Since yesterday I have noticed that a new Google Search Preview feature has been rolled out by Google, which shows you a kind of screen-shot of the URLs/destination page appearing in search results along with location and snippet of the keyword which was being searched for. There is also a mouse over effect which highlights each search result in a bluish shade.

Now Google automatically starts loading preview whenever you hover your mouse over any result, may be some people have found this feature useful but for me it is extremely annoying, and even more annoying thing is that there is no option to turn in off ?
I have looked and there is no way by which I can disable the Google Search preview from customized or advanced settings.

Not everyone is on a 10Mbps unlimited connection, Google keeps loading the Preview (which are in fact image files) of all 10 results on the search page in the background hence affecting the overall performance of your browser and internet experience. moreover the snippets are being already shown by Google on the search page .. why is there a need to duplicate things showing them on the Preview image ? the size of the preview windows is also quite big and just clutters up the whole web-page

Instead of forcing everyone to use new features Google should let users to choose for themselves if they want to try something new or not, shoving everything in face of customer is plain annoying .
I hope that pretty soon they will have the option to turn off and disable this Search Preview thing


30 comments untill now

  1. I find this feature to be INCREDIBLY annoying too. I hope I don’t have to go so far as to write a custom Greasemonkey script or browser extension ala Flashblock…

  2. I’ve been googling all night trying to figure out how to disable this. It’s so annoying. Google seems to be forgetting the simplicity that put them on the map in the first place.

  3. if u go on to google app and go to setting it has an option to turn off quick access key … Hope this is what u mean

  4. BucknDaOdds @ 2010-10-28 18:09

    Annoying does not begin to discribe how I feel about it. I hope they are not joining the ranks of MS in terms of forcing their customers to indure changes for the sake of changes. It is a totally useless piece of garbage that does anything “but” inhance their service. Some Vice President in change of “nothing better to do” has been working on this for the past year to justify his/her job. What a waste.

  5. jetspeedz @ 2010-11-06 04:48

    I could not be more annoyed with google lately with them turning this dumb feature on and removing the second search bar at the bottom. Like someone said they forgot what made them popular which was the simple features google had…

  6. The Google Search Preview is indeed annoying for me too.

  7. Yup, utterly annoying and change for changes sake.
    I actually found this blog while googling how to turn the darn thing off!

  8. Google TURN this crap off it makes searching soooo much slower… I might as well be using bing.

  9. If they don’t make available a switch off feature I’m going to Yahoo – or any other search engine! This is SOOOOOO ANNOYING!!!

  10. Annoying crap.

  11. Instant Preview (MouseOver, Result Block Click Show) is really annoying.

  12. Ice T Bagger @ 2010-11-10 04:15

    If you are using Firefox wiht NoScript, simply forbid with no script. You can still use google search engine but no annoying preview.

  13. I find it very annoying as well, even with my high-speed internet connection. The fact that large images flash over my screen when my mouse moves over search results makes it about as annoying as flash advertisements (thanks Flashblock!)

    Guess I’ll get the NoScript addon like Ice T Bagger suggested. Thanks for the tip.

  14. Yes, It’s very annoying,
    Hope we could have an alternative to google!


  16. VERY ANNOYING….Has anyone figured out how to disable it? SEOQuake is not working for me since these dang previews starting popping up!

  17. This is not the google search I know.

  18. Ice T Bagger @ 2010-11-11 11:48

    You can also you which is a simple version of google without tracking, cookies, or history. And it is simple. No sidebar, no crap. Same results. I am loving this one.

  19. Ice T Bagger @ 2010-11-11 11:55

    If you are using greasemonkey addon for firefox, then Arpit just wrote a script that hides the icon so you will not get a rollover, hence no preview. Requires greasemonkey scripting engine plugin for Firefox but most elegant solution yet if you still want to use google.

  20. Google is starting to get stupid. If Yahoo or Bing wasn’t so worthless I would just switch search engines. But right now Google has no competition so they probably don’t care.

  21. Ice T Bagger @ 2010-11-11 20:36

    But seriously, is this not THE MOST annoying “feature” we have ever seen from Google. Not only is it worthless, it makes Google almost unusable. F the sidebar, F the instant results, and most definitely, F this.

    Where is last years Google? Some thing are as close to perfect, that they never need changing. Wistfully: Remember the old days, when Google was only evil behind the scenes?

  22. Most annoying “feature” EVER! Go to BING!

  23. Ice T Bagger @ 2010-11-12 15:02

    LOL. People looking for specific information who use specific i.e. lotto boolean search expressions cannot use Bing. Ore we would be there and not be complaining about Google.

    And it was Google and not Bing that showed me the best way so far to turn off Google’s most annoying features: Use SSL Google. They have not infected it yet.

  24. Easiest way I found to kill that auto preview garbage is for firefox, If you don’t already have it, Install Adblock Plus

    In your Preferences – Add a filter to block

    Kills instant also.. which I personally hate also..

    Can’t block the magnifying glass though, If you do it will kill the google logo. if you care about their logo.

  25. athensguy @ 2010-11-13 17:07

    +1 for Adblock

    Also, if you block* in Adblock Plus, it will make the star and magnifying glass go away. (for now)

  26. BucknDaOdds @ 2010-11-14 03:37

    I noticed a few days ago that the The Search Preview has been disabled from Google. I added no script and made no changes. They simply have disabled it. No longer get the “highlighted box” around search results or the annoying automatic pop up preview’s of pages. They can be brought up by clicking on the “Q” at your choice.

    I can live with it being “my choice”. It’s still useless, but not shoved down my throat any longer.

    I would imagine that the negative feedback they got on this one buried them. Hopefully, that VP in Charge of Nothing Better To Do, gets sent back down to the mail room to start over. There are big rewards for success in this industry, there should also be swift kicks in the ass for failures. Ray Charles could have seen this was going to be useless.

  27. Ice T Bagger @ 2010-11-14 06:17

    Adblock is better than NoScript for this task. Being more specific it allows google to function when it feeds info to other websites such as product descriptions on Amazon. This did not work so well when blocking scripts globally in NoScript.

    I have still been preferring https SSL google myself.

  28. spamgaurd2 @ 2010-11-15 19:31

    Kris and athensguy,
    Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,
    Added your filters to Ad Block plus and Google works again.
    Google images would only show one page…but, right clicking on
    ADP and selecting “disable on this page only” and it worked…
    maybe not worked..still screwed up..but more than one page is available. I was using Google hasn’t changed
    Canadian google ….yet.

  29. David Benton @ 2010-11-23 23:56

    People seem to be missing the fact that there is a cross on the top right of the preview screen that when crossed off it doesn’t come back… Unless you click on the magnifying glass at the end of the link… And i never had this feature until i clicked on that magnifying glass by accident. I think people are being a little slow here at understanding a reasonably intuitive method of turning off a potentially annoying feature

  30. Ice T Bagger @ 2010-11-24 18:53

    First thing many of us tried David. I didn’t have to click on the magnifying, just mouse over it, and for many high AMP mousers it amounts to the same thing. The check box turns off that explicit preview only, not all of them. SO it is a useless feature for turning it off.

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