Up until last week, Google used to place a blue arrow on the first search result. Using the arrow keys, one could select different results. Finally, pressing enter would enter into the selected result. For the past few days, these keyboard shortcuts are no longer there. How do I re-enable them? I search on Google every 10 minutes and can't afford to waste 2 seconds each time pointing my mouse at the desired link.


This seems to have changed recently. From Google help:

Shortcuts for navigating through results

Enter then Tab will select the first result. See the little arrow appear next to the result you’ve highlighted. Press Enter to open the first webpage or use the up arrow and down arrow to select other results.

So basically, you enter your query, press Enter, and then use the Tab key to show the arrows.

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    This works. It's strange why they removed it. They should have kept it there to promote more usage of keyboard shortcuts. Using the mouse is a huge time kill. – JoJo Sep 26 '11 at 20:27
  • So there's another problem. If I'm logged in to my Google account, hitting enter will do a Google +1 on that link rather than go to the link. – JoJo Sep 26 '11 at 23:25
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    Check your tab order. If that's the case, just press Enter after you entered your search term and the arrow will appear. – slhck Sep 27 '11 at 9:25

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