Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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Google has been working to make its web searches faster — up to the point of guessing what you’re searching for before you’re finished typing with Google Instant.

Now, they want to give you a peek at the web pages you find before you click on them.

Instant Previews, being rolled out to users this week, will let you click on a magnifying glass icon at the top of a search result to see an image of the page before you choose it.

Once you have clicked the icon, yout can then scroll down the list of search results, with images appearing as your mouse hovers over each result.

A text box will show users where their search term appears on the page, so they can better decide whether it’s a useful result, Google says.
Watch a video explainer on Instant Previews

“Instant Previews provides a graphic overview of a search result and highlights the most relevant sections, making finding the right page as quick and easy as flipping through a magazine,” Google product manager Raj Krishnan wrote on Google’s official blog.

The world’s most popular search engine, Google processes more than 80 billion searches a month.

According to analytics company Experian, in September, Google was responsible for about 71 percent of all Web searches, followed by Yahoo with about 13.5 percent and Microsoft’s Bing with just over 10 percent.

According to Google, Instant Previews should be available in 40 languages in the next few days.