Instant search is available from both the standard Google.com search page as well as the Google Chrome Omni bar. I’ll cover both starting with Google.com.
The first, visit Google.com and click the Gear at the top-right and select Search Settings.
Scroll about halfway down the settings page and click the bullet labeled “Do not use Google Instant.”
Once you’ve done that, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom and click Save Preferences.
Alternatively, you can visit Google with a function added onto the end of the URL to disable Google Instant. For those with U.S. Google Accounts just use: http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0
Firefox users can block Google instant from their omni-searchbox by adding this tag to their Google keyword.URL in the Firefox config explained in this tutorial.
Disable Instant Search From Chrome’s Omni Bar
I do most of my searches from the my browser’s omni-bar, and Chrome is no exception to that. Here’s how to remove Instant Search from the Chrome omni-search box.
Click the wrench at the top-right of Chrome and select Options.
In Options > Basics, click Manage search Engines.
Now scroll down to the bottom and type in the following for each box:
- Add a new search engine : Google (No Instant)
- Keyword: Google.com
- URL with %s in place of query: http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0
Once added it should automatically save. To double-check this scroll back up to the top and your new search block should be seen under Default search options.