Is there an official way to disable the Google Instant Previews feature?


There isn't a way to permanently disable the feature at present but for now it isn't working in encrypted Google (https://www.google.com) so can be avoided.

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    Sadly this doesn't seem to work for non-us sites. – Stefan Schmidt Nov 12 '10 at 18:39



  1. Download Greasemonkey, install and restart browser
  2. Snag the necessary script from here
  3. Install the script then do a Google search
  4. Click the Disable Instant Previews link in the top right


No need to install Greasemonkey as Chrome supports scripts natively

  1. Grab the same script as the Firefox users from here
  2. Click “Continue” when you see the security warning
  3. Do a Google search, then Disable Instant Previews with the top right link

Hope this helps.

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  • Not exactly what I was looking for, since I already have a hackish solution in place, but thanks anyway! – Stefan Schmidt Nov 18 '10 at 12:49
  • Missed the 'official way' part of your question, I'll try and fully read it next time :) – Whitingx Nov 18 '10 at 14:52

FF users don’t need any add-ons or scripts to disable this.

Nor do they need to change their homepage.

In FF you can disable instant search and instant previews by modifying the about:config file.

Instructions here-


Simple and it worked for me with no (as yet) apparent problems.

Thanks, E-How!

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  • Cool, I only wish there was a similar solution for Safari! – Stefan Schmidt Dec 13 '10 at 4:11

No need - Google Instant is no more.

I take it you were not referring to this.

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