Bye Bye Google Search Underlined Links

By Riya Bhattacharjee
|  Thursday, Mar 13, 2014  |  Updated 5:01 PM PDT
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Bye Bye Google Search Underlined Links

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Google Search has done away with underlined links.

Google has removed its 90s-style underlined links from Google Search, marking the end of an era.

Google lead designer Jon WIley announced the change in a Google+ post:

"Towards the end of last year we launched some pretty big design improvements for Search on mobile and tablet devices (mobile first! :-). Today we've carried over several of those changes to the desktop experience.

We've increased the size of result titles, removed the underlines, and evened out all the line heights. This improves readability and creates an overall cleaner look. We've also brought over our new ad labels from mobile, making the multi-device experience more consistent."

Wiley said that improving the consistency in design across platforms makes it easier for people to use Google Search across devices.

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And, it makes it easier for Google to develop and ship improvements across the board, he said.

Not everyone is please about the change though.

"I think I miss the lines," Google+ user Matt Keithley commented.

Others complained about the typography on different browsers and how the new design made it harder to read the search results quickly. One commenter described it as a "blurry eye chart."

"While the page is indeed cleaner with the changes, I find the font size of the title makes scanning the results more difficult now. It's also, in my opinion, too large compared to the link and description of the results," said Google+ user David Metcalfe.

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Some made their displeasure known by addting #bringbacktheunderline ´╗┐to their comments.

The Google News page was still showing underlined links Thursday.

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