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As reported by Google Operating System, a couple days ago, Google gave its Image Search a “cleaner look.” The new design uses JavaScript to hide much of the information (such as the domain, type, dimensions, and size of the file) that used to appear below each image (as shown in the screenshot at the beginning of this post, this information appears when you mouseover a particular image). Understandably, this change had its critics, with reasonable concerns such as this one from cenoxo:

The “classic” Google Images results are far better, show more information in a quick glance, and you don’t have to mouse over each image individually.

Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to get back the “classic” version of Google Image Search. Since the new version relies upon JavaScript, simply disabling JavaScript in your browser will return the same search with the old look, like so:

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But chances are, you do want to enable JavaScript for other pages, so an across-the-browser solution likely won’t cut it for you. To respond to this need, Google Operating System provides a hack to disable JavaScript on Google Image Search only in a variety of browsers.