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How to hide Google+ results in Google searches

Google recently added results from Google+ to its search results, but for many users, these results are distracting at best and invasive at worst. It's not too hard to turn off these results by default. Here's how.

Google just rolled out "Search, plus Your World," which adds results from Google+ and other sources Google deems right for you.

This can be handy, but it can also be distracting--who needs yet another quick pathway to social sites?

It's easy to choose not to see "personal results" by using the toggle at the top right for the search results page, but if you'd rather turn them off by default, you need to tinker with your search settings. Here's how to do it:

  1. From your Google search results page, click the gear-shaped Options icon at the top right, then select "Search settings."
    Step 1: Go to Options.
    Step 1: Go to Options.
  2. Scroll down a bit until you see "Personal results." Tick the box next to "Do not use personal results."
    Step 2: Change Google search settings.
    Step 2: Change Google search settings.
  3. Click "Save" at the bottom of the settings screen.
    Result: Personal results don't appear in the main search area.
    Result: Personal results don't appear in the main search area.

That's it! You can't yet turn off the recommended Google+ pages to the right of your search results, but they're not quite as distracting.