Google Image Search Now Let's You Switch Back To Old Design

Nov 2, 2010 • 8:04 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

I am a bit surprised to see Google Images provide a way to go back to the old Google Image Search design. In July, Google came out with a new Google Image design, infinite scroll.

As you can imagine, not everyone were fans of the new design. Webmasters didn't like it cause it slowed people from visiting their site with the actual image. Searchers didn't all like it cause it was not what they were accustomed to. There were many bugs with it over the past months as well.

Today, I believe for the first time, there is a way to go back to the old Google Image search design.

If you scroll to the bottom of the images on the page, there is a new button that reads, "Switch to basic version." Clicking on it will take you to the old classic design. You can of course then switch back to the "Switch to standard version."

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Google has slowly been giving searchers a way out of their bold new interfaces. When it came to Google News, they slowly are bringing back the old design. The Google fade in went away with Google Instant and so did their redesign. But when will Google Instant be reverted?

Jeff from the Google team is telling people about the new feature in the Google Web Search Help forum. He said:

You can switch back to the older version of Google Images by doing the following:

1) Perform any search on Google Images 2) Scroll to the bottom of the page 3) Click the "Switch to basic version" link at the bottom of the page

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

Update: This is old news and has been there since day one. Sorry for the false alarm.

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11/02/2010 12:47 pm

This is easier then Twitter. The option was there since the beginnen of the new interface of Google Image Search, see: Also you can add "&sout=1" to the URL of the results to switch back.

Vaughn Aubuchon

11/02/2010 05:28 pm

NOT a false alarm to me, since I never noticed it. It took YOU to point it out to me. Good job. Thank you.


11/02/2010 06:51 pm

I'd noticed the link to switch before. Trouble is you have to let the whole page load and scroll to the bottom to use it, and clicking on any image links still reverts to the new method of display. I'd like to see the link at the top of the page and maybe a cookie to keep you set at the old version while surfing.


04/11/2011 08:38 pm

Hey, is there's a way to permanently switch to the basic version I don't want to open google every time , then go down, then switch to basic version eventhough I cannot save my preferences, is any body have a solution? plz let me know thanks


01/24/2013 12:30 pm

I know this an old discussion but there is a simple solution for switching to the basic version permanently. If you use Greasemonkey then install this script. Then restart Firefox and do an image search. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and next to Switch to basic version there is a button (always) Click on it and the change will be permanent.

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