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Changing Google search defaults?

  1. WriteAngled profile image83
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    As part of my translation work, I frequently need to carry out searches on technical medical terms and/or foreign language terms.

    Google's assumptions are driving me insane, because I constantly have to keep re-inputting what I really want. For example, just now, I needed to search on "hypochondrion", and G immediately assumed I cannot spell and that I really wanted to search on "hypochondriac".

    Does anyone know whether there is any setting within Google search to stop these assumptions taking precedence over the terms I actually enter into the search box?

    1. Michael Willis profile image79
      Michael Willisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Have you tried going into your Google settings and "turned off" the Google Instant?
      Be sure to save preferences.

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      Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Use www.altavista.com

      It's a cleaner search engine.

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    Website Examinerposted 6 years ago

    If you are logged into a Google account, you can click options (by the user name, far right of the screen), select "search settings," then choose "Do not use Google instant."

  3. WriteAngled profile image83
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    Thank you! Will change settings.

    Heavens! I didn't really Alta Vista was still in existence. I used to use it a long time ago. Will investigate it again.

  4. WriteAngled profile image83
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    Arrgh, went to Alta Vista, but got thrown into Yahoo UK search.

    Did the search on the example I cited:

    "We have included hypochondriac results - Show only hypochondrion"

    Why??? Why not just give me the search results I ask for without forcing me to make extra clicks.


    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You might take a look at scroogle.com - if I understand it right uses google search with none of the bells and whistles.

      "hypochondrion" produced a bunch of results (some good, some bad) but with no extra clicks or work.