Google Cache Link Goes Inside Previews

Sep 23, 2011 • 8:59 am | comments (50) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Several searchers are complaining they cannot find the Google Cache link in the Google search results. Here is one of the many threads at the Google Web Search Help threads.

As you know, the Google previews are changing and Google confirmed the changes on the Google Search blog yesterday.

Now that is is rolling out, people are confused as to where the cache link is. The link has been moved to the previews area. So to see a cache link, you need to click on the preview and go to the bottom of the preview to see the "cache" link.

Kelly from Google said, "Are you able to access the cached link when you open the Instant Preview of a site?"

That is the answer if you do not see the cache link in the original place, which was under the main search result:

Google Cache Link

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Jill Whalen

09/23/2011 01:50 pm

UGGHH! I hope this doesn't last long. I wonder why they want people to click on the preview so badly? 


09/23/2011 03:33 pm

Longer u stay on Google more ad click and less visits 2 our sites.


09/23/2011 04:55 pm

The person who suggested moving the cache link to inside the preview should be lynched. (If the culprit is a Google employee, he/she should be fired immediately). Google has made quite a number of dubious decisions recently. The black navigation bar, hideous button makeovers, '+You', Google Instant (it's crap for Oriental language search input), bloated HTML5 holiday/event logos, changes on Youtube etc...) Sadly, Bing is still not as good as Google in the search engine business. Yahoo is floundering when Carol Bartz the incompetent, potty-mouth bitch took over. With no real competition, Google does what it pleases, to our detriment. It adopts the 'I know what's best for you, now take it and shut up' attitude towards users.


09/23/2011 11:52 pm

I've noticed that the cache link shows up on some browsers and not on others.


09/24/2011 08:10 pm

Obviously this cache link inside preview is a total fail. What about people who have the preview and instant search disabled?


09/24/2011 09:56 pm

Solution found. The same way you disable the preview, you can add back the cache link. I have used this script in Greasemonkey for several months: I modified their script to replace one line, and works well for me, "cache" and "similar" are back. var css = ".vspib {display: none;} .vshid {display: inline; margin-left:7px;}";


09/24/2011 11:35 pm

Thank you, you goddamn genius :D


09/26/2011 06:43 am

Why is google changing every now ?

some guy

09/28/2011 10:49 am

copy the url you want to see and type in google's search bar "cache:http://insert-url-i-wanted-to-see"


09/28/2011 11:30 am

i can't anymore find google cache. it is somewhat hidden or something. please help!


09/30/2011 07:57 am

Why does Google do this? Simple things that DO NOT need changing get messed when and yet things that really do need to be changed/fixed/addressed go untouched. Quite frankly I find the preview "feature" annoying and I found a way to disable it permanently, now Google is trying to force me to re-enable it JUST to see a cached link? Are you serious?

Wesley Wolenczak

10/01/2011 03:16 am

Will they ever stop fucking about with everything. It's such a fucking ball ache. GOOGLE YOU'RE  A FUCKING SEARCH ENGINE COMPANY FFS! Ain't broke mofos.


10/01/2011 07:14 am

Cant find it. Google, your F-ing up!


10/02/2011 10:59 pm

Can't Find Google Cache Link Even Inside Previews!


10/04/2011 02:24 am

Wow, I hate that the cached link is now buried in a preview. What's next? Will automakers move the steering wheel to the back seat and airlines have all passengers lay horizontally?


10/05/2011 02:54 am

Time to find another search engine. DuckDuckGo seems to work quite nicely. Thanks Google, it was fun while it lasted, but I really don't want you integrating yourself into everything I do related to the internet.


10/05/2011 06:41 am

its  annoying because I have to go through another step (anytime I look up song lyrics, I go right to the text only version. No, I don't want to "Send XXXXX as a ringtone to my cell") Also, cached is just plain gone on my cell phone

Anderson Colla

10/06/2011 12:26 pm

Bad Google, bad!


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10/17/2011 05:39 am

This sucks. =( put cached back at the end of the green url text...


10/18/2011 02:09 pm

HOW SUPERFICIAL? when will people stop complaining about the evolution of humans as we interact with things.  because if that DIDN'T happen, there 5ould have never been any computers. period. such pseudointellectualism always comes from GEEKS, i fiund. think. of COURSE google's going to go through changes.  the real failure is failure to ADAPT...things don't just sit still. they change and you have to have a loose and flexible enough mind to adapt. now say your sorry and remember...don't be evil... but really. maybe before you complain without deep DEEP thought YOU should go create an award-winning search plat that serves people in mogadisshu and valdivistok and antarctical and THEN act like you know it all because, uh, you use google....pfft.bye


10/22/2011 02:19 am

Am I the only one who LIKES everything he just said he hated? Not only that, the complaints are about aesthetic changes that don't hamper functionality in the slightest (though I'm sad to hear that your frequent Oriental searches have bugs... not sure if that's relevant to the average person though). I'm *annoyed* that the Cached link (because I use it *all the time*) went from a 1-click feature to a 2-click. That's a functionality issue. But I will survive. I hope they change it back though.


10/23/2011 11:26 am

Google!!! Preview sucks. Bring back Cached.


10/23/2011 11:03 pm

Sometimes geeks make changes not because it is better but just so it seems they did something.  Bring back the google cache.


