If you are one of the many people who has been annoyed with recent Google changes, such as personalised search and auto-correction of your searches, then you’ll be glad to hear that you can now choose to turn them off…
In a post on the “Inside Search" blog, Google says “we've received a lot of requests for a more deliberate way to tell Google to search using your exact terms. We've been listening, and starting today you'll be able to do just that through verbatim search.”
When you use Verbatim Search (found in the left hand menu, under the ‘More Search Tools’ option), Google uses the exact words you enter, without making changes and without showing results that they think you will be more likely to want.
Google lists the things that Verbatim Search turns off, including:
- automatic spelling corrections
- personalised search results, using information such as sites previously visited.
- synonyms in the results
See the full list here.