Quickly access Google cached pages in Chrome

Here are two easy ways to find the cached versions of Web pages when you're searching Google in your Chrome Web browser.

An example of a cached page in Google Chrome. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Ever use Google to search for an answer and when you find it in the search results and click on the page, it's gone? How annoying. Another bothersome occurrence appears when a Web page layout has changed, and the information you usually find in a certain place is now moved somewhere else. For times like this, Google's page cache is amazingly useful. The results are not 100 percent guaranteed to show you exactly what you're looking for, but hey, there's not a whole lot of 100 percent anythings left in the world.

Before Google went through its home page identity crisis, the cached link took residence beneath each search result. However, this link has now moved to a more elusive spot on the search result page. So here are two ways you can quickly look at cached pages, whether you want to look through a collection of results from Google, or you know exactly which page for which you want to see the cached version.

Search result method

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

When searching for information on Google, mouse over one of the search results that appears to have the information you need. You should see a double arrow load to the right of the result. Click the arrows and then a preview of the cached version will appear. Along the top of this preview, click the Cached link (it will be directly underneath the URL).

Address bar method

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

This method is really handy when you're already looking at a Web page and want to see if Google has an older cached version of it. Simply add "cache:" in front of the current URL. For example, if you were looking at www.spca.org, you would want cache:www.spca.org in the address bar.

Google also tells you when the cache is from -- it's along the top of the page in a gray information bar -- using both methods.

Thanks to Digital Inspiration for pointing out the address bar method.


 

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