10/24/2011 11:34 am

For the fun of it, I'll respond to some of the more illogical statements you've made, though I get the feeling you have no friggin clue what the topic is... "HOW SUPERFICIAL?" The previous poster didn't mention anything about being superficial -- and why are you shouting? "when will people stop complaining" When companies consistently are smart enough to have changes like this be optional, not involve a loss of functionality, and hyped as a great new feature. Since people don't all work the same way at all times, forcing a particular style on everybody is always going to result in complaint.A much better question is: when will people like you stop complaining whenever others don't share your preferences or current way of doing things? "about the evolution of humans as we interact with things" There's no human evolution going on here; we're just reacting to what's on the screen.  There *is* an evolution in how search results are displayed, but not necessarily a positive one, as not all change is positive. "because if that DIDN'T happen, there could have never been any computers. period." That's one of the silliest strawman arguments I think I've ever seen; as I said before, not all change is positive.  More on-topic: the first computer(s) came to exist as the result of persistent work through countless failures and rejections, because innovation doesn't require (nor does it thrive in) an environment of constant approval. "such pseudointellectualism always comes from GEEKS, i fiund" There's nothing pseudo-intellectual (or intellectual) about somebody saying they dislike the changes a company has made to a favored product.  Second, non-geeks are equally prone to pseudo-intellectual claims, as you are proving. "the real failure is failure to ADAPT" No, the real failure is in fooling oneself into thinking that there are no other options available, or that we owe a company that receives money in exchange for our choosing to use it. It's foolish to leap from one alteration to the next in the assumption that new is always better. "...things don't just sit still. they change and you have to have a loose and flexible enough mind to adapt." Being able to adapt doesn't mean gratefully accepting whatever a person or organization decides to do even if you find the change detrimental. Wisdom includes knowing which way of handling a change is best at that time for oneself. "now say your sorry" Say their sorry is what? "but really. maybe before you complain without deep DEEP thought" Or before you write bizarre rants without even shallow thought (or, seemingly, reading comprehension), in your case. "YOU should go create an award-winning search plat" So by your logic, you wouldn't complain about surgery going wrong unless you were a surgeon, about horrible-tasting food unless you were a master chef, about a car that constantly breaks down without being able to invent the automobile, so on and so forth?Google is is a company, not a deity; that its founders created a great search algorithm ~13 years ago doesn't mean the staff are permanently infallible. We have the right to criticize its actions when they affect our daily lives or the products we rely on. "and THEN act like you know it all because, uh, you use google" You're projecting -- I didn't see the other person acting like that, nor would it make an ounce of sense to claim looking things up on a search engine has anything to do with personal preferences.

Mark Shirley

10/24/2011 02:57 pm

I cant find the cached link that used to highlight searched words inside the site. Where is the preview area you dont show it - thanks


10/27/2011 01:46 am

The Cached is not gone... it's still there but two clicks away.


10/27/2011 09:20 pm

WTF??? Google ish sucks! Whr TF is that F-ing CACHED LINK!!!


10/27/2011 10:15 pm

found it! Not all sites hv that C-link!


10/31/2011 01:02 am

Nope, it's not there either. 


10/31/2011 01:02 am

Nope not there either.


10/31/2011 01:04 am

i know not all sites don't have it, but it don't matter what i search none has it when it should have it or did have it. ugh!  Google needs to stop fixing things that aren't broke. FYI, I'm still using Vista, have all browsers. IE, chrome, new chrome, Firefox, opera. I have every browser you can think of. 


11/02/2011 08:57 pm

But it no longer highlights the words you are searching for to easily scan a page... so it is still FAIL!


11/07/2011 01:11 pm

FAIL, give cache link back, needs a Intel Core I7 to use GOOGLE with MORON's FEATURE PREVIEW


11/08/2011 03:08 pm

I installed the greasemonkey script to get my cached results page back, but IT STILL DOES NOT HIGHLIGHT the keywords! Get it ?   There is no highlighting at this time, apparently, unless someone can modify the script to highlight also !!


11/08/2011 05:49 pm

@some guy Thanks very much! A fast workaround.


11/10/2011 09:37 pm

Hey guys, I made an extension to put the cached link back where it belongs. You can get it from the Chrome Web Store:


11/15/2011 09:50 pm

GOOGLE ever heard of this saying; Use but don't abuse? Go ahead and use us all you want, but don't abuse us by making totally uncessary changes in settings that have been well established and user-friendly to the millions of users registered with Google. If Google continues to make changes that are widely unapproved and disliked, there will be someone who will start another "google". Kinda like Myspace and Facebook.... I think we used Yahoo before Google got big? (I cannot recall at the moment).  So, if youre not careful Google, your  inevitable "rise and fall" fate,  could and will end much sooner than anticipated. 


11/16/2011 05:58 am

This is rediculous.  Cached is always the first thing I click.  


11/17/2011 01:53 pm

Can someone please tell me how to access the cache feature on an android phone now?


11/18/2011 04:16 pm

Thanks dcolt, the extension works!  It brings back the old cache and does highlighting. 


11/30/2011 04:29 pm

@dcolt: Thank you so very much for the link to reinstall google cache! I have suffered with this problem for a few months, and didn't do anything about it until I got fed up having to search for my keywords with a painful eyeball!


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12/07/2011 06:39 pm

I have switched to Bing as their cache woks just like Google used to work like.

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01/17/2012 11:56 am

it is not gone , it is in the preview :)


03/07/2012 01:24 am

where in the fuck is this damn "preview"?!?!


03/13/2012 01:11 pm

Hey Google--if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Put the cache links back where they were!!!!


04/18/2012 04:28 pm

My preview is gone. so how do i get it back so i can see the cache links

Mike Mouse

05/03/2012 08:17 am

The comments below are 5 and 6 months ago. How about a better problem-solving rate to our "cached"  issue than a half of a damn year? Perhaps you are all just over paid and under FIRED! Just remember: Don't Be Evil, Slow, and not FIRED!

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