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Windows 7: Google looks totally different on my pc suddenly.

25 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 32bit
Google looks totally different on my pc suddenly.

I'm not sure if it's an issue with my pc or what, but suddenly, today, Google doesn't look normal for me like usual. The main page, and especially the advanced page, are totally different. I ran ccleaner hoping that would sort things out, but it made no difference. It looks the same on all my browsers. Can anybody here tell me what's going on? I can't stand it.

Here is a screenshot of how advanced search looks currently on my pc, using the latest build of firefox.

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26 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Advanced search is the same for me. It looks like Google's changing things again.
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26 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 32bit

What a shame. It's awful. I feel totally lost on the advanced search page now. It was perfect as it was. Also, it doesn't seem to work for me now. It doesn't remember my selections (safesearch, last update). No way to get the old look back then? I can't imagine most people being happy with this.
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26 Feb 2012   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

They are slowly fanning this change out to different servers. Sometimes I get the new look and other times I get the old look. I like the old (more compact) look better. Also, it was easier to tell where the fields were in the old look on a laptop. With the new look, I have to change the viewing angle at times just to see things.
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26 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 32bit

I seriously can't get any of the settings to stay since it changed. I don't know what to do. For instance, when I change SafeSearch settings, it forgets them as soon as I start a new window. I don't know what to do. I go into "customize your search settings" on the bottom, and it seems to show all my settings, but when I open up a new tab with advanced search, my settings aren't in effect. This is horrible.

And the interface seem like a step backwards. In the old advanced search, you didn't need to use things like "-" for without and "or" - you could if you wanted but there were already separate boxes and it made it a bit easier to throw in a couple different words, 1 in each box. I seriously hope enough people complain that they switch back, though I'm not sure how much effort they've put into this so maybe it's here for good (or for bad).
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26 Feb 2012   #6

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

They want you to be logged in to Google in order to lock some settings in place - like safe search.
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26 Feb 2012   #7

windows 7 Home Premium

You are not alone.
It looks the same way for me as well.
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26 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 7 32bit

It's absolutely unusable for me. I don't want to log into my google account every time I want to surf.

If I type something and run a search, and then remove a search term in the search box and add a new word, it keeps the old search term and the new search term too.

For instance, I type in "Fringe discussion" at the top under "all these words". Now at the results page, I add to that "fox" so that it reads "Fringe discussion Fox". When I hit enter, the new search term at the top are for "Fringe discussion Fox Fringe discussion". If I remove everything from there but Fringe and just add, "Fox", so that it now reads "Fringe Fox", the new search results page shows the search query as "Fringe fox Fringe discussion"

It's totally messed up and Google is now totally unusable for me. Try those search terms just as I did. Does it happen to you? I'm in panic mode right now without a functioning Google. This can't possible be how it's supposed to work now.

EDIT: I just tried the same search results on Chrome and it doesn't happen. It only happens on Firefox. In fact, I can save my Google settings just fine in Chrome and it remembers them. Google is broken for me with the newest Firefox 10.0.2. I have no idea what's going on here.
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26 Feb 2012   #9

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

I've not checked with anything other than Firefox 10.0.2 - I cannot save the settings. I have/want no Firefox add-ons.

...but I don't use Firefox & Google search - I use IE for that - so I'm good.
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01 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 32bit

Guess there's no add-on or anything to help Google behave better in Firefox? I can't believe everybody is experiencing issues with Google not working right on Firefox now. Firefox is widely used and everyone uses Google, so is this really happening to everyone or is it just me? I know the look has changed, sadly, but in Firefox it won't even remember my settings from one search to the next. It's awful. It seems to remember fine in Chrome, but I prefer Firefox because of the add-ons I use.
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