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Old 01-12-22, 05:48 PM
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Help with appearance of Google search results in Firefox

Yesterday, for no apparent reason, Google search results changed their layout in Firefox. It's probably an elementary fix, but I can't figure it out.

This is what I'm seeing:



This is what I want to see:




Old 01-12-22, 06:19 PM
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Re: Help with appearance of Google search results in Firefox

Looks like your browser is configured for a smart tablet or even phone. Check the browser settings and change it to desktop.
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Old 01-12-22, 09:38 PM
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Re: Help with appearance of Google search results in Firefox

Thanks, E Unit. I don't seem to have a Settings option anywhere, crazy as it sounds. I should mention that I have an old OS, and haven't been able to use a more recent vesion of Firefox than 52.9.0. (New PC has been delayed until early Feb., presumably because of microchip shortage)

The only browser changes I see are under Tools-->Options:


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Does it still look the same in a private tab? Are you also using any addons? If so try to disable them temporarily to see if you still get the same layout?
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Thanks, Sonic. Same centered layout in a private tab and with add-ons disabled.
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I guess a last resort if you don't get your issue resolved:

Firefox Support ? mozillaZine Forums

Hope you find the fix soon!
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Re: Help with appearance of Google search results in Firefox

^They'll just tell me to get a computer and OS from this millennium, which is in the process of happening (on order from Dell).
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Old 01-13-22, 11:28 PM
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Re: Help with appearance of Google search results in Firefox

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^They'll just tell me to get a computer and OS from this millennium, which is in the process of happening (on order from Dell).


But it may not be a PC/OS issue. It looks more like a browser issue. On my Brave browser I see it like your second screenshot. Firefox is having some issues right now it could be that.




I'm not that far behind myself from wanting to upgrade my dinosaur PC.
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Re: Help with appearance of Google search results in Firefox

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But it may not be a PC/OS issue. It looks more like a browser issue. On my Brave browser I see it like your second screenshot. Firefox is having some issues right now it could be that.
Aha, maybe that's it. Search results are still showing up fine in Opera, for instance, so I have been using that for searches. Chrome and Avast browsers are also yielding normal-looking results.
I'm not that far behind myself from wanting to upgrade my dinosaur PC.
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Aha, maybe that's it. Search results are still showing up fine in Opera, for instance, so I have been using that for searches. Chrome and Avast browsers are also yielding normal-looking results.

What are you planning to get?
Firefox for the last few months have been doing weird stuff it's the reason why I stopped using it. For some strange reason internet speed was very slow on firefox while on Brave it was super fast.

I'm not sure what to get. I don't really need anything powerful. I just browse and do graphics. I would like the tower this time around to be very slim. A small compact tower would be great. Not into laptops when it comes to doing graphics so that's out. I guess for my needs anything $700 and under will be fine.
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^I wish I could advise you on a good PC for your needs, but it's not my area of expertise.
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Re: Help with appearance of Google search results in Firefox

It looks to me like an issue with google and not Firefox.

Like E Unit said, it appears that something is making google think you're using a tablet or phone. I poked around google and couldn't find any way to change the settings to desktop/tablet/phone, so it's probably an autodetect.

Since you said you're using an old computer with an outdated operating system and outdated version of Firefox, that might be what's making google think you're using a handheld device instead of a PC.
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Thanks, Josh. Dell 540S with Vista 64.
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Apparently this is coming from Google who are randomly targeting some Firefox users with this experimental layout.

https://support.google.com/websearch...e-search?hl=en
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Re: Help with appearance of Google search results in Firefox

Sounds like Norm has been targeted.

I have, in the past, noticed that google was doing some weird things. Wonder if that was them guinea pigging me.
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Re: Help with appearance of Google search results in Firefox

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Apparently this is coming from Google who are randomly targeting some Firefox users with this experimental layout.

https://support.google.com/websearch...e-search?hl=en
So much for Google's "Don't Do Evil" dictum. I'll try clearing the cache as that guy suggests. Otherwise, I'll just have to keep using other browsers for searches. Not really a big deal.
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Re: Help with appearance of Google search results in Firefox

Companies are always using A-B testing to check if redesigning certain elements on a page produce more engagement or whatever. It's almost always randomly chosen users. Amazon even does it to me on one of their tablets once in awhile.
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