How to Disable/Turn Off Google Instant Search

Google Instant is just announced by Google, which shows search results as users type their search term in the search bar. This is definitely a useful feature and saves time too, but there may be some users like me who wish to disable Google Instant.

Google Instant can be easily turned off, following 2 ways below:

1. You can turn off Google Instant by clicking the Instant is on link next to the search box on any search results page, and selecting the Off option.

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2. To permanently disable Google instant, visit your Preferences page. Scroll down to Google Instant and select the “Do not use Google Instant” radio button. Then, click the ‘Save Preferences’ button.

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Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

3 Responses

  1. For the moment I disabled the instant search may be coz of my typing speed and the way I search..but it could be really useful for people whose typing speed is low…

  2. Smiling Carcass says:

    For those that (sensibly) do not keep cookies, each time FF is restarted, Instant is back on. Here is a solution that will turn it off permenantly in FF. IE users, change browsers or get used to it!

    FF users don’t need any add-ons or scripts to disable this.

    Nor do they need to change their homepage.

    In FF you can disable instant search and instant previews by modifying the about:config file.

    Instructions here-

    Simple and it worked for me with no (as yet) apparent problems.

    Thanks, E-How!

  1. September 9, 2010

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