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Do not use Google Instant - is that a joke

 9:32 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

well as so many I hate the Google instant, but what gets on my nerves is that its impossible to switch off the last 6 month or so, why do they even have that option and why do they want to tell us what to search thats a real pain.



 1:39 am on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Ya, you have to now go to preferences to turn it off. Which sets a cookie. Which means you have to do it every time you use Google after clearly cookies.

The fix? [bing.com...]

Robert Charlton

 5:06 am on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

The option to turn it off is well hidden or poorly documented, depending on how you look at it, because once you know where it is, then it's obvious.

In the upper right hand corner of the Google search pages there's a small gear icon, which is Options. Go to Options -> Search Settings (which takes you to Preferences), and then about 2/3 of the way down there are radio buttons for Google Instant.


 9:09 am on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

yes I do set it to turn off, it just dont work, for some Month ago I was able to do that with ex. google.de but never for google.com the last 6 month at least, but the last 3 month its also not possible on google.de

I do use bing.com more and more,


 1:02 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Ya, it used to be right next to the search box.

Turning it off several times a day is extremely annoying. It really has driven my usage of Bing...

I clear cookies a couple times a day.


 1:07 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

It really has driven my usage of Bing...

I'm in the UK and unfortunately I can't get Bing to stay on United States results when I want them.

Anyone with any idea how to keep this permanent?

If I could do this I'd probably use Bing all the time.


 1:11 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

The fix? [bing.com...]

Yup. That one worked for me too!


 2:23 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Brett, this has specifically increased Google's earnings. It was one of the positive thing$ mentioned by analysts last earnings call. It drives me nuts, but then Google wants us to be logged on so they track every move we make. And of course they need to squeeze every last penny. Their expenses are increasing drastically and a stock collapse will have to mean more pay in cash for employees.


 2:48 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

I use Firefox with Noscript to kill it, it does work well enough.


 2:51 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Like those above mentioned, instant is the main reason we switched to Bing. That and our niche is showing terrible results since Panda and Bings are on par with Googles results circa 2003-4 and that is just fine for what we use search for.

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