Posted: August 27 2009, 11:13am in Google
Last Updated: August 27 2009, 11:17am

I change the number of results-per-page setting quite a lot, and I just noticed that the "Preferences" link on the Google homepage that I normally use to change my results-per-page setting is missing. Instead, it is now located in a "Settings" drop-down menu up at the top, named "Search Settings".

Before, the "Preferences" link was to the right of the search box, I believe under "Language Tools". In the words of Stewie Griffin... "I don't like change".

Take a peek:

Google Preferences Link Moved to Search Settings

Edit: The "Settings" link at the top will be a drop-down to include both "Search Settings" and "Account Settings", if one if logged into an account. If one is not logged into an account, the "Settings" link will change to read "Search Settings", and it will go directly to the settings/preferences page.

Reader Comments

Darrin Ward wrote:
August 27 2009, 11:54am

Now that I've blogged about this I can get back to doing what I was doing when I needed to change the setting. Ehhhh - what was that? LOL.
Pakar SEO Indonesia wrote:
August 28 2009, 1:38am

Nice Info ;p

but my google ( haven't change yet.

btw, is it will change the SEO too ? ;p
James wrote:
September 8 2009, 6:43am

Nice finding Darrin . Really you are quite active at Google and can notice any change in it very rapidly . Thanks for sharing.
Jakub wrote:
September 9 2009, 5:01am

It is so annoying.. I loved it when it just said [my account]. you should be able to disable this feature somehow.
d patrick wrote:
October 14 2009, 10:49am

Can anyone tell us why we have to save preferences daily, even when the computers remain on, no updates, google open?

Every day we ask for no query suggestions, and every morning it is back to making inane suggestions.

How can we get this to stop? Or can't we?
Sanjay wrote:
May 1 2010, 4:58am

Thanks for sharing nice knowledge with us how Google change the home page according to new search setting. Keep it up.
Jim Petrovick wrote:
February 20 2011, 2:13am

My page has changed for the worse. The Preferences link is missing, and I can't find the "Settings" key. What happened???
Marty Rhoades wrote:
March 7 2011, 11:53am

I agree. page has changed for the worse. I liked using the Preference link. I can't get what I want with Google.

Why don't they ever warn you before a changed is made?
Mary Taylor wrote:
July 1 2011, 5:38pm

New Google homepage is rubbish. I always use "advanced search" and now it's missing. Also the page looks insubstantial and unreliable.
Chuck McCall wrote:
September 2 2011, 5:31am

Google instant is an absolute nightmare. I also "lost" the preference link so thank you for the advice on how to disable "instant".
june fairweather wrote:
September 15 2011, 6:37am

I want ( or want you ) to disable 'google suggest' I would also like the preferences option back on my google screen. I am 73 years old, live alone and have been thoroughly enjoying using my PC. However, since accepting E9 I have had some 'nightmare days'. If I have a problem I have nobody to ask for help - visiting a computer business only generates a bill . They insist on resolving the problem for you rather than explaining how solve problem yourself. I hope you aren't going to do same. PLEASE HELP - thank you in anticipation of a reply. I have loved my old google screen. you should see my new one e.g. home, favs, tools on both sides of screen etc., I have more instruction books than you I bet. I reiterate thanks in anticipation. JF