New Google Look: Search layout changes

By Alan Ng - May 6, 2010

The next time you conduct a search on Google’s website, you should notice that the company has rolled out a significant update to the layout of their search results.

As reported from MercuryNews, Google has now updated their computer search layout, including mobile search results to display much more useful information for users.

For example, if you search ‘iPhone 4G’ on Google, you’ll now be presented with a new box on the left hand side, which brings up separate categories such as News, Images, Videos, Blogs and More.

While this is similar to the tabs located at the top of the screen, the bigger font makes it much more user-friendly and a lot more eye-catching.

If you feel like browsing the latest videos under the term ‘iPhone 4G’, the new video tab will bring up the newest video search results from YouTube – pretty neat.

You can read a lot more about the changes through the link. Do you like the update from Google or not? Give us your thoughts on this.

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  • rosy

    I HATE the sidebar. When we use goggle page its because we want to search for something pacific. so why the side bar. GET RID OF IT!

  • Buck

    I guess bing taking market share has got the google boys stirred up.

  • I don't think it's absolutely horrible but I'm also not digging it. It does add to the experience but there's just too much "stuff" in my opinion.

  • gkb

    yeah its bob change it back or i'm off like all these other folks to yahoo

  • giu

    it's faster.

  • It does feel wrong. Just awkward to use, and too cramped.

    If you use Chrome or FF, you can fix it though;
    http://www.technixupdate.com/hide-or-remove-left-

  • Pierre Johnson

    I think the new layout of Google is HORRIFIC! Why did they change it in the first place?? Please why don't they return to the classic look, because A it looks way better and B it's NOT necessary to implement changes!

    HATE HATE HATE the new look.

  • adam

    Yay now it looks like Bing the worst search engine on the net. Great work….. note sarcasm! BTW remove the left side bar. left side bar = S**t

  • adam

    Yay now it looks like Bing the worst search engine on the net. Great work….. note sarcasm! BTW remove the left side bar. left side bar = S**t

  • sunny

    I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    so much that i first thought i had a virus impersonating the google page. its so wrong!!!
    stupid marketing. why would you change a classic, iconic look? and i hate the fonts!
    HATE!!!!! we should all send them hate mail till they change it back!

  • sunny

    I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    so much that i first thought i had a virus impersonating the google page. its so wrong!!!
    stupid marketing. why would you change a classic, iconic look? and i hate the fonts!
    HATE!!!!! we should all send them hate mail till they change it back!

  • cyb

    Hate it. Google is in my mind connected with beautiful simplicity, not _unnecessary_ and distracting bloat like this. UI minimalism has been one of their great strengths compared to many other search engines.

  • ronaldo

    Its ridiculous, the older google is the better one. I agree, changes are good, but this changes for google is stupid.

  • jake

    Its fucking annoying….. Bring in back the old google look up…… or else add a hide button over it, so that users who don't want to see the left panel may hide it.

  • The Whole World

    Worst. Update. Ever.

  • Mark

    Everyone loved the old google because it was so simple, why the hell have they put some crap getting in the way!? Its almost as bad as the new youtube layout!

  • kumar

    it sucks….google rollback the changes…. we hate it

  • kumar

    it sucks….google rollback the changes…. we hate it

  • kumar

    it sucks….google rollback the changes…. we hate it

  • BringBackGoogle

    I cannot stand it!

    I like the old Google – so simple.

    LET US HAVE PREFERENCES!

  • GOOGLE IS SHIT

    GOOGLE WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU THINKING ??? LISTEN TO THE USERS AND REMOVE THE SHITTY LEFT HANDSIDE PANEL, YOU MOTHER FUCKERS.

  • Amy

    It's driving me mad. It's a lot harder to pick out the website you're looking for. Took me twice as long to find the page I needed compared to a few days ago.

    I really hope they have the sense to change it back and not just think "They'll get used to it" because I'm not going to get used to it.

  • Amy

    It's driving me mad. It's a lot harder to pick out the website you're looking for. Took me twice as long to find the page I needed compared to a few days ago.

    I really hope they have the sense to change it back and not just think "They'll get used to it" because I'm not going to get used to it.

  • Amy

    It's driving me mad. It's a lot harder to pick out the website you're looking for. Took me twice as long to find the page I needed compared to a few days ago.

    I really hope they have the sense to change it back and not just think "They'll get used to it" because I'm not going to get used to it.

  • Nate

    They took away my little clean piece of the internet….. now its just a cluttered and dirty as the rest of the web. Fix it NOW!!!!!!

  • Nate

    They took away my little clean piece of the internet….. now its just a cluttered and dirty as the rest of the web. Fix it NOW!!!!!!

