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Google Makes its Search (Bar) Even Bigger

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Google has rolled out an update increasing the size of its search bar.

We’re all well used to seeing updates to Google's wide array of products. Be it Gmail, Google Book Search, Maps or Google Earth, the company is constantly adding new features and tweaking things to make everything run smoother. However, a more rare occurrence is Google changing its homepage. Today, the company announced a change to the Google search bar that, while relatively small, will effect everyone.

Google's Marissa Mayers today took to the Google blog to explain a change that you should see anytime you visit Google from today onwards. The company has enlarged the input box as well as the text inside to highlight its focus on search.

Starting today, you'll notice on our homepage and on our search results pages, our search box is growing in size. Although this is a very simple idea and an even simpler change, we're excited about it — because it symbolizes our focus on search and because it makes our clean, minimalist homepage even easier and more fun to use.

The search box is also blowing up the size of the search suggestions in the drop down menu that appears as you type. Previously quite small, the suggestions will now be clearer and easier to read.

Screen grab above for those of you who can't see the change just yet.

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    willmagic , 10 September 2009 21:30
    IT news must be really slow today.....
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    atomdrift , 11 September 2009 02:17
    Oh knock it off, Will. It may be a small change, but they would be remiss if they didn't note it.
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    paperfox , 11 September 2009 02:46
    I kind of liked it better when it was small, being 12 font in size now it’s like 16 font. My first impression was before I read about it here was if I accidently changed the size of my font on the page and was wondering how to change it back.
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    Lord-Ilpolazzo , 11 September 2009 07:28
    Il second the above comment, I thought exactly the same thing... it looked much better being smaller why oh why must they always feel the need to change stuff just leave it alone
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    devilxc , 16 September 2009 19:51
    I actually used ctrl and scroll to try to reduce the size. I was wondering why it had changed.

    It definately looks worse and how can making something bigger symbolise a "minimalist homepage". - clue is in the word MINIMAList.