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Google did some redesign so that domain icons appear with the results:

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Any ideas if there is a way to get the old formatting back (where there is an actual URL, without the favicon, below the title of the page)?

I wish they had something like google.com/search?intf=v1&..., where the intf would specify the version of the interface you want to use.

  • I was also confronted with this yesterday Sun 6 Oct at my home PC. It indeed looks very messy. However, today Mon 7 Oct I don't see this, but I'm at my work PC now. Both are Win10 machines using FireFox. – Jan Doggen Oct 7 at 9:43
  • Here is someone who states This was not a feature that was added to make the search results “better” for the users. Favicons were added to make AdWords blend In more. That is indeed the effect it has: it takes much more effort to distinguish ads from real info. The organic search results and paid ad results now have a similar-sized icon in the same place. The author even calls this a dark pattern. – Jan Doggen Oct 7 at 9:47

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