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Google ditches hyperlink underlines as part of subtle redesign

By Shawn Knight
Mar 13, 2014
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  1. If you noticed that something looked a little "off" on Google recently but just couldn't place your finger on it, here's your answer. The search giant quietly rolled out a subtle redesign yesterday that does away with the familiar underline,...

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  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,626   +320

    I don't mind it. However, most of the time I just use Bing for the rewards points. Google does better with more specific searches, so I go to that when Bing fails me, the rewards are just enough to keep me at Bing, for now.
     
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Booster Posts: 981   +97

    I don't like it, but I'll get used to it.
    What Google needs to do is spread out the results margins. Right now they take up the left third of my screen and the rest is blank.
     
  4. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    I thought my google was broken or something because I happened to switch to windows 7 and everything started to look different. Forgot about until now since I didn't see any news
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2014
  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Addict Posts: 536   +149

    I think that's because there are ads. I wouldn't know though because adblock :p (or it's to be consistent with mobiles...)
     
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,814   +921

    I think if you're going to do away with the underline, (and I'd rather have it), then you need to aggravate the difference in color, perhaps even type face, between standard text and hyperlink. Not everybody sees @ 20/20, and not everybody has perfect color discrimination either.
     
  7. I prefer DuckDuckGo. Its search is easier to fine-tune. I do need to switch to Bing or Google from time to time, especially for very technical subjects, but for the rest DDG delivers quickly and hassle-free.
     
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,308   +100

    I've barely noticed the change in google's search... hum...

    I'm sorry but... what reward points??
     
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,626   +320

    @Kibaruk You get blocks of points early on for various super easy things, the easy point giving runs out pretty quick. After that, you get 0.5 pts for every search. At my work I end up doing a lot of searching, so I rack up a few points each day, and they usually give you 2 points for clicking on some article they want you to read (you just click, don't have to read). Then you exchange points for various crap, most of it sucks. But I have used it for Hulu Plus, haven't found anything else I want to trade my points in for, but they have a few gift certificates, xbox stuff, and now OneDrive for a year.
     
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,308   +100

    If you want send me a referal through inbox I'll take a look once I get back home.
     
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,174   +761

    I had noticed a bit of difference but gave it no thought until I read this article. I don't care, as long as it works properly I'm happy.
     
     
  12. Capaill

    Capaill TS Rookie Posts: 94   +15

    A Google search for Techspot in Firefox still shows the underlines. But the same search in IE has no underlines. Looks like it's browser dependent?
     
  13. "I prefer DuckDuckGo. Its search is easier to fine-tune. I do need to switch to Bing or Google from time to time, especially for very technical subjects, but for the rest DDG delivers quickly and hassle-free."

    A special thanks for our sponsors at DuckDuckGo! Back to you Bob.
     
  14. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Enthusiast Posts: 225   +6

    /shrug I still get underlines in google searches both chrome and ie
     


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