Google Increases Size Of Search Box & Buttons

Google has subtly increased the size of its front page search text box and accompanying "Google Search" and "I'm Feeling Lucky" buttons to encourage users to input longer search strings.

Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience, said on the company blog that "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."

One immediate change is that the text (including the suggestion lists as well) in the box has a bigger size, possibly 14, without changing much to the overall weight of the page.

The bigger search field has also been rolled out across the site, appearing on the search engine results page as well. Google has patented the design of its front page which has barely change over the last 11 years.

Some observers reckon that the update would be well received by the growing number of netbook users who often have to face smaller displays with even smaller fonts.

For users who baulk at the idea of using a bigger Google search page, they can reduce the size of the font by pressing CTRL & - simultaneously.

Our Comments

Chrome and Firefox allow you to search without actually going on Google's website. You can actually search simply by pressing on the F6 button which will move your cursor to the address bar. Type your search query and press on enter et Voila.

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