Google's Top Down Navigation Design Going Global

Nov 21, 2012 • 8:54 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

google top navigation feedbackEarlier this month, Google officially made the new top down navigation menu available to all U.S. searchers.

Now Google seems to be letting the rest of the world enjoy the new navigation bar.

I am seeing more and more reports from searchers around the world that the new navigation bar is showing up for more and more users.

Last night, one Australian searcher said:

We've lost the sidebar in Australia along with the ability to restrict results to Australia.

Google search is now useless for most Aussie's. Off to look for an alternative that recognises that the US is NOT the centre of the universe.


If you track the Google Web Search Help thread, you will see more and more complaints from searchers outside of the US.

So if you are eager to see the new navigation bar and you haven't yet, expect it soon.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Andrea Moro

11/21/2012 02:23 pm

I simply like it .. but somebody on the "images" department forget to design the new interface adequately as it not anymore possible access to the "icons" or "clipart" from the left aside which was terribly useful.

Richard Gailey

11/21/2012 04:10 pm

Agreed. They have also removed the ability to search for 'Exact Size' images. Have to rely on Google kung-fu instead

20 Something Awesome

11/21/2012 04:13 pm

This new navigation bar is awful. How is more clicking to do basic functions (search videos, change location, change time frame, etc) ever a good thing? How is more white space useful to anyone? Simple design does not mean looks simple but is simple to use. I don't think anyone who enjoys this update uses many features of google or enjoys efficiency.


11/21/2012 08:47 pm

You can still can still narrow results by country. Click Search Tools and then click where it says "The Web" and a drop down menu will appear that let's you see results only from you country, in my case Canada.


11/21/2012 08:49 pm

I can't remember the exact number, but only a very small percentage of searchers actually use the advanced search options. Google probably thinks having a cleaner results page, with more room for ads and Knowledge Graph results, is a fair trade off, even if it annoys a small number of advanced searchers.

Praveen Sharma

11/22/2012 03:40 am

New top bar doesn't have exact size image search option. That's something we are missing it out.


11/22/2012 03:38 pm

No, they have a Search Tools button, when clicked you get the old left menu.


11/22/2012 06:23 pm

In fact a lot of complaints here on Google+

Nathaniel Bailey

11/23/2012 10:16 am

Don't like it lol, and the "Search Tools" button is buggy as hell on some searches (don't always show the options, and some times repeats your previous search query), I guess google will be working to fix this!?

Kausik Dutta

11/24/2012 03:19 am

I dont know if you have noticed it or not. On different OS, it looks different too. I saw it in different style on my MAC than on Windows. in Windows version, text is bit bold than Mac. They have recently made changes to Google apps mail, which is incredible.


11/26/2012 05:18 am

I agree - those outside of the US now have a three click hurdle to jump over. Really NOT user friendly and like others, I'll be hoping for a change from Google or a better option with another search engine. World domination was going so well for Google... until now.

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