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Google Kills Instant Previews & Related Search Filter

Posted on 4.28.2013

Google seems to be in the midst of a spring cleaning frenzy - at least on its search results page. The search engine has recently dropped support for both Instant Previews (which launched back in November 2010) and the "related searches" filter.

The Instant Previews feature showed users what sites appearing in the index actually looked like and would even highlight sections of the page related to the users query.

The reason for removing the features? Both the related search option and the instant previews feature, according to Google, received low usage which is leading many to speculate that a new round of functionality is coming to the search results pages.

Check out some previous coverage of Google's Instant Previews features below:
- Instant Previews Now on Google Ads
- The Good and Bad of Google Instant Previews
- Google's Design Guidance for Instant Previwes

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