Technical note: searching Google images

In 2018 Google removed the View image function from Google Images — a change that made the program harder to use as a resource for writing. Google commented at the time, “For those asking, yes, these changes came about in part due to our settlement with Getty Images this week.”

https://www.cultofmac.com/529417/google-just-made-terrible-changes-image-search/

On August 6, 2019, Google took another step backward by moving preview images to a window at the side of the screen, where each one remains until it’s clicked away. According to this article, the change hasn’t been popular.

https://www.seroundtable.com/google-launches-new-image-search-preview-box-28012.html

For the work I do on this blog, the 2018 change was an annoyance and the 2019 change made searching Google Images seriously clumsy. Fortunately, however, the add-on Google Images Restored reverses both changes. If Google takes it down I suppose the time will have come to switch to Bing or Duck Duck Go, but for now it works fine. It’s free, and it works with both Chrome and Firefox.