Google Chrome: How to Enable/Disable Google Instant

By | February 3, 2011 | 5 Comments


Google Chrome: How to Enable/Disable Google InstantHere is a quick and painless to turn on Google Instant in your Chrome web browser.

Click on the Preferences (wrench) icon.
Go to Options > Basics
In the “Search” section, check “Enable Instant for faster searching and browsing” checkbox and hit “Close”.

All set.


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  • Armin

    I am enjoying it! Why would one want to turn it off? D:

    • http://www.favbrowser.com FavBrowser (Vygantas)

      I prefer to have it off :-)

      Just because

  • Mikah

    Personally I’m lukewarm about it as it can be distracting.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/13/charlie-brooker-google-instant

    “That afternoon, it unveiled a new feature called Google Instant. It delivers search results before you’ve finished typing them. So now, if I visit Google and start typing my own name, it shows me links to Craigslist the moment I hit “C”. When I add the “H”, up pops the homepage for Chase online banking. By the time I’ve spelt out “Charlie”, I’m presented with a synopsis and review score for “Charlie St Cloud”, a film starring Zac Efron. Add a “Br” and Charlie Brown gazes back at me.

    As the name suggests, this all happens instantly. It’s the internet on fast-forward, and it’s aggressive – like trying to order from a waiter who keeps finishing your sentences while ramming spoonfuls of what he thinks you want directly into your mouth, so you can’t even enjoy your blancmange without chewing a gobful of black pudding first.”

    • Armin

      He must be a very slow typer. Yes, it’s called Google Instant, but it only starts loading a webpage after it detects that you have stopped typing. In addition to that, there’s auto complete.

      • Mikah

        The guys a journalist i doubt he’s a two finger typist

        There are extensions that show image previews with Google instant search

        For Opera there is the “SearchPreview for Google” using it I only had to type Charlie B before his image popped up.

        For other inferior browsers there is
        http://www.makemyvision.com/2010/11/search-preview-in-google-chrome-and.html
        Maybe it works in Google Instant as well.