Confirmed: Google Testing Frames For Search Options & Search Results

Google has confirmed a new user interface test on the search results page where the left side search filters are in a scrollable frame, and the middle of the search results are in their own scrollable frame. Technically, they are not frames, but rather some form of AJAX or HTML5 like interface. I am honestly not sure, since I did not see it myself.

I reported this at the Search Engine Roundtable and posted a video from a spanish blogger that captured it. Here is that video:

 

The Spanish blogger also notes you can try this yourself by changing your cookies. I have not tried this, nor do I recommend it, but if you want to take the risk, here is what you do.

(1) Use Chrome (2) Download this chrome extension (3) Then modify your cookies and in the field it says NID use

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A Google spokesperson confirmed this as a new test, saying “Google is always experimenting with new features.”

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About The Author: is Search Engine Land's News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry's personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here. For more background information on Barry, see his full bio over here.

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