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Yahoo Search Direct

Yahoo! Direct Search is a new feature implemented in Yahoo Search engine which, similarly to Google Instant Search, shows you specific results while typing a keyword on the search field.  Basically, Yahoo Direct Search shows you the top results for any given keywords as well as answers to your questions in a small window right below the search field, as-you-type (instant search). But there is a little more than that. In fact, such a small window also shows “trending searches” (most searched keyword that are similar to the one you are looking for) . If you hover over one of these keywords, Yahoo Direct  Search will display on the right side of the small window the top sites, directly taken from its search result. Without any doubt, this new way of searching the Web is quite interesting and useful, above all when you are looking for direct answers to your questions. For example, if you type: weather in New York, Yahoo Direct Search will display the weather forecast for the city right away. If you type MSFT it will display a stock exchange graph of Microsoft stocks and so on. This post will show you what you have to do if you want to turn on such a new feature. It will also show you how to turn it off in case you don’t like it and prefer to search the Internet “the old way”.

Yahoo! Direct Search is still in beta but of course you can use it and enjoy the benefit of Google Instant Search on your Yahoo…with some interesting adds! If you want to activate and turn on Yahoo! Direct Search head to:


Soon, such feature will become the new default way to search the Internet on Yahoo! If you don’t like it because you think it  might distract you or you want to look the Internet in a deeper way without depending on Yahoo Direct Search top results, you can turn it off. Here is how:

  1. Click More on Yahoo home page.
  2. Click Preferences.
  3. Click the Edit link under the Search Direct section.
  4. Click the Off radio button.
  5. Done!


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2 Comments to “How to Turn On and Off Yahoo! Search Direct”

  1. jesus Says:

    Unfortunately, it only works on firefox

  2. Multi engine user Says:

    Useless tip if you want to avoid the feature and still maintaing web privacy and prevent unwanted tracking. Otherwise turn cookies on and leave them on. With a really big hard drive you should have several years worth of Cookie storage available.

    Using a cookie to opt out has been a serious mistake for Yahoo and Google.

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