Google wants to expose some advanced search options that allow you to refine the results without opening a new page.
The options (Search Options, Search Results Snippets, and Google Squared) are available in a sidebar that’s collapsed by default, but it can be expanded by clicking on “Show options”.
Google’s Search options let you slice and dice your search results, explore your search and generate different views of your results page to more easily and quickly find what you need.
You’ll be able to restrict the results to forums, videos, reviews and recent pages. There’s an option that lets you customize the snippets by making them longer or by showing thumbnails. Google wants to make the process of refining queries more fun and exploratory by adding a “wonder wheel” of suggestions.
In a nutshell:
Use options on the search results page filter and narrow your results.
- Click Show options in the blue bar (located at the top of the search results page) to see the available filters and views you can apply to your search results. Click Hide options to remove the options panel from view.
- If you forget what options are applied to your results, look at the list of links in the blue bar.
- To go back to standard unfiltered Google results, click Reset options at the bottom of the panel.
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