How do I turn off Google's drag and drop image-based search feature?

When you go to the Google Image search engine, people can drop a picture into the search box and the results of the search will be displayed.

How do I switch off this feature?

  • No answer still now :(
    – Ant's
    Aug 20, 2011 at 17:04
  • Why do you want to disable it btw? By disable, do you mean you want to use the old image search UI?
    – R.K.
    Aug 21, 2011 at 9:26
  • Ya i want to use the old image search UI.
    – Ant's
    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:56
  • Can you clarify what you mean by "the old image search UI"? Would the current "basic version" (Scroll to the bottom and click "Switch to basic version" to see it) be acceptable? (It still has drag-and-drop, but behaves like the old UI otherwise as far as I can see) If so, I can probably whip up a solution to automatically force searches to basic UI for you.
    – ssokolow
    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:22
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    We conducting a competition, where the user will be given a pic and he have to guess it and type it in google search engine to find the name of the image. So now i want to turn off so that user can't just drag and put it to find answer
    – Ant's
    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:48

1 Answer 1


A couple of suggestions:

  1. The Advanced Image Search doesn't have drag-and-drop, so you could block access to the Image Search home page and force everyone to use advanced.

  2. You could whip up a page that uses the (deprecated) Google Image Search API. It provides a JavaScript interface to embed Google Image Search results in your website or application.

  3. Search by Image is Firefox and Chrome only. You could make everyone use Safari, or... another browser.

Hopefully one of these methods should suit.

  • here we go :D Your 100 points :D
    – Ant's
    Aug 23, 2011 at 13:20
  • @cliaran : and in IE older version Search by Image is not working? Sure?
    – Ant's
    Aug 23, 2011 at 13:21
  • "Search by Image is compatible with the following browsers: Chrome Firefox 3.0+ Internet Explorer 8+ Safari 5.0+" images.google.com/support/bin/…
    – Ciaran
    Aug 23, 2011 at 13:30

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