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Google Makes its Search (Bar) Even Bigger

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

Google has rolled out an update increasing the size of its search bar.

We’re all well used to seeing updates to Google's wide array of products. Be it Gmail, Google Book Search, Maps or Google Earth, the company is constantly adding new features and tweaking things to make everything run smoother. However, a more rare occurrence is Google changing its homepage. Today, the company announced a change to the Google search bar that, while relatively small, will effect everyone.

Google's Marissa Mayers today took to the Google blog to explain a change that you should see anytime you visit Google from today onwards. The company has enlarged the input box as well as the text inside to highlight its focus on search.

Starting today, you'll notice on our homepage and on our search results pages, our search box is growing in size. Although this is a very simple idea and an even simpler change, we're excited about it — because it symbolizes our focus on search and because it makes our clean, minimalist homepage even easier and more fun to use.

The search box is also blowing up the size of the search suggestions in the drop down menu that appears as you type. Previously quite small, the suggestions will now be clearer and easier to read.

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Screen grab above for those of you who can't see the change just yet.

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    Platypus , September 10, 2009 1:40 PM
    I wonder if they're going to update their patent to reflect a "bigger bar."
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    maniac5999 , September 10, 2009 1:39 PM
    I always love typing general words like "what" and "why" into the search bar just to see what stupid things people are googling.
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    JMcEntegart , September 10, 2009 1:46 PM
    maniac5999I always love typing general words like "what" and "why" into the search bar just to see what stupid things people are googling.


    My favorite is "why do men have nipples?"
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  • 20 Hide
    maniac5999 , September 10, 2009 1:39 PM
    I always love typing general words like "what" and "why" into the search bar just to see what stupid things people are googling.
  • 23 Hide
    Platypus , September 10, 2009 1:40 PM
    I wonder if they're going to update their patent to reflect a "bigger bar."
  • 13 Hide
    JMcEntegart , September 10, 2009 1:46 PM
    maniac5999I always love typing general words like "what" and "why" into the search bar just to see what stupid things people are googling.


    My favorite is "why do men have nipples?"
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    randomizer , September 10, 2009 1:46 PM
    maniac5999I always love typing general words like "what" and "why" into the search bar just to see what stupid things people are googling.

    You should look at http://live.letmegooglethatforyou.com/ then. There are some really, REALLY stupid things being Googled through that website. For example:

    "how to make jamaican beef patties"
    "why am I so fat and ugly?"
    "what is the speed of dark?"

    On topic, it looks exactly the same for me. Perhaps the Australian mirror has not yet been updated, but I would have thought that Google would have updated it globally all at once.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2009 1:48 PM
    Google Canada has not changed! Guess Google hates all Canadians.
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    lvlouro , September 10, 2009 1:48 PM
    PlatypusI wonder if they're going to update their patent to reflect a "bigger bar."

    +1
    exact same thought!!!
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    JMcEntegart , September 10, 2009 1:52 PM
    Google also hates the Irish. :( 
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    tayb , September 10, 2009 1:57 PM
    Is there a way to change it back? It's way too freaking big. I'm sure my grandparents would be pleased but as of right now I have google zoomed out on firefox so it is not so freaking obnoxious. Zooming out every time will be a huge pain in the ass so if I can't change it I'll just start using Bing more often.
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    the shoe , September 10, 2009 2:03 PM
    wow big news. evidently there's not a lot to report on these days
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    randomizer , September 10, 2009 2:05 PM
    I just checked the US site and it's still the same?
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    AdamB5000 , September 10, 2009 2:06 PM
    In a related story, I wiped my a** today. 8)
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    doomtomb , September 10, 2009 2:06 PM
    It changed last night, reason why this is happening is because people have bigger monitors with higher resolution so they want to increase the size of this to stay up with the times.
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    icepick314 , September 10, 2009 2:08 PM
    chinesemafia69lol first

    chinesemafia69i was wrong


    it's almost 2010...

    it's not "cool" anymore to post "lol first"....

    what are you? 6 yr old who JUST started using internet?
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    eyemaster , September 10, 2009 2:12 PM
    Just a little bigger. Exactly what was needed for better viewing on all the new monitor sizes people are buying with higher resolution. Text was getting smaller and smaller!
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    burnley14 , September 10, 2009 2:12 PM
    When will Google learn that it's not the size that matters?
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    warezme , September 10, 2009 2:14 PM
    congrats on the ass wipe-age.., glad to see you finally figured that one out.
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    JMcEntegart , September 10, 2009 2:17 PM
    icepick314it's almost 2010...it's not "cool" anymore to post "lol first"....what are you? 6 yr old who JUST started using internet?


    It wasn't ever cool.
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