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Not everyone likes the new Google Images preview format

More and more users of Google Images, the image search engine operated by Google, are switched over to a new display format and design.

Google Images is a popular search engine to find photos and other imagery. The company changed Google Images significantly several times in recent time. It removed the View Image button in 2018 and revealed in 2019 that it would introduce what it called shoppable ads to the image search service.

Chrome and Firefox users could install View Image extensions to bring back the functionality or switch to a search engine like Startpage that still featured the functionality.

While it is almost certain that browser extensions or scripts will become available to restore the old Google Images layout, none seem to be available at the time of writing.

The core change moves the preview of the selected image search result from a centered preview area to the right side.

google images right side preview

The image preview size remains the size for the majority of images and it is possible to browse other images returned as results while the preview window is open. Users may also notice that the preview area is fixed which means that less "jumping" takes place when new results are selected from the list of search results.

One point of criticism is that the new layout limits the size of the preview. While that is not a problem for small images, it is one for larger images, e.g. 1080p images or 4K photos. The preview area has a fixed size and while it changes based on the size of the browser window, it is not possible to change the search results to preview area ratio on Google Images.

Related images displayed underneath the preview are larger than before, but fewer are displayed next to each other on the screen.

Closing Words

I don't use Google Images anymore as I prefer the image search of the Startpage search engine and Bing search engine. I have to admit that I'm not a fan of Bing's preview feature as it displays the selected image in an overlay. I do like Bing's video search functionality better than that of YouTube, but that is another story entirely.

Now You: what is your take on the new Google Images preview layout?

Not everyone likes the new Google Images preview format
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Not everyone likes the new Google Images preview format
Google Images features a new preview format that moved image previews from a center position on the webpage to the right side.
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  1. Paul(us) said on August 7, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I am handling main image preview almost preciously the same as you. I also prefer the start page pictures view, above all outhers. I almost low the way Google is handling there picture view possibility. To be even more complete I dislike almost everything Google does.
    The only difference is that I have tuned YouTube landing page quit extensively in a more for me personally, user friendly manner.

  2. Yuliya said on August 7, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Nothing comes close to Yandex.Images
    Google could even remove their image search at this point, it’s inferior in every singe aspect.

    1. Manuel said on August 7, 2019 at 5:22 pm

      Yandex looks horrible. DuckDuckGo is the best.

    2. MeH said on August 7, 2019 at 10:27 pm

      This Yandex is good.
      I’ll use it more ;)

    3. Anonee said on August 8, 2019 at 1:28 am

      GROSS! On top of that, Yandex is possibly even worse at privacy than Google!
      Stick to DDG, Qwant or Startpage for your privacy-focused needs.

  3. SteveB said on August 7, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Not everyone likes anything, but most don’t like change.

    1. No. said on August 11, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      When the change sucks, yes, most won’t like it.

  4. smaragdus said on August 7, 2019 at 2:30 pm


    Yandex is privacy disaster just like Google and Bing.

  5. Vítor I said on August 7, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Do you want an image (and general) search engine that respects your privacy? Try that as lots of features in the image search.

    Doesn’t show NSFW results…

  6. 424 said on August 7, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Is there any way, maybe an addon, to bring back old image view, if I got A/B targeted?

  7. Dave said on August 7, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Bing for images.

    Not only is it more functional, your not hassled for using a vpn.

  8. Dilly Dilly said on August 7, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I’ve been using Tineye.

  9. ULBoom said on August 7, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Wasn’t aware this was somehow separate from google search. A list of all of google’s “products” is probably huge. Any google toilet paper yet?

    DDG and Startpage are what we use; no direct google searches.

    The biggies have become oldy, moldy and boring, not even annoying, just pathetic. Nothing but repackaged ad data collector apps. Block them, ignore them.

  10. Richard Steven Hack said on August 7, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    At first I thought Firefox’s “View Image” didn’t work with the new preview images, but then I discovered it does. So I’m not as ticked off as I was initially at this change.

    Still it’s not particularly useful other than showing a slightly larger initial view. You still need a way to view the entire image, which Firefox’s “View Image” allows – or simply visiting the image on its native site.

    It appears to be intended to make it easier to compare images of commercial products by fixing the image size. This would make sense given Google’s primary mission of selling ads.

