporary as the feature is rolled out to all Google search engines.
- Use a custom Google search engine such as Scroogle. Scroogle offers the same result set but without the elements that have been added by Google in the past year. No sidebar, no instant previews, no instant search, less ads and no tracking.
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?Advertisement