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Is there a URL parameter to turn off Google Instant?

Google Instant overrides other URL parameters. This affects Firefox toolbar search users and anyone who uses bookmarks or favorites with custom parameters. Turning it off through Preferences is a hassle and only lasts until your cookies are cleared. If there isn't a parameter to turn off Google Instant, there needs to be.

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The following will turn it off and will also work if the browser is set to clear cookies upon exit, according to Google's support page:


Source: BTCreative's answer in Google Instant is horrible. I can't turn it off. The vast majority seem to agree. Google - STOP adding this stuff!! .

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The link you provided is giving a 404 error. –  Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jul 26 '14 at 19:24
In this answer: webapps.stackexchange.com/a/59867/29140, the complete=0 is used to disable the auto complete. The ion=0 is used to disable the instant search. Can you elaborate on that? –  Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jul 26 '14 at 19:30

https://encrypted.google.com seems to be an easy way to disable it!

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Obviously you could just disable it in your search settings. –  Al E. Sep 17 '10 at 19:53
Yes, but he was specific about a URL parameter. I beleive he wanted to shift back and forth –  thunderror Sep 18 '10 at 8:08
Yes, I get that. Your solution isn't an URL parameter either; it's a separate URL. –  Al E. Sep 18 '10 at 19:05
Yup...but it serves his purpose better I presume :) –  thunderror Sep 18 '10 at 19:06

GeneQ's answer is the direct answer to the question, but an alternative to get the desired effect wrt. turning off Google Instant, even when cookies are cleared upon exit, is to change the user agent (HTTP header field User-Agent) the browser sends. Note that this may or may not have undesired side effects on things that depends on it (for example, some JavaScript code).

  1. In Firefox: change general.useragent.override to something like googleinstantisreallyirritating or www.google.com.
  2. In Opera: apparently it is not possible.
  3. In Chrome: hack the Chrome.dll file (Windows only?).
  4. In Internet Explorer: TBD.
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https://productforums.google.com/d/msg/websearch/ckGXGgMffbY/6NXu2jkh_pcJ will be best solution for disable instant...

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Can you summarize the content at the link within the body of your answer? –  jonsca Apr 24 '14 at 13:28

In 'search setting' panel, there is an option for Google Instant, turn off this option to disable Instant search.

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OP wanted a URL solution. –  Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jul 26 '14 at 19:27

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