Google's Search Box Going Away

Feb 26, 2013 • 8:56 am | comments (13) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Search BoxIt seems like in the current Chrome beta is not only SSL search enabled but also stripping out the search box from the Google search page.

Tom Johns posted a picture of this in action in a Google+ Community thread saying he is running a beta of Chrome and the search box is gone. Now, he has to search by using the Omnibox within Chrome. So he has to replace the URL string of the search results with a query. Not a big deal but I'd assume this is confusing for some searchers?

Here is a picture:

Google's Search Box Going Away

You can reproduce this yourself without running the Chrome beta by using this special URL parameter when searching. Here is a sample search for google in Google search.

Forum discussion at Google+ Community.

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02/26/2013 02:28 pm

I usually use the address bar in Chrome to search. Once you do a second search, you have to use the mouse to refocus on the search box but you can use the keyboard to refocus on the address bar. It's a natural conservation move for power-searchers. I don't see removing the search box as too big a deal. Confusing for some searchers? This reminds me of the old tech support meme: TS: Do you still have the box your computer came in? Caller: Yes. TS: Do you have the original packing materials? Caller: Yes. TS: Here's what you need to do. Unplug the computer and pack it in the box with the original packing materials and return it to the store because you're too dumb to own a computer.


02/26/2013 02:55 pm

Feels naked.

Praveen Sharma

02/26/2013 03:05 pm

That's fine if they are removing search box. But why? What difference or benefit its gonna make?


02/26/2013 03:58 pm

So if someone is logged out but using Chrome, they will be (not provided) in Analytics

Adam Buchanan

02/26/2013 04:16 pm

I prefer the extra screen space over having a redundant search box.

Wendy Bauer Piersall

02/26/2013 04:21 pm

Hate it. I prefer to use the search box because I like to see the auto-suggestions, which are different and far too personalized when generated from the Omnibox. Contrary to what Google would like to believe, I'm not ALWAYS searching for something similar to something I've searched before, and feel like the results I get in the Omnibox are far too filtered, personalized and sanitized for many of my search needs.


02/26/2013 04:37 pm

It sounds like it'll be a huge pain if I perform a search and then want to alter my query slightly. From what I've read, I'd expect to have to type my entire search query again. This sounds like a big pain.


02/26/2013 04:52 pm

Well, if you add &espv=101 (you can change the number) to any search.. the search box will dissapear...

Ben Johnston

02/26/2013 05:18 pm

This is going to mean that every single search from Chrome is going to come up as Not Provided. Gee, thanks Google.

Dario Petkovic

02/26/2013 11:06 pm

Indifferent to it, I use firefox


02/27/2013 05:33 am

I wonder if Google are doing this to make it confusing to use a different search engine? Will be interesting when it is released.

Wisnu OPS

02/27/2013 01:12 pm

Wow. Why would Google do that?

Shane Eubanks

02/28/2013 08:06 pm

For the first time ever, I may actually "hope" the majority of my visitors use Internet Explorer! *cringe* can't believe I said that....

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