We have known for about a month that Google was testing a new search layout that is pictured above. Google tests new layouts all of the time, and we didn’t report on that one because it really isn’t that big of a change. The only real difference is that they moved the links up to the top of the page and placed a nice gradient behind the “Results 1–10” bar.
Now, however, you can actually try the layout yourself in just a few seconds:
- Right-click on this link and copy it.
- Go to http://www.google.com
- Paste the link from Step 1 in the address bar and press Enter. You should see a popup window, and once you press OK you will be all set.
- Refresh the page or do a search to see the new layout.
The link in Step 1 will insert a cookie into your browser, which is the same cookie that a small amount of random users receive when they are selected to test the new layouts. You can always go back to the old layout by simply clearing your cookies, but until your cookies are cleared your Google search results will retain the new layout.
Personally, I like the new layout. It is hardly different from what is currently available, but I think putting those primary links along the top reduces the clutter around the search box. That will also make it less likely for me to click on one of those links accidentally when I really meant to click on the search box.
What do you think about the layout?