In the last few days, Google has performed a very annoying configuration change to how users view images in their image-based search component by removing the ‘View Image’ and ‘Search by Image’ buttons! We are, to put it lightly, a bit miffed by the whole adjustment here but Google claim the reason behind this is that they could only include Getty images in their stock images if they removed these particular features. Getty Images didn’t decide to request this on a mere whim, it is in a bid to reduce copyright infringement. While we understand their reasoning, it is still quite infuriating and unfair when a heavily relied upon feature goes the way of the dinosaur. Makes us think of Jurassic Park… gosh that movie was awesome!
Anyway…now you wonder what they have put instead of removing the View Image feature? Well now we have to opt for the Visit button which will take a user directly to the website where the image is hosted. Great…There isn’t even an alternative for the ‘Search by Image’ feature. Oh no! Have a look at what we mean below.
Is there any way to get these two features back? If you have Google Chrome, then a chrome extension has come to the rescue called ‘View Image’ by developer Joshua Butt. We show you how it works below.
Navigate yourself to the Chrome Web Store page.
Search for the application – View Image – and when you are viewing the app details, click Add to Chrome.
You are prompted if you want to add View Image to your Google Chrome extensions. Click Add extension.
The extension is now installed onto your Google Chrome web browser. Now we check out the same image again and wow, the ‘View Image’ and ‘Search by Image’ features have returned to us. We first test out the ‘View Image’ button.
Seems great to us!
We then test out the Search by image feature.
This works as well! Fantastic.
We are hopeful that Google does relent from overwhelming consumer backlash and reintroduces those features – View Image and Search by Image – but we are happy with the Chrome extension as an alterantive for now. Unfortunately no similar app/extension has yet been developed for the other web browsers (i.e. Firefox Mozilla, Safari, Edge) at this stage. Hopefully this may change in the near future!