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Is Google Testing Dropping the Icons?

14 September 2011 BY

Some people, including myself, have seen another change to the Google Search Result Pages. Not a big one though, and it is not clear yet whether or not this is a test or permanent.

Google seems to have dropped the icons next to the links on the left side in the sidebar. 

If you do a search before you would see icons next to the links “images”, “videos”, “news” and others. They have disappeared:

I am not sure why Google would do this but it will have something to do with conversion probably.


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  • Kes Phelps

    Page load speed? :)

  • Oldies DJ

    I experienced a slower google chrome, since Apple launched OS X Lion (I’m still using Snow Leopard). Since my computer is not suitable for the new OS from Apple, this might be a reason, why Google is trying to make search results faster and dropping some tools?

  • Michel Wester

    I’m seeing it in all browsers now. I did not yet had confirmation from Google if this is final or just an experiment but I think the changes are here to stay. In the interface I had yesterday there also was a search box below the search results,

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