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Turn off Google Instant Preview (without installing stuff)

Google search has a new feature called “Instant Preview” which pre-fetches search results pages and displays them in a preview pane when you hover over a search result. I suppose it could be argued that this is helpful, but many (including me) find it irritating.

To toggle instant previews on or off, all you have to do is click anywhere on a search result snippet (or click once on the blue magnifying glass). That will prevent instant previews from automatically popping up, or re-enable them if you had turned them off.

Somehow a lot of mainstream sites seem to recommend using adblock, greasemonkey or other plugins — but they’re not needed just for disabling instant previews.

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  1. I tend to move/click around with my mouse near the results text and end up triggering the previews on/off. The UI is terribly confusing since it leads one to believe that you could toggle it by clicking the magnifying glass, but instead clicking anywhere on the results toggles it. Super-fail!

    Bing has a similar dynamic overlay (it shows a summary of the result link), but its UI is far better.

    IAC I too resorted to creating a Stylish script to turn off Instant Previews permanently:

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

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