Google Updates Design for Advanced Search Page

Mar 5, 2008 • 7:15 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google seems to have updated the design of the advanced search form. Here are pictures of the new page design, as I see them right now:

Google's New Advanced Search Page

Now if you click on that plus sign to open the "Date, usage rights, numeric range, and more" you see this:

Google's New Advanced Search Page

The tip links open a small contextual help box over the page.

Here is a picture of an older version of the Google advanced search form:

Google's Old Advanced Search Page

I like the new interface, which seems to give users not only an easier method of searching in an advanced method but also some new features within the form (although not new completely because there were special command to do this). It seems like we now can use this form to:

  • Usage rights for "not filtered by license," "free to use or share," "free to use or share, even commercially," free to use share or modify ," and "free to use, share or modify, even commercially."
  • Search by region (country location)
  • Numeric ranges

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No Name

03/05/2008 05:00 pm

Yet another good improvement from Google


03/05/2008 05:17 pm

Excellent! Now I can refine the search to my exact need. Pratheep

Keri Morgret

03/05/2008 07:41 pm

I'm sorry to see that Google has hidden the usage rights option from the initial display. I'd like to see more promotion of Creative Commons and other open licenses.


03/07/2008 04:24 pm

It's great! it seems it's not the only improvement there...I've just new site search as well. For example, if search for the company Batteries Plus on Google, it will bring a Google search specifically for this website. Never saw anything like this before.


03/11/2008 10:04 am

The new page sucks as it only shows 10 pages no matter what setting is used.


03/11/2008 06:35 pm

This page has turned definitive? Or is to change?


03/12/2008 12:01 pm

I think the new simplified Google advanced search is a step backwards. I hate having to hit the "more" link for the rest of the options I want. Also, it is frustrating to have to relearn where to look for the options I want. They used up more screen real estate to do less. Thumbs down Google!

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