Google Instant – Search Web Faster

Google Instant is a new search enhancement that shows results as you type, providing you better search results, faster. Google Instant helps users find information faster by showing relevant results as a query is typed. As users get this immediate feedback, they’re able to refine their searches more quickly and find the results that more precisely match what they need.

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According to Google, people type slowly taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, while they read quickly, requiring only 30 milliseconds to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type. Google Instant search provides faster searches, smarter predictions and instant results for your queries.


With Google Instant, you get to the right content much faster than before because you don’t have to finish typing your full search term, or even press “search” button. You can see the search results as you type, which helps you formulate a better search term by providing instant feedback. You can now adapt your search on the fly until the results match exactly what you want.

As a user starts to type a search, Google Instant automatically shows results for a popular search that begins with those letters. An algorithm tries to predict what the rest of the query might be based on popular queries typed by other users. The predicted text is shown in light grey in the search box, and search results are automatically shown for that predicted query.

If you don’t want to see results as you type, you can turn off Google Instant by clicking the link next to the search box on any search results page, or by visiting your Preferences page.

Google Instant is currently rolled-out to users on Google domains in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia who use the following browsers: Chrome v5/6, Firefox v3, Safari v5 for Mac and Internet Explorer v8. Users on domains other than can only access Google Instant if they are signed in to a Google Account. We will continue to add new domains and languages over the next several months.

With Google Instant you don’t lose any of the functionality that you know and love about Google. If you want to type your full search term and hit enter, that still works just as it always has. Even for the experienced searcher, though, instant feedback can help you narrow in on the precise results you want, which may have taken several searches before. On top of that, we estimate that about half of your searches will be returned in net zero time because the results you want will appear before you finish typing.

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