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:
- From your Google search results page, click the gear-shaped Options icon at the top right, then select "Search settings."
- Scroll down a bit until you see "Personal results." Tick the box next to "Do not use personal results."
- Click "Save" at the bottom of the settings screen.
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.