There is another Google Search layout available, and I have to admit it is perfect (for me at least)! It is a really small change over the last layout that Google tested, but adds fewer clicks to get to the information I’m looking for.
You’ll notice that really the only difference is the bar on the left-side which adds links to some of the items from the top navigation bar. At the top of that list you’ll see links in bold that should compliment your search quite well, such as in this example I was searching for Chicago, Illinois so it put links to Google Maps and Google Images at the top of the list in bold. Then below those links they list a lot of the other Google Services.
The reason why I like this so much is that I’m frequently doing blog searches and product searches, both of which aren’t readily available in the top navigation bar. I could click on the “More” link to get them, but that is just one additional click that really isn’t needed. This new layout makes almost all of Google’s services just one click away.
The other thing that is different with this layout is that it actually tells you how many total results there are for your search term and the time it took to perform the search. The previous layout would only say something like “Results 1 – 10” and would not actually tell you how many total results were available.
So if you’re wanting to try this out yourself the steps are pretty simple:
- 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.
Remember, to go back to the old layout just delete your browser’s cookies.
Source: Google Blogoscoped