Google Removes ‘View Image’ Button From Search Results, but There’s a Way You Can Get It Back
Google is making a change to image search that sounds small but will have a big impact: it’s removing the “view image” button that appeared when you clicked on a picture, which linked you to the image. We’ve all used the button extensively to grab images we needed off of Google.
One can still get images off of the internet, but it’ll just be a little more frustrating. Google has long been under fire from content creators who felt that image search allowed people to steal their work and reuse it without their consent. One of the possible reasons for the change is to redirect users to the website where the image is found so that the website can serve ads and to intimate users about any associated copyright information.
That’s great news for publishers and content creators, but it’s annoying for pretty much everyone else. Now you’ll have to wait for a website to load and then navigate through it find the specific image. The ordeal gets only harder on websites that disable right click functionality.
In addition to removing the “view image” button, Google had also removed the “search by image” button that appeared when you opened up a photo, presumably to deter people who used the feature to look for a watermark-free version of an image. You’ll still be able to do a reverse image search by dragging the image to the search bar, and Google will still display related images when you click on a search result.
Two ways you can work around it
Fortunately, there’s are a few ways around it. Right-click on the image and select “open image in new tab” or “view image,” and you’ll still be able to see a full-size picture. If you’re a traditionalist and absolutely cannot do without the button, the following method is for you.
The button can be re-enabled via an extension which can be downloaded as a Chrome extension. Click the Add to Chrome button and select yes on the dialog box which will pop up asking you if you want to install the extension. The ‘View Image’ extension should now be installed which can be verified by looking at the new icon in the Chrome taskbar.