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Google Moves Search Options Location on Results Page

Updated on November 7, 2012

Google's search results page looks just a little bit different now for US desktop users. Location of the search options shift from side of the page to the top as the company creates a design that matches its mobile version.

New Layout of Search Results Page

New layout for US desktop users.
New layout for US desktop users. | Source

New Desktop Design

US users will notice that the left-hand bar of search options has vanished from the Google search results page. Find the options instead at the top of the page. Options include Web, Images, and Map.

Clicking on an option turns the word from blue to red and displays results as per usual. Note, however, that without the bar at the left side of screen there is more room at right. Advertisements are now a larger space of the page pie.

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Google Modifications

The redesign first met mobile and tablet users, during the summer, reports Anthony Myers on CMSWire.

The new desktop format matches those summer changes. The redesign will move out to other countries and other languages in the future, writes Myers.

How to Use Google Search Tools

The Search Tools button rests on the right-hand side of the options bar. Click the button to reveal a drop-down menu to refine searches further. For example, users can see Related Searches and Visited Pages.

The search engine continues to be the main one in the US and is likely to continue to tweak its products and services to improve user's experiences. For mobile and tablet users, the similar page designs between PC and gadgets will be a welcome improvement.


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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks everyone for the great comments here and glad to keep you informed with updates as I can :) Love the hubbing support!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Interesting - I just figure in the cyber-world, everything's changing all the time. So, it's good to be flexible and know that things change up to make it interesting and keep it fresh and maybe even working better. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I will have to wait and see if how it works, but no matter -- it's something I have to accept. Thanks for the update on this google change, Christy.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      I don't know if I like it more or not, but I'll get used to it I'm sure. :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful share;so useful;I vote up and share.


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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting piece of info since we in India are still with the old format of Google search results page. This definitely looks more crisp from what I can make of the image you have provided and should feel easier working with just scrolling up to do specific searches.

      I hope we get to use the new format soon. Thanks for sharing this info, Christy.

      Voted up, interesting.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Christy, I noticed this the other day, and perhaps it may just be a time of getting used to it, but I'm not a current fan. Google's doing a lot of things ... this, doing away with background images on homepages, and so much more to "streamline", as they call it. One day, you may have to Google "Google" just to find them. Great Read!

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Good and informative hub regarding google search.Thanks.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Christy, thank you for sharing and must admit, because I use all Apple products all the search engines send me first to Bing, but I always manually go back to Google, because I still like them the best and your article is a true resource for those who may be unfamiliar with the new layout. Have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      It a great idea to keep up with Google because as you mentioned Google search engine continues to be the main search engine in the US and I always use it. Thanks for the information. You are full of wisdom.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, I'm just clueless about this stuff. Details about computers and search engines just do not stick in my gray matter. Some kind of design flaw in my brain. Having said that, you do a great job of informing people of the latest developments, so this is quite useful. Good job!