Google Instant Expands, Adds Keyboard Navigation

Google Instant is expanding. The company has just announced new features and wider availability of the search-as-you-type feature.

Let’s start with the latter; Google says Instant is expanding in two ways:

Google Instant On Vertical Search Properties: In addition to being available on Google.com searches, Instant Search is now functioning on “many” of the vertical search options in Google’s left navigation column, like Videos, News, and Blogs.

Google Instant In New Countries: Instant Search is now available to signed-in users in 12 new countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Finally, when using Google Instant, there are new keyboard navigation options. You can use the up and down arrows on your keyboard to navigate through the search suggestions (pretty sure that’s always been the case) and through the search results, too. This video shows how it works.

Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Google: Instant | Google: User Interface | Google: Web Search | Top News

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