  • NETUSER1

    ITS COMPLETELY CRAP IF THEY DONT CHANGE IT BACK WITHIN 3 DAYS IM GOING TO SPACE

  • NETUSER1

    ITS COMPLETELY CRAP IF THEY DONT CHANGE IT BACK WITHIN 3 DAYS IM GOING TO SPACE

  • ArchieTheCat

    Really bad. Dont like / need it. Why fix something which wasn't broken? Sort it out, Google, or I'm moving on!!!!!

  • ArchieTheCat

    Really bad. Dont like / need it. Why fix something which wasn't broken? Sort it out, Google, or I'm moving on!!!!!

  • jen

    i thought i was going crazy until i googled that google changed their layout — it is GOD AWFUL! i keep thinking 1/2 the page is missing, all that white space on the right side and the large font is distracting — i dont need or want all that other garbage — bad move google

  • PoptartsYummy

    I dislike the new google layout.It would be better if the side bar was optional.

  • NewStyle=Yuck

    This is horrible. Google, give an option to go to the previous style.

  • themacksteruk

    I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I am changing to a new browser noe

  • Anonymous

    Definitely worse than the old layout. Change it back please, or at least give an option to restore the old layout. Really, really don't like this one.

  • BrownTablecloth

    I don't lkike it – makes it much harder to see the results because all the writing is concentrated over a smaller area. This is why I never use Yahoo as the layout is the same. Very user-unfriendly.

  • maarten

    it sucks

  • newlayoutlookswrong

    It LOOKS WRONG. I don't know how to explain it. It just f**ken LOOKS WRONG.

  • Newgooglesucks

    It's pathetic. Really stupid. Old version was better. I'm considering switching to yahoo.

  • pratik

    it sucks, gg you better change it or i will start using yahoo search

  • Matt

    Google's old look was excellent. Simply because it was simple and effective.

    Instead of permanently having the sidebar showing Google should have a vertical bar, with text on it like 'Additional Features' and when clicked on or hovered over the new toolbar will slide out/display allowing the user to use the new sidebar when needed.

  • ihategooglenewlayout

    change it back now!!! i hate it, its pissin me off, too cluttered, now it looks like fucking Bing and I HATE BING!!! OMG GOOGLE CHANGE BK NOW!!!! or u have failed big time

  • Anonymous Coward

    Quite terrible. The strength on which Google originally built its reputation was its simplicity, at a time when search engines were competing to be the most cluttered. Unfortunately, 12 years later, Google seems to have forgotten what users actually want from a search engine.

  • Leo

    I hate it also…

    Every time I log on it FEELs like someones been on computer, messing with sh*t

  • Leo

    I hate it also…

    Every time I log on it FEELs like someones been on computer, messing with sh*t

  • finky

    dont like it at all

  • Skaijo

    Just extra crap I don't care about. It's an obnoxious, larger font'ed, bold link to make up for the smaller more convenient links at the top. For heaven's sake–WHO DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO USE GOOGLE BY NOW? Who doesn't know that there's an image link at the top available??? Who is this marketing too?

  • Skaijo

    Just extra crap I don't care about. It's an obnoxious, larger font'ed, bold link to make up for the smaller more convenient links at the top. For heaven's sake–WHO DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO USE GOOGLE BY NOW? Who doesn't know that there's an image link at the top available??? Who is this marketing too?

  • Ben

    I agree with the last 3 comments!

  • Ben

    I agree with the last 3 comments!

  • somebody

    sorry not a big fan of the new layout=T

  • Hate Google Layout

    Hate it

  • Jeff

    Not so great. The whole reason I use google is because it doesn't have all the extras that the other search engines do. Now I'm looking for a new home page.

  • none

    It's Dreadful!!!!!!!!!! Why repeat the bar at the top!
    Anyway to stop it?

  • Mark

    Its awful. Seems to me like a classic case of fixing something which wasn't broken in the first place. Text is to big. Results layout is to cramped which means I can see less results on the screen. On my laptop, with a popular search term, I can see 9 sponsered links and only 3 natural search results. The main reason I used Google was the uncluttered results page. For me they have just removed the thing I liked most about them.

  • Mark

    Its awful. Seems to me like a classic case of fixing something which wasn't broken in the first place. Text is to big. Results layout is to cramped which means I can see less results on the screen. On my laptop, with a popular search term, I can see 9 sponsered links and only 3 natural search results. The main reason I used Google was the uncluttered results page. For me they have just removed the thing I liked most about them.

  • wiki

    I HATE IT!!!!!! IF they won't disable/make optional I am switching to different browser (equally cluttered and annoying) just because I'm mad for the stupid change forced on users!

  • none

    its trash, don't f-ing change google. Now its just like eveything else please change it back

  • none

    its trash, don't f-ing change google. Now its just like eveything else please change it back

  • meithink

    it's rubbish!!!!!!

    • little al

      I agree – it is not as good as previous version, also 'radio button' for UK only search has gone. Think again Google!!!!!

  • Its pretty good — at least it does the job still.