    And could you please fix this nonsense about “you’re posting comments too quickly” that I now get every time I post a comment here! This is really irritating. What am I supposed to do – type with one finger?

    1. stefann said on August 7, 2019 at 11:12 pm

      @Richard Steven Hack:

      “And could you please fix this nonsense about “you’re posting comments too quickly” that I now get every time I post a comment here! This is really irritating. What am I supposed to do – type with one finger?” – Nope, with Your toes….LOL ! To be honest that was a long time ago it happened to me though….

  11. stefann said on August 7, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    For my sake Google is a no go, and everything from Google are blocked on all my devices connected to the internet.

    Startpage has the best preview when it comes to pictures. DuckDuckGo is ok to !

  12. Shawn said on August 8, 2019 at 1:41 am

    At the end of your image search url add this


    This will make the verry old one show up.

  13. Michel Basilieres said on August 8, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Is there anything, anywhere, that everyone likes? That’s a poor headline.

  14. Lindsay said on August 8, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I hate it.

  15. Julie said on August 8, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I hate it because it makes it harder to skim information. As a student in med school, I have to search images often of the human anatomy and I way more prefer the way it was before. It was easier to navigate between pictures and scan the information, now my eyes have to go to the right and it’s really messing up my momentum. Please change this back or give us an option to decide how we want to view the previews.

    1. Anonymous said on August 9, 2019 at 1:26 am

      That’s my problem to. I’m an art student, so I look up pictures a lot. This change has made it really difficult for me to just focus on that one image I want to view, as I can see all the rest at the same time.

  16. Jimmy Dillard said on August 8, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Manager that ok’d new Google image layout and Manager that launched “New” Coke have something in common — both are idiots!!!! Can’t believe Google would allow this change to take place. Loosing customers! Idiots!

  17. Harry said on August 8, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    New layout sucks – the whole point is the preview made it a little easier to see, now it doesn’t. I’m listening to those guys above saying dump Google.

  18. nothanksgoogle said on August 9, 2019 at 12:07 am

    The side by side view is godawful. I hope they suffer enough lost traffic that they stop this nonsense. What moron thought it was a good idea to squeeze image results into the right side of everyone’s screen.

  19. SirkusNotHappy said on August 10, 2019 at 10:38 am

    The retard you can thank for this idiotic change is probably Mike Repass – Product manager, Google Images. At least he must have okayed to start this catastrophe…Looks like he is more into making money for Google on the short run, than keeping potential customers happy on the long run. To add an insult to an injury, he seems to be proud of this nightmare:

    I cannot think of any reason why they could not make this new “style” (style? What style?) optional, (so the brain-dead could choose this new look and play happily among themselves) except that Google has reached the point where they think they can play God and dictate us how to do things.
    Hopefully someone in Google HQ wakes up, switches the old style back or at least makes the swap an option, and fires every single one that were involved in this vulgar demonstration of power..!

  20. Google became horrible said on August 10, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Google is experiencing its worst period, Everything he did was wrong (My opinion) , I hate new Youtube BETA , I stopped using Google search , I stopped using Google Images because I find nothing relevant (Previously was perfect) , even Google Translate became unusable . the new Google webmaster tools is terrible , new google adsense interface is catastrophic. I guess someone is trying to destroy google

  21. LockHood said on August 10, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Some kind soul made a petition asking google to revert this abominable change. Go sign please!

  22. whiz said on August 12, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    I really hope that google changes it back. Their Image search used to be the best, now i need to use another

  23. phily dilly said on August 13, 2019 at 4:14 am

    I hate this new feature! Now I will only use Bing for image searching. It isn’t that I’m not use to it and I will adapt, it just doesn’t seem to meet my needs at all.

  24. Steve B said on August 13, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Here’s the thing about Google: they won’t change it back. Once they launch something like this, you can scream and moan and complain and “give feedback” until the cows come home, but in the end, they won’t change it. There’s LOADS of precedent for this. We are NOT customers of Google, we’re just lab rats for their little experiments that justify someone keeping their high-paid position for doing nothing but changing things for the sake of changing them, usually to feed more ads to us, the lab rats. I’m going to try a few suggestions in this thread to get away from Google Images.

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