In early September 2010, Google introduced a new search function called “Google Instant.” Instead of potential search options appearing underneath the Google search box, Google Instant automatically lists search results as you type the word or phrase you are searching. This can be convenient for more popular Google searches. If you are like me, however, you may find Google Instant to be quite the annoyance.
There are a wide variety of Web search services other than Google that do not have a “psychic” search feature similar to Google Instant, such as Yahoo or Dogpile. You may not wish to stop using the Google website, even if you are not a big fan of Google Instant. Fortunately, the Google Instant tool can be easily and quickly disabled.
Open up your favorite Web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.). Navigate to the Google Preferences (http://www.google.com/preferences) website. Here, you can change your settings, such as language, results per page and other Google settings. Scroll down the Google Preferences Web page until you see the “Google Instant” option. Click on the “Do not use Google Instant” option. Then, scroll down to the very bottom of the page, and click the “Save Preferences” tab. That’s it. The Google Instant tool is disabled in the Web browser.
Remember that you must perform this action in every Web browser you use in order to fully disable Google Instant.
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