How to Turn Off Google’s New Personal Results
Google launched its new "personal results" feature yesterday that now mixes more Google+ posts from you and the people you follow on the service into your regular search results pages. There is a lot of talk about how it's anticompetitive and a sign of Google abusing its legal monopoly in search to push Google+, but the reality is, "search+" as many have come to call it, just isn't very good or useful in most instances. For the most part, it just clutters up your search results with stuff you aren't looking for. Thankfully, Google makes it easy to turn this feature off. Here is how:
The Temporary Solution
If you just want to see what your regular results without search+ would look like, you can just use the toggle in the top right corner of the screen. This selection isn't sticky, however, and Google will just revert to Search+ the next time you come back to Google to search (note: you will only see this toggle once Search+ is enable for your account).
If you want to switch the default to non-personalized results, though, you have to do a tiny little bit more work.
Step 1: head to the search settings menu by clicking on the cogwheel in the top right corner of the screen and click on "search settings"
Step 2: Scroll down a bit and look for the "Personal results" section. Select "Do not use personal results."
Step 3: Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the blue "Save" button.
Search+ is now off by default, but you can still use the regular toggle to turn it on for this specific search session again.
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