Google SearchWiki and how to disable it

Google SearchWiki SearchWiki lets you customize your Google Web Search results by ranking, removing, and adding notes to them. You’ll see your changes whenever you do the same searches while signed in to your Google Account, or until you decide to undo them. You can also see how other users have tailored any given search results page with their own notes and changes.

SearchWiki is one of those features that should really have a built-in mechanism for disabling it. Many people are finding the new feature a bit annoying.

In the mean time, until they realize that people might not want this feature, here are a few things you can do to turn it off it yourself:

  • Sign out from your Google account. The feature is only available to authenticated users since it’s a way to customize search results.
  • If you enable any Google Experimental feature except "SearchWiki with sound", you’ll no longer see Google SearchWiki. Probably the most useful experiment you can enable is "Keyboard shortcuts", which adds shortcuts to Google search.
  • To disable SearchWiki for the current session, add "&hl=all" to the URL of a search results page. Unfortunately, the change is not permanent.

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