You may have noticed while searching on Google lately that there are now fewer search filtering options available under the ‘More’ drop down menu, as well as on the top menu bar. What you may not have noticed is that these options now adjust dynamically based on what you’re searching for.
All the search filters that were previously available are not gone, Google is just now providing what it thinks are the best filters for the specific query. While this is a small change it’s still worth pointing out, especially if you’ve grown accustomed to using the extensive list of filtering options that were once available.
A Google spokesperson confirmed this recent change:
We’re always making changes to Search to help you find the most useful things more easily. For example, if you search for ‘English to Tagalog’ you’ll see ‘Apps’ that’ll help you with translation as well as ‘Books’ and ‘Shopping’ in case you’re looking to buy a printed or electronic dictionary.
If you’re looking for an option that appears to be no longer available, such as ‘Patents’, you’ll be happy to know the content that would have been included under that filter will now be shown in the main search results.
Following the news of Pinterest’s recipe search engine, Google reminds that they also have recipe filtering options available. By searching for a dish and clicking on ‘Search Tools’ you can filter results by ingredients, cook time, calories, and more. This is something they have been working on for a while, but they seem to be drawing more attention to it since Pinterest launched a similar feature.