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If you wish to turn off and disable the new Google Images Search and switch to the old,  Images basic version, soon you might find yourself without any clue on how to do it. In fact, there is not any obvious way to perform this “simple” operation. For example, on the left Google Images Search sidebar there is no “turn off” option. You can only tweak and refine the way you  search images, photos and pictures by selecting certain parameters such as color, size, type etc. Personally speaking, I find the new interface quite irritating. It also distracts me because every time I hover on a picture it becomes bigger all of a sudden. Furthermore, it’s more difficult to find out the source (the complete URL address) and where the image comes from. Nevertheless, the all new Google Images has got a way to switch back  to the basic interface. The only issue is that such a option has been artfully hidden.

Got frustrated, irritated and distracted by the new Google Images Search interface? Wish to get rid of it and restore the old, good  basic version. Well, actually you can do it, in a quite easy way. The option to turn off the irritating interface is right there, on the main Google Images Search…don’t you still manage to see it? Well, of course you can’t, because it has been artfully concealed from view.

  1. Go to Google Images.
  2. Perform a search. For example, on the Search field, type Test and hit Enter.
  3. Now, go all the way down the Images Search result page.
  4. Under the More Search Results page, look for the “Switch to Basic Version” link and simply click it!

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4 Comments to “How to Turn Off Google Images Search and Switch to the Basic Version”

  1. Elen Berry Says:

    I need to know how to get the Google link off my tool bar. It never goes away and I’ve been told it may be a virus or about.blank (whatever that is).

  2. Karl Says:

    I wrote this Firefox search engine (should also work in Chrome & IE7+) that searches in Google Images Basic.

    Read about it on my blog

  3. Web Talk Says:

    Well, recently I read on a forum that you can have the basic Google Image Search by installing this plugin for Firefox which disables scripts on web pages. I have not tried it but according to a lot of users it works perfectly!

  4. Grr Says:

    is there a better fix? I already knew abt this one.

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